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30~35mm Tube Beads (10) - Brown w. White Etching - Vintage Clay Beads

$18.00 AUD

These beads seem to be made from a pinkish/brown terracotta clay, and then left uncoated, with just their simple markings as the adornment.  Kind of beautiful in their imperfection.

This long cylinder style will give a tribal look to anything you make don't you think?  It's really unusual!  The bead has dotted lines on the ends, and arcs and 'sun' shaped stamping patterns.   Beads weigh about 3 grams each.

Measurements:  about 30mm to 35mm.  You can see from the photos how different they all are!  We will try and send same sizes in each packet when you order.

Quantity per pack:  10

I'm getting really confused listing all these clay beads - these ones look like they are white on the inside, so I'm not sure whether that is a base for the 'mandrel' for the clay to stick to, or whether the pinkish/brown colour has been painted on later.  But then some don't look like they are white inside!  I'm tending to think they are a pinkish/brown clay with the patterns scored into the clay, and the white is painted on afterwards.

These clay beads are vintage stock from a warehouse clearance, that we scooped up years ago.  You won't find beads in many places that are like these!  Truly unique handmade beads!  These beads were made individually by hand in Ghana, Africa a long time ago.

Being handmade there is a lot of variation in the sizing and shapes.  We have taken photos in front of a ruler, as well as alone, to try and show the approximate sizing of the beads.

Due to the huge variation, we won't measure proportions, sizes or hole sizes here.  Please refer to the photos for that kind of information.

These beads are from a collection of bisque fired (no glaze) terracotta/clay/ceramic.  There are a lot of definitions of the way these beads are made, and if you are interested, have a google about them and gather information.  They are amazing beads to find out about!

We can't be certain of their exact information, rather we are giving suggestions of what these beads are, and where they are from, how they are made etc, from information gathered from our general observations over the last many years in the bead trade.