Red Terracotta Clay Bead - 5 styles

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These beads seem to be made from a reddish terracotta clay, and then left uncoated, with just their simple markings as the adornment.  Kind of beautiful in their imperfection.  You would need to love this style of bead and come up something truly unique to give them what they deserve!

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/red 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/red clay with the patterns scored into the clay, and the white is painted on afterwards.

  1. Style 1:  Large oval bead. (Code B2880/7) All the stock listed appears to be all we have of this shape.  The bead has lines etched into it to make sections, and I'm pretty sure the circular patterning is by stamp, as each pattern has 8 little outside parts with a dot in the centre.  Beads weigh 7-8 grams each.
  2. Style 2:  Torpedo shaped bead with slashes and circles.  (Code B2878/2)  These beads have 3 lines around their middle, with a line around each end.  In between are slashes of lines, with circles around, and once again that 8 dots from a stamping in there too.  Beads weigh about 5 grams each.
  3. Style 3:  Torpedo shaped bead with slashes and 'V' shapes.  (Code B2878/6)  These beads have 2 lines around the centre, and one around each end.  there are V shapes and slashes or lines radiating out from the V.   Beads weigh about 5 grams each.
  4. Style 4:  Torpedo shaped bead with dotted lines and circles and arc shapes.  (Code B28792)  These beads have 2 dotted lines around each end, with either dotted lines or slashes to make a line, up the length of the bead.  In between the lines are circles, parts of circles, and arcs.  Beads weigh about 5 grams each.
  5. Style 5:  Cylinder shaped bead with dotted lines and a 'sun' and arc shapes.  (Code B2880/3)  These beads have one dotted line around each end, and 2 dotted lines the length of the bead.  In each section between the lines are arc shapes, and that 8 dots stamp that seems to be on a couple of the other styles.  Beads weigh about 4 grams each.
These clay beads are very old stock from a storage lot, that we scooped up years ago.  You won't find beads in many places that are like these!  Truly unique handmade beads!  Most probably made in 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.

We will attempt to give you beads that all look similar for each pack that you buy.

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