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African White Metal
Home  >   African Beads   >  Shell   >   African White Metal "Heishi" 1x4mm (approx)
African White Metal

African White Metal "Heishi" 1x4mm (approx)

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Very small white metal rings from east Africa can be used together as shown, but they also work well individually, giving a subtle glint of metal without being overpowering. Used as spacers between larger beads they create space for the big beads to move, giving the necklace more fluidity. Small and light enough to use in earrings, they are an essential bead for designers working with old and ethnographic materials. Use with cable wire with at least 0.015" diameter.

White metal is technically a mix of tin and antimony but in Africa the term is used loosely to refer to any white metal which may also contain some silver, lead, zinc, or nickel. Although these beads are called Heishi, they do not meet the actual Heishi definition. True Heishi is a thin disc-shaped bead with a very small hole in the middle.

Strands are 16" long and contain approximately 350 1x4mm beads.
Price: $12.00 (strand) Qty: Add to Cart

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