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African Ostrich Egg Shell Heishi 1-2x8-10mm
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African Ostrich Egg Shell Heishi 1-2x8-10mm

African Ostrich Egg Shell Heishi 1-2x8-10mm

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These speckled white discs are made from African ostrich eggs. They work well with African amber, spindle whorls, bauxite, coconut shell beads, and various bone beads. Ok to use as spacers between other beads, but always use at least two together for extra strength. String on SuperLon, cable wires or up to 1mm leather.

Heishi means "shell bead" and the name originally applied only to seashell beads produced in the American southwest. However today the term is applied more generically to many kinds of uniform disc shaped beads. The process begins with small bits of shell or other material that are pierced and strung on a stiff wire. Grinding by hand or by machine shapes and smoothes them to uniform diameter or graduated strands.

Ostrich eggshell beads sometime carry residues of pigments and oils used by the people who made them. They can be cleaned with detergent and a nailbrush or even run through the dishwasher in a mesh bag. Handmade beads all vary slightly, giving your work more character. We also carry coconut shell and vinyl heishi.

Each strand is about 24" long and contains approximately 300 beads.
Price: $45.00 (strand) Qty: Add to Cart

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