Metal African heishi beads are extremely versatile jewelry components that come in brass, copper, and white (pot) metal. Use them as spacer beads and to create texture in earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Sometimes we get machined metal beads (probably made in India) from the African traders who visit us. Occasionally we get Ivory Coast brass beads and open-work brass beads (sometimes called lost wax beads). Ethiopian silver beads provide great textures and accents.