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Bone and Horn Beads
Bone & Horn Beads from Rings & Things:
For a natural antique look, try soaking any of the white bone beads in tea, coffee or ink to simulate old ivory. Experiment with different liquids to find your preferred color(s)! Whatever antiquing method you use, be sure to wash your items well and test your antiquing for "colorfastness" before making finished jewelry.
Most horn beads and pendants are made from water buffalo horn. Black and "natural" are usually the horn's original color without any treatments or dyes. Gold and red horn may be bleached and/or dyed. Dyed horn beads and pendants might not be colorfast.
With many wonderful colors, shapes and materials to choose from, handmade beads from India are great for one-of-a kind jewelry. Please be aware that all handmade items vary in size, color, pattern and quantity per strand, so they're not the best choice if who need perfectly matched beads.