These heishi strands look great worn as-is, and they are also excellent for use as protective washers in riveted jewelry. There are about 1,000 inexpensive beads per strand, and it's easy to punch a larger hole with any jewelry tool designed for punching holes in metal. Then stack the colors and sizes for use as ornamental rivet accents, or use them on the back of a leather bracelet, to help hold a small rivet securely in place.
We carry an eclectic selection of African beads, both old trade beads, and newer beads made or strung in Africa for the world-wide bead trade. Trade beads are old and/or used beads, and will show varying amounts of wear. Newly-made African beads are generally handmade in small communities. Style and availability vary.
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Trade Beads, Vinyl, Heishi, 3-4mm - Black (Special Purchase)
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26-28" strands of black vinyl (hard rubber) heishi, also known as plastic heishi. Beads are 3-4mm in diameter and 0.3-6mm thick. Inquire about individual strands, as some may have red, yellow, or black heishi mixed in. These heishi were most likely made in Europe and exported to West Africa for trade. Originally made from vulcanized rubber, testing suggests that many are made from other materials, including vinyl. These are not, however, made from record albums.