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TANZI- Handmade Earrings with African Handmade Brass Beads and African Blue Recycled Glass

TANZI- Handmade Earrings with African Handmade Brass Beads and African Blue Recycled Glass

These earrings are  exciting and collectible. The wonderful handmade brass beads are topped natural bone discs in a golden hue and aqua blue recycled glass beads with a tiny brass disc on either end. I've mixed in a little touch of copper and copper leverback ear wires  They measure a total of 2 1/4 " in length.

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TRADE BEADS- Rediscovering Trade Beads of African and Native American trade has been inspiring and educational. Beads have been the passion of humans from earliest history.  Each bead used in trade has an unknown past of great interest and collectible value.

BRASS TRADE BEADS-Brass has been used in many forms in Africa and still is today. There intricate spiral and woven beads have been made in different regions by lost wax casting. Many of the small bicones and heishi spacers beads have their origin as prayer beads from Ethiopia and Kenya. The various forms have been used in trade for goods, which is why they are called trade beads. Historians suggest the ancient Tuareg technique may have paved the way for the cage-like Baoule Brass Beads now produced in abundance along the Ivory Coast.

African recycled glass beads are made by members of the Krobo Tribe which is located in Ghana, Africa. These African beads are created by compressing glass into a dry grain, and heating the grain so that the pieces form together. The recycled glass is rushed into a porcelain cast. The stem of a cassava leaf is used to make the hole. It is baked in a furnace causing the glass to melt together and cassava stem to burn. This technique has been used in Africa for centuries to make recycled glass beads. The technique used by the Krobo people is made to resemble sea glass or beach glass that  is physically and chemically weathered glass found on beaches along bodies of fresh and salt water. These weathering processes produce natural frosted glass.

COPPER- is a wonderful conductor of energy.. Copper supports the tissues and red blood cells. It is commonly known that copper has been used in bracelets to help those with arthritis
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