Collection: Out of Africa

The majority of our African sandcast glass beads have been handmade by the Yoruba people of Nigeria, Togo and Benin, as well as the Krobo people from the eastern region of Ghana.

What makes the manufacture of these spectacular beads so interesting is the simple fact, the artisans from these countries still use the same traditional tools and adopt similar methods as their ancestors have done for centuries. Quite remarkable. 

The colours, texture, design and their irregularities make these beads so unique in the world of adornment. 

They are made from old, recycled bottles and jars which are crushed into powder, heated, and then poured into specially designed molds.

A second group of unusual beads from Africa are made by the Ashanti people of central Ghana - who have specialised in the Lost-Wax method of metal casting since the 3rd millennium BC. 

The process calls for molten metal to be poured into specially designed bead molds which have been made out waxed models. 

The hot liquid causes the wax mold to melt and drain away - and in doing so the beads are created after the metal sets. 

36 products
  • Extravagant - 2Kgs - (1300+pcs) - 4-50mm - Bead Collection like no other - the World in Your Hands
    Glass, Bone, Silver Foil, Resin, Indian, Sandcast, Tribal, Ethnic, Rastas, Hand Carved, Malas, Prayer Beads, Faceted, Crystal, Rocaille, 2 kilos, Kashmiri, Ghana, Nigeria, Himalayas, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia, Czech Republic, Bicones, Rounds, Ovals, Twists, Drops, Tubes, Cubes, Tabular,  Opaque, Transparent, Speckled, Frosted, Silver Foil, Hand-Carved, Frosted Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Necklaces, Bead Curtain, Suncatcher, Multicolours,
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  • 200pcs – Handmade West African Sandcast Yoruba and Krobo Glass Beads
    Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Sandcast, Glass, Beads, Recycled, Yoruba, Krobo, Bottles, Old, Rare, Ethnic, Tribal, Collectible, Statement, Necklaces, Bracelets, Boho, Cassava, Molds, Clay, Kiln, Mortar, Pestle, Wood-Burning, Leg Bangles, Collection, Mix, West Africa, Multicoloured,
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    $56.30
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  • 11pcs - 22x34mm - Crude African Ashanti Lost Wax Cast Brass Spiral Disks from Ghana
    Africa, Ashanti, African, Ghana, Brass, Metal, Spiral Disks, 3rd Millennium, Lost-Wax, Central Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Baoule, Bronze, Lost Wax, Ancient Techniques, Krobo, Krobos, Metal-Casting, Beads, Molten Metal, Bead-Making, Modern Methods, West Africa, Tribe, Ethnic, Hearts, Fern-Like, Glass, Recycled Glass, Dentistry, Necklace, Bracelet, Leg Bangle, Boho-Inspired, Pendant Disks,
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    $14.57
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  • 11pcs - 11x25mm African Ashanti Lost Wax Cast Brass Hearts from Ghana
    Africa, Ashanti, African, Ghana, Brass, Metal, Hearts, Lost-Wax, Central Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Baoule, Bronze, Lost Wax, Ancient Techniques, Krobo, Krobos, Metal-Casting, Beads, Molten Metal, Bead-Making, Modern Methods, West Africa, Tribe, Ethnic, Hearts, Fern-Like, Glass, Recycled Glass, Dentistry, Necklace, Earrings, Bracelet, Leg Bangle, Boho-Inspired,
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  • 100pcs - Recycled Bottle Glass Krobo Beads from Ghana, West Africa
    Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Sandcast, Glass, Recycled, Yoruba, Krobo, Bottles, Old, Jars, Ethnic, Tribal, Statement, Jewellery, Necklaces, Bracelets, Boho, Cassava, Molds, Clay, Kiln, Mortar, Pestle, Wood-Burning, Leg Bangles, Collection, Mix, West Africa, Multicoloured, Brown, Topaz, Clear, Blue, Olive, Green,
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  • 200pcs - Recycled Bottle Glass Krobo Beads from Ghana, West Africa
     Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Sandcast, Glass, Recycled, Yoruba, Krobo, Bottles, Old, Jars, Ethnic, Tribal, Statement, Jewellery, Necklaces, Bracelets, Boho, Cassava, Molds, Clay, Kiln, Mortar, Pestle, Wood-Burning, Leg Bangles, Collection, Mix, West Africa, Multicoloured, Brown, Yellow, Red, Blue, White, Green, White,
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  • 40pcs – Handmade West African Sandcast Yoruba and Krobo Glass Beads
    Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Sandcast, Glass, Recycled, Yoruba, Krobo, Bottles, Old, Jars, Ethnic, Tribal, Statement, Jewellery, Necklaces, Bracelets, Boho, Cassava, Molds, Clay, Kilns, Mortar, Pestle, Wood-Burning, Leg Bangles, Collection, Mix, West Africa,
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  • 44pcs - 100g - 15-20mm White Fish Bone Beads – for Jewellery Making [ODD-6]
    Vertebrae, Fish, Natural, Africa, Fish Beads, Concave, Spacers, Necklaces, Earrings, Jewellery, Tribal, Ethnic, Statement, Beads,
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    $9.27
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  • 10-12mm Colourful South African Fimo Beads [F01]
    Beads, FIMO, Fimo, Germany, Polymer Clay, Stubbies, Beer, South Africa, Jewellery, Specialty, Collectible,
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  • 17pcs - 20-28mm Rough Recycled Krobo Glass Beads from Ghana [AF-2]
    Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Sandcast, Glass, Recycled, Yoruba, Krobo, Bottles, Old, Jars, Ethnic, Tribal, Jewellery, Necklaces, Bracelets, Boho, Cassava, Molds, Clay, Kiln, Mortar, Pestle, Wood-Burning, Leg Bangles, Collection, Mix, West Africa, Multicoloured, Brown, Topaz, Clear, Blue, Olive, Green,
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    $22.52
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  • 90pcs - 5-15mm Rough and Ready Recycled Bottle Glass Beads from Ghana [AF-1]
    Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Sandcast, Glass, Recycled, Yoruba, Krobo, Bottles, Old, Jars, Ethnic, Tribal, Jewellery, Necklaces, Bracelets, Boho, Cassava, Molds, Clay, Kiln, Mortar, Pestle, Wood-Burning, Leg Bangles, Collection, Mix, West Africa, Multicoloured, Brown, Topaz, Clear, Blue, Olive, Green,
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    $13.25
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  • 17pcs – 8-26mm Assorted Turquoise - Beads, Nuggets, Barrels and Drops [SP-52]
    Turquoise, Polished, Semi-Precious, Matrix, Veins, Black, Brown, Himalayas, Slabs, Arizona, Nugget, Nugget, Jewellery-Making, Jewellery, Beaders, Collection, Mix, Necklace, Anklet, Bracelet, Earrings, Spiritual, Healing Qualities, Ethnic, Tribal, United States, Iran, Turkey, Chile, Tibet, Mexico, China, Statement, Green, Blue, Gemstone, Pebbles,
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    $26.49
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  • 23pcs - 58g – 12-20mm – Unique Handmade African Kazuri Ceramic Beads [E-62]
    Tribal, Ethnic, Collection, African, Swahili, Kazuri, Giraffe, Handmade, Hand-Painted, Hand-Glazed, Beads, Kenya, Mount Kenya, Jewellery, Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Nairobi,
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  • 500g – 10-40mm – 700pcs+ Assorted Recycled Indian Bone Bead Collection
    India, Beads, Collection, Bone, Batik, Dyed, Recycled, Ethnic, Tribal, Boho, Vintage, North America, Asia, Thailand, Borneo, Indonesia, Ghana, Africa, China, Necklaces, Bracelets, Bangles, Costume Jewellery, Craft, Art, Teaching, Counting, Projects, Saucer Discs, Washers, Flat Discs, Rondelles, Tubes, Cylinders, Animals, Spacer Beads,
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    $11.92
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  • 55pcs - 12x20mm Hand Scribed and Painted African Clay Beads [E-89]
    Clay, West Africa, Handmade, Hand Painted, Clay, Cylinders, Tubular, Necklaces, Bracelets, Jewellery-Making,
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  • 82pcs – 6-22mm – Very Old Venetian Strand of African Trade Beads [E-68]
    Africa, African, Glass, Trade, African Trade Beads, Millefiori, Thousand Flowers, Multicoloured, Slave Beads, Hippy Beads, Love Beads, Mosaic Beads, Murrine, Rods, Canes, Currency, European Traders, Plateau Continent, Ivory, Food, Fabric, Gold, Status Symbol, Palm Oil, Slaves, Ethnic-Styled Jewellery, Flower Pattern, Appreciate, Investment, Rare, Collectable, Antique, Venice, Venetian, Trade Beads, Ethnic, Strand, Vintage, Old,
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    $325.87
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  • 68pcs – 6-15mm – Old Venetian Strand of African Trade Beads [E-74]
    Africa, African, Glass, Trade, African Trade Beads, Millefiori, Thousand Flowers, Multicoloured, Slave Beads, Hippy Beads, Love Beads, Mosaic Beads, Murrine, Rods, Canes, Currency, European Traders, Plateau Continent, Ivory, Food, Fabric, Gold, Status Symbol, Palm Oil, Slaves, Ethnic-Styled Jewellery, Flower Pattern, Appreciate, Investment, Rare, Collectable, Antique, Venice, Venetian, Trade Beads, Ethnic, Strand, Vintage, Old,
    Regular price
    $149.69
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  • 71pcs – 6-15mm – 250-year-old Venetian Strand of African Trade Beads [E-73]
    Africa, African, Glass, Trade, African Trade Beads, Millefiori, Thousand Flowers, Multicoloured, Slave Beads, Hippy Beads, Love Beads, Mosaic Beads, Murrine, Rods, Canes, Currency, European Traders, Plateau Continent, Ivory, Food, Fabric, Gold, Status Symbol, Palm Oil, Slaves, Ethnic-Styled Jewellery, Flower Pattern, Appreciate, Investment, Rare, Collectable, Antique, Venice, Venetian, Trade Beads, Ethnic, Strand, Vintage,
    Regular price
    $156.31
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  • 78pcs – 6-17mm – Vintage Venetian Strand of African Trade Beads [E-72]
    Africa, African, Glass, Trade, African Trade Beads, Millefiori, Thousand Flowers, Multicoloured, Slave Beads, Hippy Beads, Love Beads, Dogon Beads, Skunk Beads, Arab, Arab Traders, Mosaic Beads, Murrine, Rods, Canes, Currency, European Traders, Plateau Continent, Ivory, Food, Fabric, Gold, Status Symbol, Palm Oil, Slaves, Ethnic-Styled Jewellery, Flower Pattern, Appreciate, Investment, Rare, Collectable, Antique, Venice, Venetian, Trade Beads, Ethnic, Strand, Vintage, Hand-Crafted, Ethnic, Collectable,
    Regular price
    $171.54
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  • 79pcs – 6-20mm – Venetian Antique Strand of African Trade Beads [E-71]
    Africa, African, Glass, Trade, African Trade Beads, Millefiori, Thousand Flowers, Multicoloured, Slave Beads, Hippy Beads, Love Beads, Mosaic Beads, Murrine, Rods, Canes, Currency, European Traders, Plateau Continent, Ivory, Food, Fabric, Gold, Status Symbol, Palm Oil, Slaves, Ethnic-Styled Jewellery, Flower Pattern, Appreciate, Investment, Rare, Collectable, Antique, Venice, Venetian, Trade Beads, Ethnic, Strand,
    Regular price
    $174.19
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