10 Brass Eye Pendants Togo
African brass beads have a rich history and cultural significance. They are renowned for their rustic appearance and tribal look, and they have been popular exports from Africa, second only to recycled glass beads. It's fascinating to note that these beads have served as a form of currency in parts of Ethiopia and Ghana in the past.
The crafting of these beads often involves the "lost wax" process, which is a traditional and largely unchanged technique used by native craftsmen. In this process, a hardened, handmade wax cast is created, and molten brass is poured into it. As the metal cools and hardens, it takes on the characteristics of the wax mold, typically featuring cross-hatched, ringed, or woven designs to support the bead's hollow structure.
Among the different African tribes known for producing brass beads, the Ashanti Brass Beads made by Ghanaian tribespeople are particularly elaborate and intricate compared to the efforts of Ethiopia's Borana tribe. Kenya is also renowned for its solid brass beads, which have gained popularity in the West. Kenyan brass beads have a smooth finish and resemble natural heishi beads, making them a versatile choice for Contemporary stringing projects and brass jewelry.