These large lost wax spacers can be used as focal pieces on a tribal necklace. The one with the hole is fine on the other side. These are big, heavy beads that would look great as a focal piece on a necklace.
Dimensions: About 2.75″ long x 1.25″ wide (7 x 3.5 cm)
The lost wax technique is used all over West Africa, especially in Nigeria and Ghana. The technique is also found in other parts of the world. Each piece is hand cast using a prototype that was made out of wax. As the metal is poured in, in this case, brass, the wax melts and exits through a drain hole. The wax in these pieces were made with an extruder (like a cake decorator) which makes long, noodle like threads. Those are shaped into cones or spheres creating a signature look.
I’ve worked with handicrafts from around the world in a variety of capacities since 1992. I’ve had brick and mortar shops and also make my own things. I love all techniques and worked with clay for three years, but now my personal focus (based on the supplies I’ve hoarded) lies in the textile niche. I sew, embroider and picked up knitting in 2015. You’ll see all of these interests represented in my shop.
This listing refers you to my shop on Etsy. I’ve been there for a long time and sold on eBay for nine years before that. I will be adding new listings to my shop here on Artizan Made. I also manage shops for Afghan Tribal Arts and Oshiwa Designs. Purchased between the three shops can be shipped together. I will send an invoice for shipping separately if it involves items that don’t fit into a flat rate envelope.
I have loved working with my hands since childhood and have tried many craft techniques, finally settling on the textile arts as my main form of expression. I like pulling bits and pieces together to make a greater whole, assembling textures on to a form. But, my bins of fabric are on hold for now as I recently discovered a new obsession, knitting! We'll see how all of these interests merge together over time... I have also sold supplies and tools that I purchase from traders or find in thrift stores. Textile remnants and printing blocks are two favorites I look for. So you might find these, along with what I make, in my shop.