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.
I believe that customers should be 100% happy with what they buy from me, so will accept returns with no questions asked. Although the internet has made it much easier to access our beautiful world, there are many reasons something might not be quite what was expected. I try to photograph each piece as well as I can and give good descriptions, but if you are not happy with what you bought, do return it.
Full refunds minus shipping are given on all returns. Customer pays for shipping both to purchase and to return. Returns must be done within 10 days of purchase. International customers can return within 10 days of receipt, but need to check in and inform me about what is going on.
I use the United States Postal Service for shipping, usually using their flat rate envelopes and boxes. I can ship using 1st Class airmail, which is a lot cheaper, but it is not as secure. In the over 20 years that I have used the US Post Office, rarely has there been a loss of mail, although many countries do keep things in customs for a long time. If something is lost, we will process it through the US Post Office. This cannot be done until one month after the shipping date and takes a couple of weeks. I am not responsible for products lost in the mail.
The Happy Clay serving and nesting bowls are made in series, matching cups and platters in similar designs. Artist Niki Crosby works from her studio in Richmond, Virginia. Visit her shop on Etsy to see what is available and make sure to inquire about special commissions.