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This is an old African style of necklace. Once a year, a man would come from Africa to see us, bringing hand carved masks, figures, drums, other instruments, sand cast bells, trade beads...
He was very nice, and I would look forward to seeing him.

One year, he showed me how to make this necklace. We made it then in Nickel Silver...but I have been doing more Bronze work lately, and felt to make one of his necklaces. I like to make them...it reminds me of him, the things he would bring, and the stories he would try to tell me about each piece, and who made it.

This necklace is hand forged from Bronze .080 and .051 wire, which I cut, bend, hammer and polish. It is decorated with antique African Trade Beads that the man brought and gave to me years ago...along with old style tile crow beads as spacers. The centre piece is 5 inches wide, and the longest hammered metal piece is 4 inches long.

I have strung this onto a double thick leather cord, bound with bronze hand coiled wire, and a hand forged bronze clasp. The full length is just shy of 18 inches...which is still more of a choker with the bronze front piece. It should lay just over the collar bone when clasped, depending on the neck size.

I did make bronze earrings to go along with this necklace, as can be seen in the images. If you would like, they can be seen here;
http://www.etsy.com/listing/98519169/hand-forged-bronze-earrings

Hand Forged Bronze Old Style African Trade Bead Choker

$116.00

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Primary color: Bronze
  • Secondary color: Blue
  • Materials: Bronze wire, African trade beads, antique trade beads, leather, tile crow beads
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 630 reviews
  • Favorited by: 86 people