Chavron trade beads from Africa. 

Rare, 17th century, Chevron beads It is claimed that Maria Barovier “invented” the Rosetta bead in the late fifteenth century. It was later called a chevron bead by Northern European merchants. Rosetta beads have always played an important and valued role in trade with the colonies. They are present throughout Africa in ceremonial costumes and royal treasuries, and they are always considered valuable savings. Age of beads late 1800s - early 1900s.


This beautiful cuff is from kandicuff So much rainbow. The flower is so fucking cool and it has a little rainbow bead in the middle. Plus there’s glitter beads for the xbase 💓 The cuff says “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and “EDC” I really love this :DD

oracularpaintbrush said [response to this post]:

There have even been Egyptian faiance (sp?) beads found in the barrows and various graves here on Salisbury Plains in England, some of which were the graves of invading Vikings if I recall.

I’m more familiar with the Egyptian faience beads found in Tara, Ireland.

If you take a look at Michael Herity and George Eogan’s Ireland in Prehistory (1977), once you get to about the Bronze Age, you begin to find evidence of renewed migration and new arrivals to Ireland, and one might assume, England, Scotland, and Wales as well. And then again in about the 3rd century AD, after the collapse of the Roman Empire.

Here’s a photo of Egyptian Style Faience beads:

And here’s one of the tiny faience beads found in England:

You can read more about it if you have access to JSTOR **OR** if you want to do their free beta reading program here:

and here:

If you want to read an opposing view, i.e., that these faience beads have no relationship to Mediterranean or Egyptian beads, go here, but keep in mind 1. only the abstract is available and 2. their process seemed to be literally “we burned up a pig wearing a necklace”. I’m not kidding.


Interested in a trade ?

here is what i have - shells , beach pottery ,stones, small fossils ,4 types of wire , beads , watch coggs, found washers, wood slices, hand carved mushroom , jewellery charms , Amethyst arrow head , willow wood for bead making and small willow hoop and keyring rings . 

what am i looking for? something new to make jewellery with, although some things are common to the world over some are unique to country and area etc so be interesting what i can trade, i love all old jewellery bits n pieces n beads and of course natural beads shells stones flint fossils etc, so open to offers, im in uk open to trading worldwide. what you see in pictures is what you get apart from backround wood and foliage of course ;-) ;-)

Inbox me with pics and list ;-)

First, I’d like to thank everyone who liked and reblogged my earlier post with my new Captain Hook beadwork. You all are amazing and supportive, and I’m blown away by it. Thank you so much!

I said I would do a little explaining about the process I used to make our dear, beaded pirate, so here I am! 

First thing I did was find a good photograph I could use that would work in a relatively small area (see the left image up there). I liked the promo shots from season 3, so I went with one of those. That picture is actually too dark for the software I use to help me create the pattern, so I pulled it into Photoshop and tinkered with it and tried to simplify the colors until I got something I could work with. 

Once I got the picture light enough, I brought it into my software (Bead Tool 4). I was able to import the picture and then it “translates” the picture into actual bead colors. Sounds easy peasy in theory! Sadly, it’s not. There’s a LOT of tinkering involved and the colors in the software look very little like the actual bead colors. So while you may get an awesome looking pattern right off the bat, I can guarantee the reality will look leagues different. 

Because I work in a bead shop, I was able to take the pattern in and substitute colors that were close to what I thought would work and then went in and revised the pattern with the colors I had found at work. I also consolidated a couple of areas because I wasn’t able to find the colors suggested or one that was close. The pattern I worked from is the middle image. That was like draft number 4 or 5 of the patterns I futzed with. 

Finally, I was able to sit down over a week or so (25+ hours), and create the image with beads using a peyote stitch. I needed additional thread 3 times during the project, and each time I would have to weave in the new thread and weave closed the old. Also, the colors look very different in different light, and depending on the bead finish, you end up with a different look as well. As you can see from the 3rd image, the difference between the pattern and the actual is noticeable. 

Going forward, I’m going to tweak the pattern a bit more (there’s too much black up top and his hair gets lost, among a few, smaller things I want to change) and then offer the pattern in my Etsy shop as a download, and I’m considering putting together kits for anyone who is interested in learning how to do this on their own. I figure since I went to the trouble of finding the right colors, I could at least make it easier for people to get them. I have no idea how much a kit will cost yet. I’m still figuring all that out. 

That’s the basic process! It sounds crazy, but I loved doing this project. I plan to make more patterns and some actual pieces in the OUAT fandom, but also in other fandoms. Just don’t expect them quickly! I figure this is going to be something I add into my Etsy shop throughout the year. 

Thanks again for all the flailing and kindness in your comments and tags for the original post with the finished piece. You made my week! 

(And for the record, rendering chest hair into beads is odd to say the least. But for my shipmates, I’ll do it. ;) )

Early Style Camping Gear

Starting in the upper left and moving more-or-less clockwise: small tomahawk, portmanteau, stoneware jug, braided buckskin cord, patch knife, buckskin bag for brass sundial compass, wool bonnet (tam o'shanter), trade bead necklace, small gourd for salt, pewter beer mug (could possibly hold water too), canteen gourd, Knife River flint blades, needle case and bone needles, strike-a-light and char-cloth box, wooden bowl and spoon, buckskin bag, bone handled eating knife, waterproofed leather bag, bark tanned belt pouch, buckskin neck bag containing spare fire kit, net shuttle holding hemp line, sewing kit in buckskin bag, wooden needle case with needles, argillite pipe with buckskin bag, fine hemp line, extra blanket pin, belt, pampooties (ghillie shoes), bamboo container containing larger bone awls and other bone tools, in the center, shoulder bag.

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Mammoth man guilty of looting 20,000 prehistoric artifacts

A Mammoth Lakes doctor faces up to two years in prison and a hefty fine after pleading guilty to illegally looting about 20,000 Native American artifacts from Nevadan prehistoric sites for more than two decades in Nevada.

Jonathan Cornelius Bourne, 59, an anesthesiologist at Mammoth Hospital, pleaded guilty Tuesday to 21 felony counts of transporting archaeological resources and excavating, removing, damaging or defacing those resources, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in California.

Officials said Bourne was collecting artifacts and archaeological resources since 1994. He was accused of taking glass trade beads to his Mammoth home on October 2010. He also allegedly altered a small prehistoric site, cremation site and burial cairns at the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Read more.