Daily Wire Tip Aug. 13: Heishi Beads

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
August 13, 2010


Can you explain exactly what the bead type heishi is?

-Phyllis in Carlisle, Pennsylvania


The word heishi is Native American in origin, and means shell necklace. Using beads made of shell pieces that have been hand-shaped (usually in a cylindrical or drum shape) creates a genuine heishi necklace. Modern suppliers use this term to describe about any bead that has the heishi shape (including shell beads).

For an interesting article that details genuine heishi, I invite you to read What You Need to Know About Native American Heishi Jewelry.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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    Cathy Sizer

    August 13, 2010 at 10:37 am

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    Cathy Sizer of Rings of Desire (handmade jewelry – not body piercing!!!)

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      August 13, 2010 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks so much Cathy! Yes, what you see on those DVDs really is the true ‘us’, your Wire Faculty team. I am so pleased to hear how much ‘The Definitive Guide’ has already helped you in such a good way : )

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      October 4, 2011 at 2:30 pm

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