Vintage African Trade Beads AKA Christmas Beads tiny glass seed beads 33" strand size 11-0

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One long strand of vintage glass seed beads made for the African trade. Some are Venetian and some look to be Czech.

(Note: These are the small vintage seed beads, not the larger pony beads.)

Bright colors, assorted solids and stripes, with the occasional white hearts and special shapes..

As I recall, these beads acquired their nickname when bead artist and merchant Carol Perrenoud of Beadcats described them as an affordable beady Christmas gift in an article she wrote in Bead and Button about giving beads as gifts.

* Perfect restrung with a simple brass or silver pendant
* Love so sort these by color, then string a few at a time onto leftover wire links
* Use as spacer beads between gemstones, to keep the holes from chipping
* Very affordable accent beads!


Q U A N T I T Y : 1 continuous strand
D I M E N S I O N S : approximately 33" / Beads are about size 11-0 to 8-0.

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P O L I C I E S : Due to my current work schedule, my normal timeframe for shipping is within **4 business days.** Please let me know if you need ASAP shipping. You can read my Shop Policies here: and if you have any special needs, please don't hestitate to contact me. P.S. I love custom orders. :-) ~Mary T.

Average review
Purchased two strands. Very dainty & very nice.
Jan 21, 2018 by Gayla Menefee
Love these beads. Worked great in my project-just want I needed.
Jan 20, 2018 by Sally Sapp
Perfect perfect perfect. Will DEFINITELY order again...SOON! Excellent quality and expedited service.
Dec 4, 2017 by ButterflyEar Qwannubian Trinya Murphy
I love these beads, because they're so happy.
Nov 12, 2017 by April Reed
Oct 19, 2017 by Anne D

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C U S T O M L I S T I N G S : I love working with you on custom orders. My stock is limited, but I welcome your inquiries and will do my best to accommodate you if I can!