Ivory Coast beads are made out of metals such as brass and may be strung bead to bead to produce beautiful jewelry pieces.
Ivory Coast beads are hand-made and crafted by African metal smiths who are skilled in forging and fabricating beads and casting metal using the lost wax technique. This lost wax technique mainly used whit brass to create the beads through sculpting or molding a shape in wax which would then be covered with successive layers of clay in order to make a mold into which the melted brass would be poured. The metal would melt the wax which would then pour out and the metal allowed to set.
Thereafter, the mold is broken, the bead removed, filed smooth, polished and cleaned to produce a beautiful Ivory Coast bead.