Designed by Candie Cooper African trade beads really originated in Venice and were used to trade for things such as ivory and palm oil. These beads still exist in Ghana and are prized as a big part of African jewelry.
Age Range: 7 to 12
Grade Range: 1 to 6
Skill Level: Easy
Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days
Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Time Needed for Project:
1 hour plus drying time
Stretch Cord necklaces or bracelets - Silkies™
Unfinished wood beads
Copper or brass washers
Paint brushes or skewers
Elmer’s® Gel Glue
Elmer’s® Painters® Opaque Paint Markers
Ball peen hammer and anvil
1. Secure beads on a paint brush handle or skewer. Decorate the wood beads with the markers. Let dry. To give the beads a shiny finish add a coat of gel glue over the decorated beads.
2. Add texture to the brass washers by placing them on the anvil and hitting them with the round end of the hammer.
3. String the beads in desired order onto the rubber cord.
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