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SALE: 10% off all Bone Beads and Embellishments until 12 November

Kenedy Owiti - our bone bead maker in Nairobi - has just had his house and workshop bulldozed by municipal authorities. By discounting his beads, we're hoping to generate plenty of online sales. This will help us order more beads from him ASAP and get the cash flowing to him and his team. Multi-buy Mix 'n' Match does not apply during sale. Thanks for buying.


Recycled bone beads and embellishments from Kenya

All across Africa, bone has been carved into beads for centuries. The tradition continues to this day. In Kenya, skilled craftsmen carve and shape recycled cow bone, then use a wax resist batik process to create wonderful African designs.

Our unique bone beads are made by a co-operative style group of craft producers in Nairobi. They call themselves 'The Victorious Youth Group' - a fitting name for such a friendly and enthusiastic bunch of entrepreneurs.

They buy sacks of scrubbed cow bone (and sometimes camel) from the local abattoires. Then, they cut and shape the beads into various designs using electric saws and grinding wheels. Some beads are etched by hand, but the majority go through a batik process.

The makers paint melted candle wax onto the surface of the bone bead to create a resist. Then, they dip the beads into a solution of potassium permanganate, which tints any unwaxed bone dark brown. After washing off the wax resist, they polish the batiked beads to a shiny finish.

Bead size and scale

As a visual clue to the size and scale of our beads, we use a Star beer cap in our bead images. Why Star? Because it's the major beer of Ghana where most of our beads are made. Also, on the buy pages, we indicate approximate bead dimensions in millimetres.

Shaping recycled bone beads Nairobi KenyaShaping recycled bone beads: Nairobi, Kenya
Multi-buy saving - Mix 'n' Match

Any 10 for the price of 9
Applies to all £2.35 packs of beads. Your discount will be applied automatically at the checkout.


Bone Animal Pack
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£13.50BBB901
Ostrich
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£1.35BBB501
Guinea Fowl
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£1.20BBB502
Elephant
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£1.35BBB503
Tortoise
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£1.35BBB504
Lizard
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£1.35BBB505
Large Giraffe
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£1.35BBB506
Small Giraffe
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£1.35BBB507
Long Snake
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£1.35BBB508
Small Snake
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£1.35BBB509
Zebra
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£1.35BBB510
Porcupine
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£1.35BBB511
Gecko
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£1.35BBB512
Bone Masks and Charms
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£11.70BBB902
Ashanti Doll
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£1.35BBB521
Hut
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£1.35BBB522
Maasai
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£2.25BBB524
Shield
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£1.35BBB525
Round Mask
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£1.35BBB532
Tube Mask
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£1.35BBB533
Pipe Mask
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£1.53BBB534
Classic Mask
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£1.35BBB536
Batik Pipe
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£1.53BBB101
Disk Star
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£0.72BBB105
Disk Spots
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£0.72BBB106
Leaf
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£0.72BBB125
Giraffe Leaf
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£0.72BBB126
Zebra Leaf
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£0.72BBB127
Batik Ball
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£1.53BBB128
X Brown
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£0.72BBB103
X White
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£0.72BBB104
Small Lozenge Brown
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£0.54BBB107
Small Lozenge White
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£0.54BBB108
Disk White
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£0.54BBB110
Etched Square Brown
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£0.54BBB111
Etched Square White
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£0.54BBB112
Large Rectangle
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£1.10BBB114
Half Moon
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£0.54BBB115
Two Circles
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£0.72BBB116
One Circle
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£1.10BBB117
Toggle
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£0.72BBB118
Square Hole Brown
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£0.72BBB119
Square Hole White
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£0.72BBB120
Star Lozenge
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£0.72BBB121
Spotted Lozenge
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£0.72BBB122
Zebra Lozenge
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£0.72BBB124
Medium Carved Bone
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£2.35BBB203
Small Carved Bone
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£2.35BBB201
 
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