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Freebie Friday, Nov. 2nd – Natural Beads

Filed under: Beading - Confessions of a Chantraphile,Contests — folkcat at 5:15 pm on Friday, November 2, 2007

It’s Freebie Friday time again! What have we got this week?

Buffalo Horn Heishe BeadsIn the category of “Things I Got At A Bargain, And Have Way More Than I Need Of” – this week’s prize is 8 strands of buffalo horn heishe beads. I purchased a large lot of these at a yard sale this past summer, for very, very little money. I’ve already given away or sold a large portion of them, and still have more than I’m likely to use in my lifetime.

So here they are, offered up for Freebie Friday – 8 strands, each one about 24 inches long. That’s sixteen feet of beads!

This week’s drawing is open to any and all entries, including international!

These are tiny beads that would look good as spacers between glass beads, or in a multi-strand necklace or bracelet with accent beads scattered. Of course, your own imagination is the only limit to how these could be used!

pb020793_edited.jpgTo give you an idea of the size we’re talking about, here’s a close-up with a penny for scale. Click through for a larger image so you can see it better.

I don’t have a picture, but I’ll also include a strand of Job’s Tears, a natural bead made from a seed pod. These pods grow on a grass-like plant, and actually have a naturally occurring hole in them, perfect for stringing. They would look wonderful strung with the buffalo heishe.

Would you like these beautiful, natural material beads for your very own? It’s this easy:

  • All readers are eligible for entry to this drawing, including international mailing addresses.
  • Enter by commenting to the contest post before Noon, Eastern Time, on Monday, November 5th. Only one entry per person for commenting.
  • Earn a second entry by posting about the contest on your own blog, and linking to this post. E-mail me at fiber AT folkcatart DOT com to tell me you’ve done so. Don’t forget to post soon enough that your own readers have a chance to join in the fun!
  • Have you won a prize at Crafting Jen before? No worries, you can enter again!
  • The winner will be chosen by a random drawing from all entries received before the deadline.
  • I’ll announce the winner on the blog on Monday, and will also e-mail them for their mailing address.

That’s all there is to it. So hurry, enter now, and then check back on Monday to see who won. In the meantime, good luck to you all, and have a great weekend!

17 Comments

Comment by Sarah

November 2, 2007 @ 5:40 pm

oohh pretty!

Comment by Riohnna

November 2, 2007 @ 6:20 pm

Oh, I love these so very much!!! Now, these, I would not share, I would use these for my own self! I totally love them!

Comment by Christina

November 2, 2007 @ 8:02 pm

Beautiful beads!

Comment by mimi

November 2, 2007 @ 8:35 pm

Those are wonderful, I love natural materials 🙂

Comment by Emily

November 2, 2007 @ 9:01 pm

What a neat treasure trove you must have! I wish I had stuff like that lying around in excess… 😉

Comment by Carol

November 2, 2007 @ 11:04 pm

Now these are nice! Count me in!

Comment by Sarah O G

November 3, 2007 @ 12:32 am

Ooo, Ooo, pick me, pick me *Jump* *Jump* 😀

Comment by umme Yusuf

November 3, 2007 @ 1:32 am

nice beads.Could be used in varius lovely ways.

Comment by Nadine

November 3, 2007 @ 10:42 am

i love the colors. so many possibilites with these beauties.

Comment by Jane

November 3, 2007 @ 11:38 am

Count me in too 🙂

Comment by Arondelle

November 3, 2007 @ 12:19 pm

I always need more beads. Heh.

Comment by Sara Fail

November 3, 2007 @ 1:54 pm

Such delightful beads! I love the color range in them too!

Comment by michelle

November 4, 2007 @ 12:26 pm

Those beads are pretty cool.

Comment by heather

November 4, 2007 @ 12:44 pm

Wow, it is nice to see heishe beads out of things i had not seen before.

Comment by Tamara Henry

November 4, 2007 @ 3:15 pm

These are absolutely lovely!

Comment by Jennifer

September 4, 2008 @ 5:29 pm

My great-grandfather used these all the time (he was Choctaw) for hatbands, shirts, etc… I have been looking for some for a long time!

Comment by Diana-NYC

January 23, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

Hi – would love to use these beads in my crochet projects!
Oh – and I’m an animal lover, too.

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