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10mm Copper Stippled Flat Oval Beads [20] (see Defects)

10mm Copper Stippled Flat Oval Beads [20] (see Defects)
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Price Per Lot: $3.60
Lots Available: 22
Style No. (bin): M036 (dqa~)

Style no.: M036
Beads per lot: 20
Cost per bead: 16 cents
Bead material: Solid copper (according to the supplier).
Country of origin: India
Size/shape: 10mm (long) x 8mm (wide) x 3.5mm (thick) flat ovals with with raised spots on the sides and rings around the holes.
Colors/description: Copper-colored.
Hole size: 1mm (estimated).
Defects: The picture revealed that some beads don't have an even pattern of spots on the sides, or that some of the spots have run together.  Also, on some beads the small rings around the holes seem to be off center or crooked.  However, these defects are hard to see with the naked eye.  The beads have a very rustic appearance anyway, so I have not reduced the price.  If you receive beads that do not have open holes (so that a string can't be passed through), you should contact me for a pro-rated refund.
How photographed: At the window in natural daylight.
Comments: When I first bought these beads, I assumed they were solid copper.  I said to myself, "Bali silver beads are solid, and copper is much less expensive than silver, so these must be solid".  Since then, I discovered that my main supplier (supplier E) was selling metal beads that were all made of a plated base metal.  I also found out that TierraCast, a high-end American manufacturer of metal findings, uses base metal in all their products.  That made me realize that I ws probably wrong, and that these beads were probably plated -- so I posted them saying that they were plated.  However, I have since heard from the supplier, and they say that the beads are solid copper.  Fabulous!
Date first posted: August 10, 2012
Supplier: M
Caleb's notes:  
10mm Copper Stippled Flat Oval Beads [20] (see Defects)
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Tags: M036,