Our bone "Hair Pipe"
necklaces are made with real bone "hair pipe" that we stain with tea to give them a rich antique look. At both ends of each "hair pipe"
are deep red glass "white heart" beads with a brass metal bead between them.
All are strung on a strong 32" 2mm black leather cord which is tied at the ends with a overhand knot for easy sizing. When you add your choice of Scrimshaw
Pendants you will create a very impressive looking necklace. You will be surprised at the number of people that will ask you, "Where did you get that."
What is a "Hair Pipe"
"Hair Pipe" is a term referring to a long slim bead that were / are generally available in lengths
from 1-1/2 inches to 4 inches and were traded with Native Americans primarily from the Great Plaines. In 1878 a white trader provided the Ponca Indians with large quantities of corn cob pipes, when he inquired as to why they wanted so many pipes, an Indian by the name of White Eagle showed the trader a necklace that was made with just the pipe stems and asked if they could be ordered in bulk without the corn cob. The trader contacted his supplier about producing the tubular bone beads and within a year he had enough "Hair Pipe" of different lengths to sell to the Poncas as well as other Native American tribes.
What is a "white heart" bead?
The name "White Heart" bead can be confusing since the beads are neither white nor heart shaped. The name comes from the opaque white centers of these glass beads which adds a unique glow to the translucent glass surrounding
them. We use "red white hearts," however, they are also made in other colors but the red ones were and still are more prominent. The Mountain Men traded literally tons of this style bead to the Indians.
The photo of the Bone Necklace below
Wolf Clan pendant
NOTE: This choker and pendant in the photo above
are NOT SHOWN at their actual size.
Also, the color of the Bone Hair Pipe
will vary a little, so the one
you receive may be a little lighter or darker than the ones shown.
order your Bone Hair Pipe Necklace",
Go to the page that has the design you
want, then below the photos you will find a price list with the different
Mountings that are available, click on the PayPal button next to the "Bone Hair Pipe Necklace" then continue shopping or click on "View my Cart" and check out, it's as
simple as that and with PayPal it's SAFE.
Also, In the price list, a "Bone Hair Pipe Necklace"
is identified with a
"BN" after the order number.