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Initial post: May 17, 2010 9:14:07 PM PDT
King'sCrown says:
I make natural gourd beaded hand drums called sekere. Because these are high impact instruments, I need plastic pony beads that will stand up to all the drumming. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. I can't afford to buy and test beads from EVERY site. Does anybody have experience with 9mm plastic pony beads that are high quality? Thanks,

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2010 9:40:23 AM PDT
Ophelia says:
I have some friends that purchase their supplies for Native American pow wow costumes & drums from Noc Bay and Crazy Crow I don't personally use any pony beads, but I can tell you that their beaded costumes and drums get a lot of heavy use! I would recommend contacting either company's customer service department and asking for their best pick for you.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2010 11:18:46 AM PDT
King'sCrown says:
Thanks for the link. I've never seen that site before. I'm going to give it the test.

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2010 9:59:25 PM PDT
Jenny says:
Visit - their non metallic pony beads are made in the USA which are much better quality than the ones made in China. Bead Bee also offers free shipping when you order from your website, hopefully this will make you testing process more cost effective.

Posted on May 27, 2010 6:27:06 AM PDT
Marilee says:
I suggest using glass pony beads. Jo Ann fabrics carries a limited supply. Glass is weather proof, not as prone to breaking as plastic, won't melt or loose shape. Yes, they cost a bit more, but will last as long as the item. They'll really hold up. If someone goes to the trouble of hand making things, I think they should use the best materials available and affordable, as handwork deserves nothing less.

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2010 7:39:11 AM PDT
King'sCrown says:
Thank you. I had heard that American made were best, but didn't know where to find them. I'll give them a try. Another reply put me onto Noc Bay. That company says their beads are unbreakable. I've got my hammer waiting. Thanks again.

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2010 7:44:21 AM PDT
King'sCrown says:
I do indeed use glass. I would prefer to use them always, but because I'm making instruments, they need to produce a variety of sound qualities. Therefore, I need to use various materials. Thanks for taking the time to help.
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Initial post:  May 17, 2010
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