Shell-bead Making: The manufacture of round shell beads starts with "blanks," pieces of shell that have been broken or slightly rounded, such as the objects on the top row. On the middle row are roughed-out shell beads with drilled holes for suspension onto a necklace strand. Once the drilled beads were ground flat, they were tightly strung and the edges were ground and smoothed, strand-by-strand, creating uniform beads.
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