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Half-Drilled Bead - A bead with a drill hole that only goes halfway through. Half-drilled beads are attached to various settings using a glue or other adhesive.

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Hammering - Giving metal surface marks and textures by hammering.

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Hank - A grouping of multiple strands of beads tied together. Many forms of seed beads are sold this way, especially Czech seed beads. The number of beads per hank is dependent upon the number of strands per hank, length of strand and beads per strand.

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Headpin - A length of wire, usually straight, with one flattened or embellished end. The flattened end prevents beads from slipping off the end of the pin.

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Heishi - (pronounced Hee-Shee) is a term that was originally used by Pueblo Indians to describe shell disks of a consistent size that had been drilled and strung as a necklace, creating a rope-like tube that was as fluid as a serpent when it moved.

Today, this term is synonymous with thin, uniform disk-shaped shell, gemstone and metal beads that are center drilled and strung in a row.

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Heishi Bar - Narrow spacer bar used to hold heishi beads, bugle beads, liquid silver or seed beads parallel and prevent tangling.

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Hemalyke™ - A manmade material designed to resemble natural hematite, at significantly lower cost. Sometimes magnetized, or used as a base for a variety of finishes and coatings.

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Hematite - A gunmetal grey mineral form of iron oxide used in jewelry-making and décor objects. Sometimes magnetized. Believed to have metaphysical attributes.

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Hemp Cord - A cord made from the fibers of the industrial hemp plant and commonly used in jewelry. Hemp cord can be used in its natural coloration, or dyed with bright colors. It knots easily, making it ideal for knotting or macramé projects.

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Hex-Cut Bead - Seed bead with six sides, giving it a hexagonal shape. Available from many manufacturers, in a variety of colors, sizes and finishes.

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Hexagon Bead - Bead that is not a seed bead, with six sides. A hexagon bead is usually a flat bead, with a drill hole that runs from one of the six sides through the middle of the flat bead to the side directly opposite.

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Hook-and-Eye Clasp - Also called Hook-Style Clasp. A clasp with a hook on one side and an open loop on the other. The loop is usually circular or oval, but other open shapes can be used. Possibly the oldest style of clasp in the world. Can include Adjustable Clasp, Crimp Clasp, Magnetic Clasp and Multi-Strand Clasp styles.

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Horn - Bead and component material carved from the horns of animals such as cattle and goats. Horn is a permanent growth on the head of an animal. Antler is a material which is grown and shed yearly by wild animals such as deer, moose and elk.

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