Powder Horn with strap

Powder Horn with strap

Powder Horn with Strap

Our stock Powder Horn with strap comes ready to use!  Polished natural cow horn includes a groove to hold the strap. Living History Re-enactors wear Powder Horns as an accessory. Native American dancers can wear them as part of their Native American Regalia.

Our Powder Horn includes a wooden stopper and a wooden base and a woven strap.

Powder horns are containers that hold gunpowder. Historically, soldiers made Powder Horns from cows, oxen or buffalo horns. Natural horn has the advantage of being waterproof and already hollow inside. Stoppers of wood or bone or horn were placed at each end of the horn. A soldier filled the horn with gunpowder at the large end, and dispensed powder from the smaller end.
Soldiers sometimes decorated their Powder Horns with carvings or inlays. They usually carried them with a long strap over their shoulder.

The Wandering Bull offers Powder Horns as collectible items. Living History Re-enactors also use Powder Horns as part of their kit.  You can choose from our standard stock Powder Horn or one of the One of a Kind horns that we acquire from other collectors.

Colors and curvature of each Powder Horn will vary.  Our stock Powder Horns measure approx 12″ long.

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Steer Horn Unpolished

Our unpolished Steer Horns (Cow Horns) could  make great Powder Horns. You can also use them to make  Horn Rattles and more.

The colors range from off-white to black or brown. We sell our Steer Horns individually. If you order two, we will do our best to match them as a pair. Each horn is slightly different in shape, color and marbling. These are a natural product, so allow for variations.

These Steer horns unpolished  vary in length starting at about 14″ to 18″  the opening of the horns are about 2.5 to 3″.

Un-worked cattle horn have  a dull surface, however after sanding and polishing the horn takes on a smooth glossy appearance, it is only at this stage that it’s true coloration will appear.

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Polished Steer Horns

Polished Steer Horns

Polished Steer Horns

Our Polished Steer Horns (Cow Horns) will make great Powder Horns. You can also use them to make Split Horn Bonnets, Horn Rattles and more.

The colors range from off-white to black. We sell our Steer Horns individually. If you order two, we will do our best to match them as a pair.  These are a natural product, so allow for variations.

Small Steer Horns measure between 5″-8″ long.

Large Steer Horns measure between 8″-12″ long.

We also sell ready to use Powder Horns with a Leather Strap.

Bison Horn Spoon

Bison Horn Spoon

Bison Horn Spoon with Bird Head Handle

This Vintage Bison Horn Spoon features a bird head design at the end of the handle.  The crafter used horn from a bison to create it.  After softening it and carving the bird head shape, he skillfully bent the handle back on itself to create a hanging loop.

Making Horn Spoons

Several Native American tribes carve spoons from Bison, Sheep or Elk horn. They remove the outer part of the horn and carve it. Then they soften it in hot water to further modify the shape. Sometimes they decorate them with carvings.  Various cultures throughout history use carved horn spoons for a variety of purposes, such as eating, stirring, and serving food. The material is durable and can withstand the rigors of everyday use. The carving and shaping of the horn can result in intricate and artistic designs, making these spoons not only practical but also visually appealing.

The Bison Horn Spoon measures 10 inches long.  The bowl measures 4.5 inches x 3 inches.  The carved bird head measures 2.5 inches long.   This spoon came from a collection.  It is in very good condition with some slight cracking visible on the bottom of the bowl. We are selling it for decorative purposes only. You will find it in very good condition.  One of a Kind!

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Bison Horns

Bison Horns

Natural Bison Horns

These natural Bison Horns will make very large Powder Horns. Cut the horn and use it to make a Horn Roach Spreader. You can also use them to make Split Horn Bonnets, Horn Rattles and more.

These horns are natural black. They come minimally cleaned. Choose:

  • Cleaned and Scraped Approx 8″ – 10″ long with a 4″ diameter opening
  • Cleaned and left rough  Approx 11″ long with a 4″ diameter opening

We sell these Horns individually. These are a natural product, so allow for variations.

We also sell Bison Toes!

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Buffalo Horn Hairpipe

Buffalo Horn Hairpipe

Buffalo Horn Hairpipe

We import our Buffalo Horn Hairpipe from India. The polished natural black horn looks great in chokers, breastplates, necklaces and other items.  Because these are a natural product, the width may vary.

Native Americans first used “Hairpipes” made from shells or bird bones as simple ear ornaments or hair ornaments.  Later, they made hairpipes into necklaces, chokers and most strikingly, into Breastplates.  In the later 19th century, Bone Hairpipe became the material of choice.

Today, we offer Hairpipe in several materials besides Bone. Amber Hairpipe and Red Amber Hairpipe remain popular. Additionally we sell Ultra Thin Hairpipe, Burnished Hairpipe and Antiqued Hairpipe.  You can create chokers, bracelets, necklaces and breastplates in a variety of colors and looks.

Horn Hairpipe is available in 6 sizes:

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″
  • 2″
  • 3″
  • 4″

You can purchase Buffalo Horn Hairpipe in packages of 25 pieces, 100 pieces or 1000 pieces.

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Buffalo Horn Tubes

Buffalo Horn Tubes

Buffalo Horn Tubes

We import our Buffalo Horn Tubes from India.  The Natural Black Horn offer a subtle look to your chokers, jewelry and other Regalia accessories.  Try our Horn Tubes to achieve an older style look to your accessories.

You may also want to try our Bone Tubes.  They come in the same sizes as the Horn Tubes.

We offer Horn Tubes in three popular sizes:

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″

You can purchase Horn Tubes in packages of 25 pieces, 100 pieces or 1000 pieces.

Horn Rattle

Horn Rattle

Cow Horn Rattle

Traditionally, Native Americans use Horn Rattles to produce the rhythm for song and dance. These Rattles can also sometimes accompany the Water Drum.   Strike this Rattle against the palm of the hand, or shake it.

Native Americans did not use cow horn to make Rattles until after European contact. Prior to the introduction of cows, Natives of the Northeast had to use Bark, Gourd and Turtle Shell to make Rattles.

Ours are made with natural cow horn and a wood handle.

They measure approx. 11″ long.

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Rattle Horn Handmade

Rattle Horn Handmade

Rattle Horn Handmade

These Handmade Horn Rattles come from an Iroquois artisan.   They feature real Horn tops and handmade wood handles.  The artisan stains the handles but leaves the wood ends of the Rattle natural.  Each has a Deerskin Leather Lacing loop at the end.

Traditionally, Native Americans use Horn Rattles to produce the rhythm for song and dance. The Horn Rattle can also sometimes accompany the Water Drum.   You can strike a Horn Rattle against the palm of the hand, or shake it.  Native Americans did not use cow horn to make Rattles until after European contact. Prior to the introduction of cows, Natives of the Northeast had to use Bark, Gourd and Turtle Shell to make Rattles.

We offer three sizes:

  • Small Approx 6″ long
  • Medium Approx 9″ long
  • Large Approx 11″ long

These Rattles are individually made, so the stain colors and Deerskin Lacing colors will vary.  Please let us choose.  The Rattle size varies according to the length of the handle.

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Choker Horn Greasy Yellow

Choker Horn Greasy Yellow

Four Row Horn Choker with Greasy Yellow Crow Beads

This striking handmade 4 Row Choker Horn Greasy Yellow stands out with black Horn Hairpipe, Brass Beads, and Greasy Yellow and Transparent Green Crow Beads.  Master Craftsman Andy Bullock created this choker with 1 inch Horn Hairpipe.  He interspersed the hairpipe with  Greasy Yellow and Transparent Green Crow Beads and old style Brass Beads.  He used Gold Deerskin Leather for the ends and Saddle Strap Leather for the spacers. He added Gold  Deerskin Leather Lacing for ties. The front features a 7.5 inch  drop of  1 inch long Horn Hairpipe, old style Brass Beads, and Greasy Yellow and Transparent Green Crow Beads and Gold Deerskin Leather lacing.

This Choker Horn Greasy Yellow measures approximately 14 inches long. The drop hangs  7.5 inches below the Choker. You can adjust the fit with the Deerskin Leather Lacing ties. One of a Kind!

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Horn Spoon Beaded Handle with Drops

Horn Spoon Beaded Handle with Drops

Horn Spoon Beaded Handle with Drops

This large Horn Spoon comes with a beaded handle and two beaded drops.  The crafter used White, Blue, White Center Red, Arapaho Green and Mustard colored Seed Beads to wrap the handle.  He covered two pieces of Deerskin Leather with more Seed Beads and attached antiqued Tin Cones and Red Wool to the ends for drops.

Several Native American tribes created horn spoons from Sheep or Elk horn. They removed the outer part of the horn and carved it. Then they softened it in hot water to further modify the shape. Sometimes they decorated them with carvings.

This spoon is for decorative purposes. It remains in very good condition, missing only a couple of Beads.

It measures about 12″ long. The bowl measures approximately 5.5″ long x 2.5″ wide. The beadwork on the handle measures just about 2.5″ long and the drops are 7″ long.  One of a Kind!

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Choker Kit – Horn Hairpipe

horn choker

Native American Style Horn Hairpipe Choker Kit

Our Choker Kits come in five styles. Each includes everything you need to make your own Hairpipe Choker.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Brass Beads are appropriate for ‘old style’ Regalia.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Glass Crow Beads can be worn with both Traditional Regalia and Contemporary Regalia.

The Buffalo Horn Choker Kit includes 1.5″ Buffalo Horn Hairpipe, Nickel-Plated Beads, our Leather Choker Spacers, Deerskin Leather Lacing, Imitation Sinew, 2 Metal Feathers, 1 Abalone Concho, and Illustrated Instructions.

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Buffalo Horn Beads

Buffalo Horn Beads

Buffalo Horn Beads

Buffalo Horn Beads offer a natural black bead option to your crafting projects.

Use Buffalo Horn Beads for necklaces, chokers, breastplates and more.

Buffalo Horn Beads come in 3 sizes:

  • 6 mm
  • 8 mm
  • 10 mm

They have 2 mm holes.  We sell these Beads in packages of 100 beads.

You may also like our natural Bone Beads!

Horn Bear Claw with Knuckle

Horn Bear Claw with Knuckle

Horn Bear Claw with Knuckle

Among our Imitation Bear Claw options, we now offer one made of natural black Horn. This Bear Claw comes with a ‘knuckle’ end. You will appreciate that it comes with a drill hole so it is ready to attach to your project.  These Horn Bear Claws will look great on a Bear Claw Necklace or as a decorative accessory on a Bag or Dance Stick.

Each Bear Claw measures approximately 3″ long.

We sell these individually. Buy 10 or more for $5.00 each!

We also offer Imitation Bear Claws in economical plastic.

QTY PRICING $5.00

Three Row Bracelet – Bone or Buffalo Horn

Three Row Bracelet

Three Row Bracelet – Bone or Buffalo Horn

We make our Three Row Hairpipe Bracelets here at the shop. We make each Three Row Bracelet with soft Deerskin Leather Lacing, 1/2″ Bone Hairpipe or Horn Hairpipe, Nickel Beads and glass Tile Beads.

Our Three Row Bracelets measure approx. 7″ long. You can adjust the fit with the Crow Bead closure.

Choose Horn (Black) or Bone (White). Choose Blue or Red Tile Beads.

You may also like our complementary Three Row Hairpipe Chokers!

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Three Row Choker – Bone or Buffalo Horn

Three Row Choker - Bone or Buffalo Horn

Three Row Choker – Bone or Buffalo Horn

We make our Three Row Chokers here at the shop.  We use soft Deerskin Leather Lacing, 1″ Bone Hairpipe or Buffalo Horn Hairpipe, Nickel Beads and glass Tile Beads.

Each Three Row Choker measures approximately 13″ long. You can adjust the fit with the Deerskin Leather Lacing ties.

Choose from four color combinations:

  • White Bone Hairpipe with Red Tile Beads
  • White Bone Hairpipe with Blue Tile Beads
  • Black Horn Hairpipe with Red Tile Beads
  • Black Horn Hairpipe with Blue Tile Beads

We will add a complementary second Tile Bead color.

Custom made items require time to make! Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.

You may also like our Three Row Hairpipe Bracelets!

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Horn Club Two Head

Horn Club Two Head

Horn Club Two Head

This antique Two Head Horn Club features steer horns on both sides. This piece was made circa 1900 and would have been used as a ceremonial Warrior Dance Club.

The 24 inch handle is made of wood covered in dried rawhide and has a piece of buffalo tail tied with leather lace hanging from the end. The rawhide extends around the two headed club and is secured with a pin. The rawhide is sinew sewn. It will make a nice addition to your collection!

It measures approx. 28″ long  and 6″ wide at the widest end. One of a Kind!

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Buffalo Horn Choker Instructions

Horn Choker

Buffalo Horn Choker Instructions

Hairpipe chokers served many different purposes throughout history – They adorned and protected warriors’ necks before battle, and also served to represent social standing. Hairpipe Chokers made with Brass Beads are appropriate for ‘old style’ Regalia.  You can wear Hairpipe Chokers made with Glass Crow Beads with both Traditional Regalia and Contemporary Regalia.

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Red Amber Hairpipe

Red Amber Hairpipe

Red Horn Hairpipe

Make a striking choker or bracelet with these Red Amber Hairpipe! Natural Horn Red Amber colored Hairpipe looks slightly translucent. Because it is a natural product, shading varies. Make sure that you order enough to complete your project.  We can not guarantee that the shades will match with the next lot!

Native Americans first used “Hairpipes” made from shells or bird bones as simple ear ornaments or hair ornaments.  Later, they made hairpipes into necklaces, chokers and most strikingly, into Breastplates.  In the later 19th century, Bone Hairpipe became the material of choice.

Today, we offer Hairpipe in several materials besides Bone. Buffalo Horn Hairpipe and Amber Hairpipe remain popular. Additionally we sell Ultra Thin Hairpipe, Burnished Hairpipe and Antiqued Hairpipe.  You can create chokers, bracelets, necklaces and breastplates in a variety of colors and looks.

We carry Red colored Amber Hairpipe in three sizes:

  • .5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″

You can purchase these Hairpipe in packages of 25 pieces, 100 pieces or 1000 pieces.

 

Amber Hairpipe

Amber Hairpipe

Yellow Horn Hairpipe

When you are looking for a new take on an old favorite, try Amber Hairpipe!  Natural Horn Amber colored Hairpipe looks slightly translucent. Because it is a natural product, shading varies. Make sure that you order enough to complete your project.  We can not guarantee that the shades will match with the next lot!

Native Americans first used “Hairpipes” made from shells or bird bones as simple ear ornaments or hair ornaments.  Later, they made hairpipes into necklaces, chokers and most strikingly, into Breastplates.  In the later 19th century, Bone Hairpipe became the material of choice.

Today, we offer Hairpipe in several materials besides Bone. Buffalo Horn Hairpipe and Red Amber Hairpipe remain popular. Additionally we sell Ultra Thin Hairpipe, Burnished Hairpipe and Antiqued Hairpipe.  You can create chokers, bracelets, necklaces and breastplates in a variety of colors and looks.

Amber Hairpipe comes in three sizes:

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″ sizes.

You can purchase them in packages of 25 pieces, estimated 100  pieces or estimated 1000 pieces.

 

Plastic Hairpipe

Plastic Hairpipe

Plastic Hairpipe

You will find Plastic Hairpipe an economical alternative to Bone or other types of Hairpipe.  The 4″ size makes a good alternative for large breastplates because it makes them much lighter.

Plastic Hairpipe is wider and lighter than Bone or Buffalo hairpipe.  That makes it popular for children’s crafts and regalia.

We offer Plastic Hairpipe in 6 sizes:

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″
  • 2″
  • 3″
  • 4″

We sell this Hairpipe in packages of 100 pieces.  Quantity discounts when you buy 10 or more packages.

You may also like Bone Hairpipe or Buffalo Horn Hairpipe!

Choker Spacers Square

Choker Spacers Square

Squared Bone Four Hole Choker Spacers

Try these Choker Spacers Square on your next choker! These Natural Bone Choker Spacers come in an off-white color.  Each has four small holes and measures about 1 1/8 inches  (31 millimeters) long and 5 millimeters wide.

Bone Choker Spacers are made from real bone, so sizes and shapes will vary slightly.  We are selling these in bags of approximately 90 spacers.

Limited Quantities!

You may also like our Strap Leather Choker Spacers

We also offer black Horn Choker Spacers and flat Bone Choker Spacers

Choker Kit – Bone Hairpipe

Choker Kit - Bone Hairpipe

Native American Style Bone Hairpipe Choker Kit

Our Choker Kits come in five styles. Each kit includes everything you need to make your own Hairpipe Choker.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Brass Beads are appropriate for ‘old style’ Regalia.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Glass Crow Beads can be worn with both Traditional Regalia and Contemporary Regalia.

Each Kit comes with 1.5″ Bone Hairpipe, Imitation Sinew, Choker Spacers, a Needle, Deerskin Leather Lacing, an Abalone Concho and Beads.

Choose from:

  • Bone Hairpipe with Brass Beads
  • Bone Hairpipe with Glass Bead

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Choker Kit – Plastic Hairpipe

Choker Kit - Bone Hairpipe

Native American Style Plastic Hairpipe Choker Kit

Our Choker Kits come in five styles. Each includes everything you need to make your own Hairpipe Choker.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Brass Beads are appropriate for ‘old style’ Regalia.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Glass Crow Beads can be worn with both Traditional Regalia and Contemporary Regalia.

Choose from:

  • Plastic Hairpipe with Brass Beads
  • Plastic Hairpipe with Glass Beads

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Wood Spoon Antique

Wood Spoon Antique

Antique Hand Carved Wooden Spoon

You will find this hand carved Wood Spoon Antique an ideal addition to your collection.  The crafter carved it from a single piece of wood.   He or she created a large flat bowl for it.  The handle gradually narrows.  At the end, the crafter carved the handle into a curve.  You can use this curve to hang the spoon for display.

Many cultures create carved wooden spoons, including Native American tribes. Skilled artisans usually make wooden spoons.  The type of wood they use will vary depending on local availability and traditions.  They are often not only functional but also serve as works of art. The design, style, and intricacy of the carvings can vary significantly depending on the tribe and the individual artisan’s traditions and preferences.  Native Americans also made spoons from horn and bone.

This Wood Spoon Antique has a nice patina and wood grain.  You will see cracks and chips in the bowl due to its age and use by previous owners.  The bowl measures about 4 inches across.  The handle portion is about 6 inches long.  The spoon measures about 10 inches long overall.  We recommend using this spoon for display only.  One of a Kind!

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Drum & Rattle Making

Drum & Rattle Making

Drum & Rattle Making

By Tom Porter for Native North American Travelling College. 10 pgs. Softcover.

Drum & Rattle Making provides instructions for making a traditional Water Drum. It includes tips for preventing cracking and splitting.  It also offers instructions for making a Horn Rattle.  The instructions are written in a conversational style. You will find a list of Social Songs at the end with notes on which instruments accompany them.

Black & White illustrations.

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Ultra Thin Bone Hairpipe

Ultra Thin Bone Hairpipe

Ultra Thin Bone Hairpipe

This elegant Ultra Thin Bone Hairpipe gives a very different look to chokers and jewelry. You will find it delicate enough for you to make earrings with it!

Native Americans first used “Hairpipes” made from shells or bird bones as simple ear ornaments or hair ornaments.  Later, they made hairpipes into necklaces, chokers and most strikingly, into Breastplates.  In the later 19th century, Bone Hairpipe became the material of choice.

Today, we offer Hairpipe in several materials besides Bone. Buffalo Horn Hairpipe and Amber Hairpipe remain popular. Additionally we sell Burnished Hairpipe and Antiqued Hairpipe.  You can create chokers, bracelets, necklaces and breastplates in a variety of colors and looks.

We carry Ultra Thin Hairpipe in three sizes:

  • .5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″

You can purchase these Hairpipe in packages of 25 pieces, 100 pieces or 1000 pieces.

Wampum Hairpipe

Wampum Hairpipe

Wampum Hairpipe

We proudly offer real Quahog Wampum Shell findings for your most traditional jewelry and regalia. Natural Quahog shell beads and pendants will vary in color striations. Each bead is a miniature work of art! These exceptional pieces will please the most particular craftspeople. We sell these individually.

You commonly see Bone and Horn Hairpipe. You can create a very special choker using this Wampum Hairpipe! We sell these by the piece.

Choose from two sizes:

  • 16mm (just over 1/2″) x 4mm
  • 20mm (just over 3/4″) x 5mm

Buy 10 or more for quantity discounts!

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Bone Tubes

Bone Tubes

Bone Tubes

Our Bone Tubes have straight edges are made with good quality real bone. Their Ivory color makes them perfect to make chokers, bracelets, and other jewelry. Try these natural colored Tubes to achieve an older style look to your accessories.

You may also want to try our Buffalo Horn Tubes.  They come in the same sizes as the Bone Tubes.

We offer these Tubes in three popular sizes:

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″

You can purchase Bone Tubes in packages of 25 pieces, 100 pieces or 1000 pieces.

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Bone Hairpipe

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Real Bone Hairpipe for Crafting

The Wandering Bull offers top quality real Bone Hairpipe with uniform widths, holes and smoothness! They come with 2 mm holes. Therefore, you will find them ready to use for chokers, breastplates, necklaces and more!

Native Americans first used “Hairpipes” made from shells or bird bones as simple ear ornaments or hair ornaments.  Later, they made hairpipes into necklaces, chokers and most strikingly, into Breastplates.  In the later 19th century, Bone Hairpipe became the material of choice. Breastplates became symbols of status and Necklaces and Bandoleers gained in popularity during the Reservation period.

Today, we offer Hairpipe in several materials besides Bone. Buffalo Horn Hairpipe and Amber Hairpipe remain popular. Additionally we sell Ultra Thin Hairpipe, Burnished Hairpipe and Antiqued Hairpipe.  You can create chokers, bracelets, necklaces and breastplates in a variety of colors and looks.

Choose from 7 sizes

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″
  • 2″
  • 2.5″
  • 3″
  • 4″

Purchase your hairpipe in 25 count, 100 count or 1000 count packages. Quantity discounts apply to packages of 10 or more of the 100 count packages.

Choker Spacers – Black

Choker Spacers - Black

Choker Spacers – Black

Bone Choker Spacers offer a nice finishing touch, to your chokers. Bone Choker Spacers are made from real bone, so sizes and shapes will vary slightly.

These Black Bone Choker Spacers get their color from black dye.  The 5 hole spacers measure approximately 1.75″ long.

You can choose from three sizes:

  • 3 holes
  • 4 holes
  • 5 holes

We sell them in packages of 25 Spacers or 100 Spacers.

You may also like our White Bone Choker Spacers.