Sunday, April 26, 2009

Use Seeds Instead of Beads for Jewelry From Planet Green.com

Use Seeds Instead of Beads for Unique Jewelry

Trade traditional beads for natural charms on your next jewelry project.

Blythe Copeland

By Blythe Copeland
Great Neck, NY, USA | Thu Apr 23 12:00:00 EDT 2009


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Aside from those candy necklaces that were all the rage at elementary school birthday parties—and of course ring pops, which are a hit at any age—not many pieces of jewelry are made to be edible. And, okay—these necklaces may not be as delicious as their candy counterparts, but using real seeds instead of beads will leave you with necklaces, bracelets, and earrings that are undeniably one-of-a-kind.

DIY Network’s Michele Beschen makes the look work by combining Indian corn kernels and beads with traditional jewelry clasps, wire, and, in some cases, medallions or gems. Learn from her experience: larger seeds are easier to maneuver and manipulate; stock up on Indian corn when you can; and drill in the center of the seed to prevent breaking. Find the rest of her tips and instructions at DIY Network.