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Organic seeds in jewelry. The idea struck me as strange when I first heard about it, but then I remembered that I taught school classes how to string dried beans to make necklaces and bracelets. The beans were not organic seeds, and the string was just cotton yarn, so the results were coarse and unbearable. Yet, mothers carry them in love with their children, and the children had fun doing them.
Using organic seeds in jewelry is now an art, with a few craftsmen learning how to integrate organic seeds into jewelry with pearls and other materials.
Beans are great organic seeds for jewelry
Most of the organic seeds used in jewelry are beans. There are several reasons for this.
1. Of course, beans have beautiful patterns and colors.
2. Beans dry naturally and retain their shape when dried.
3. Beans will not shrink when used.
4. Prayer jewelry will last indefinitely, with proper care.
Black beans are fantastic organic seeds to use in jewelry. Although their name includes the word "black" as in Black Nightfall, black beans are not entirely jet black. These beans have shades of black, gray, brown and ivory. The color swirls seem to shimmer when the beans are separated by small glass beads or silver metal.
Red beans are another good organic seed choice for use in jewelry. Those with red and scarlet red in the name may be predominantly deep reddish brown, or they may be half-beige, half-deep red, such as the Red Calypso bean. Red Calypso makes exciting organic seed jewelery as its even color division becomes wavy lines in a necklace or bracelet.
Painting dry beans is a good choice or organic seeds for summer jewelry. The light brown and off-white color seems cool and would complement bright summer colors and fabrics.
Green flagolet beans are another good summer choice. The green in these organic seeds is pale and cool. When the organic seeds look with glass beads of deeper green, they almost look like ivory beans.
For organic seeds that look like polished stones in jewelry, the Tiger Eye bean is a good choice. It looks a lot like a tiger's coat.
Other organic seeds
Although beans are the most common of the organic seeds used in jewelry, some artisans also use dried corn. Red, gold, orange, green and gray shades appear in dried corn. Together with shiny metals and glass beads, these pieces often have a harvest glow.
Other organic seeds that can be used successfully include watermelon seeds, squash seeds, pumpkin seeds and other large vegetable seeds.
Use your own organic seeds in jewelry
If you decide to use organic seeds to make jewelry, you must prepare your seeds according to these steps.
1. Wash the seeds thoroughly and allow them to dry.
2. Buff each seed with a soft cloth.
3. Make holes in the seeds and make sure not to break them.
4. Apply a clear, protective coating inside and out to preserve seeds.
Once you have prepared your seeds, use them as you would any pearl to make jewelry. In fact, if you teach at school, why not make really wearable jewelry with your students by using prepared organic seeds?
Benefits of using organic seeds in jewelry
My research only reveals an advantage of using organic seeds to make jewelry, and that is the "green" factor. Organic seeds included in jewelry can be presented as an "environmentally friendly" gift.
While organic seeds are environmentally friendly, I couldn't find any organic seed jewelry that didn't also use glass and metal products that may or may not be as "green" as the beans.
If environmental protection is your main reason for chasing jewelry made with organic seeds, ask questions before ordering.