Thursday, May 14, 2009

Nuts for Natural Beads

Coconut bead mix from CorneliaCreations
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one bead/supply would you have to bring? For me, I'd just scout around the island for natural materials to create beads, much like the ones found here today. I'd go all Swiss Family Robinson making beads from coconuts.
Okay, back to civilization, along with your favorite nature inspired art beads you could mix these nuts with turquoise, brown lava beads, waxed linen and some rustic copper or steel findings. I've been using quite a few of these natural beads in my new summer/island inspired jewelry.
I so love the kukui! I have a stash of very dark ones that I have mixed with wood and my branch beads. They are also the perfect size and shape to match my owl beads. I have been having fun with these big ol' chunks that are surprising hollow and lightweight.

8 comments:

Fab Fibers said...

I'm nuts about naturals with in
everything but my hair color!
Really, I love all the woods and nuts.

rosebud101 said...

What beautiful natural beads!

Andrew Thornton said...

I love that plum color!

KusZ - Jewelry and more said...

Those kukui nuts are sooooo shiny, you don't expect that with natural stuff. Color is very rich...

Jean Hutter said...

I find lately I am drawn to natural materials too - maybe it is spring? I really love that coconut bead mix on the top

Dale said...

I love natural materials. I really love creating jewelry with meaning to me from found objects. I'm still working on how to drill holes in some objects (shells, sea glass). Anyone have any insights into this?

pearl jewelry said...

I love these beads. I am new to beading and still feeling my way around. I was thinking about using wood beads. Is this just considered completely passe'?

Marbella Designs said...

I too lately have been drawn to these natural beads. Working on designs to incorporate my fine silver beads. I'm so excited!