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.

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8 Comment

  1. Fab Fibers
    May 14, 2009 at 5:41 pm

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

  2. rosebud101
    May 15, 2009 at 2:14 am

    What beautiful natural beads!

  3. Andrew Thornton
    May 15, 2009 at 3:56 am

    I love that plum color!

  4. KusZ - Jewelry and more
    May 15, 2009 at 8:26 am

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

  5. Jean Hutter
    May 15, 2009 at 12:11 pm

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

  6. Dale
    May 16, 2009 at 12:58 am

    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?

  7. pearl jewelry
    May 16, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    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’?

  8. Marbella Designs
    May 24, 2009 at 5:58 pm

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

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