Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Indian corn jewelry

I remember doing this every year when I was little.
We gathered the indian corn and then we would make jewelry.
I can still remember how sore my fingers would get shucking the corn and then stinging it for bracelets and necklaces.
Well, this year, my finger didn't get sore at all.
I had so many little helpers, the corn was shucked in no time at all.
The colors are just gorgeous this year. (I think they are probably just as beautiful every year, but every year I am in awe of the beauty of this colorful corn.)

This years corn was VERY dry, so we used a hammer and large needle to hammer holes through the kernels. This was very helpful in speeding up the stringing process.
Basically, we made beads out of the corn kernels
Mark and Amy hammering away. Gracie, string her bracelet.
I bought stretchy beading thread. Perfect for this project. Having the holes already made sped this up so much, I was very pleased.

My beautiful crafter, and beautiful model.


Jennifer James said...

Love this! We are going to copy this idea for sure!!!

Phyllis said...

They are so beautiful. When we tried this, the corn kept shattering when we tried to put a hole in them. I am not sure what we were doing wrong.

Rhonda said...

Those are so beautiful. What a great idea!

Diane said...

Very neat! I have never seen this before.

ana @ i made it so said...

i have never seen this done before. thank you for sharing! (i followed you here from ntffc)


Janey said...

This is so beautiful! I'd love to try this sometime. What a fun fall activity.

Donna said...

Beautiful. I haven't done these in years. You can soak the corn kernals overnight in water (after removal from the cob). That makes the stringing a little easier - then just let your creations dry out again.

Amy LV said...

Thank you! I have always wanted to learn how to do this...ever since I purchased an Indian corn necklace. Now we will make our own! I linked to you today at my blog along with my poem about pressing leaves and fall crafts. Thank you again!