They’re pOInTEd, ShARp, & PrEtTY to boot!
This installment of our natural jewelry focuses on the beads you can create. There’s the ‘ole tube style bead, or you can have some fun playing off the pencil look with your beads.
For colorful versions, paint a slender stick, then sharpen using a pencil sharpener. (I prefer the old school crank sharpeners because they have the adjustable holes to accommodate a variety of branch diameters). Once sharpened, use your anvil pruners to cut down. Continue sharpening and cutting until you’ve used up your entire painted branch. Can also embrace the natural look and simply wax the branch before sharpening and cutting down.
Use a 1/16″ drill bit to drill through the center of the blunt end, and then add to some beading wire for a necklace combined with some complimentary beads or use your other findings to create other pieces like earrings, bracelets or pendants.
You’ll be lookin’ ‘sharp’, to say the least!
Cheers to branch beads!