How to Make Earrings From Vegetable Ivory Nuts

Susan Goode
by Susan Goode
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I am keen to support environment with making from non edible eco friendly palm nuts and the se Ecuador Palm produce a very hard vegetable ivory nut that when cut dyed and sliced makes amazing tactile jewellery.

I sourced some of these and begin working out how to transform them into jewellery!

Tagua nut beads

I love the smooth textures and bright variety of colours available. What is easy about making these is the holes are pre drilled to make it simple to thread ear hooks and jump rings into.such a cost effective way to create your own unique jewellery whilst helping the environment!

Tagua beads

I use round nosed pliers to easily thread silver jump rings into the beads and deciding which colours and nuts to create a pair is the main joyful challenge.

Round nosed pliers

The round nosed pliers make it easy to grip the silver jump rings and you can use any fixings you prefer depending on budget or preference. I like startling silver fixings that don’t irritate my ears.

Tagua nut beads

I decide some dark blue moons and attach the sterling silver earring hooks onto jump rings and feed through the drilled hole in the moon bead.

Blue moon earrings

So happy with the resulting make. Blue moon Tagua nut dangles!

Suggested materials:
  • Sterling silver ear hooks   (Amazon)
  • Round nosed pliers   (Amazon)

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  • Alma Alma on May 29, 2023

    I did order a few of those earrings from Etsy....(different shapes/colors) but didn't see any of the dark blue moon color... I love that dark blue color. I'm sure it would be less expensive to make your own... I love them!

    • Susan Goode Susan Goode on May 30, 2023

      Thanks Alma.. yes they sold fast however i will look through my stock and see if I can make more moon earrings in blue to list on Etsy.

  • Alma Alma on May 30, 2023

    Oh Wonderful Susan!! Thanks! Didn't think that color was so popular! I have a lot of blues & Navy in my wardrobe & that color I would purchase in a heartbeat!! Even if it was a different shape. I'll have to keep checking... thx again!