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How do you make a potato necklace?
By Nicky from Jackson, MO
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I have made many of these, they can be painted with acrylic craft paint and sealed with Mod Podge. The potatoes take about a week to dry. Have fun!
Peel a potato, cut it into cubes, poke a toothpick through the cubes and let dry for about a week. Paint them and then seal with an acrylic spray.
then string them.
I dry mine in the oven at 250 for about 12 hours strung them on cording using a needle for the hole when very dry paint them with craft paint
How long will this type of jewelry last, will our pets enjoy eating or pic away at them?
Well, I can't give you an extra length of time as to how long it will last, but it will last a good while, I'd say a couple of years at least. I don't really imagine your pets will try to eat it, it becomes as hard as a rock and sometimes blackens and I don't think it smells much like potato anymore, either.
I have a necklace and earring set made with "turquoise" stones from potato, that I purchased in 2002 or 2003. They still look great, and I wear the earrings at least once every two weeks, they are my favorite length and style. Because the paint job was done nicely, they even are worn with my real turquoise sometimes. The paint seals the potato, so they've lasted. I love it!
My dogs have eaten an earring and part of a necklace...while it never hurt them, they denied any knowledge, and encouraged me to be more careful about leaving things about!!
My necklace was at least 10 years old before one of my dogs found it on the floor, and promptly ate several pieces. No sign of ill health for her, but I was mightily disappointed!
My wife has been making these for about six years and still has the first one she made. Once painted they should last indefinitely.
Can someone please tell me how to make them? I need a hobby.
Here is the answer to your question :
How do I make potato jewelry?
Peel the potatoes and cut them in the (relative) shapes you want, typically squares or rectangles. (They dry how ever "they" want, it is not completely controllable). Put toothpicks, wire or something inside them to keep a hole in them. Let them dry about a week.
You can speed up the process a bit by microwaving them a couple of minutes (don't microwave wired ones, of course). Then paint (or not, they tend to become very black), varnish in some manner, string. Mine developed some mold, so I am thinking next time of dipping them in apple cider vinegar (which kills germs and mold) first. Other posts I have read on the subject haven't mentioned mold, maybe it wasn't an issue for them.
How long do you let your potato beads dry before painting them?
By Naydine L
It takes about a week for the beads to dry. You can do it longer if you wish. You will know anyway, they will be hard as a rock and mostly black.
I would like to know how to make jewelry out of potatoes?
By Richelle from Worcester, NY
I have made potato necklaces. I am not so sure but what I didn't post it here but maybe not.
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I am making a potato necklace. I was wondering, when I dry them out what do I seal the potato with to keep it from rotting? Thanks.
By Mary from OK
I have made these several times. Once the potatoes have completely dried paint them with acrylic paints and seal with Mod Podge. They will last for years. Once they have dried for a week or more they should never rot, but you must keep them away from water. (03/31/2010)
Every day, turn them to keep them from sticking to the toothpick. If you happen to forget, you can wet them and get them off that way and then let re-dry. Then when they are dry, take them off the toothpick and thread them on elastic thread. I just made a knot on mine, I did not even use a clasp, although you could. Since the string is elastic, it will go over your head. You may also paint them and add other beads. Fun thing to do.
By Elaine from Belle Plaine, IA
You can paint those beads once they are dry. They are hard as bricks. (11/30/2007)
I have seen entire necklaces made this way. The potato chunks were painted blue and looked exactly like turquoise stones. I would never have known the difference if the person wearing it hadn't told me it was made from potatoes. (11/30/2007)
I make all kinds of jewelry from potato beads. When interspersed with other beads, they form lovely items. I sell mine in an art gallery. I just filled a commission for 3 necklaces, 2 bracelets, and 2 brooches for Xmas gifts. Use acrylic paints, prisma glitter, sparkle glaze, etc. Experiment, it is habit forming.
You can use a dehydrator to dry your potato beads overnight. (12/25/2008)
By Anna N.
I have also dried baby carrots and painted them. You can string them with a potato bead, spacer, carrot, spacer and so on. I made mine about 15 years ago and they are still good. (01/12/2009)
By Shonda S.
To the question about potatoes getting rotten and smelling bad, that's why you dry them. I put mine on a skewer and let them dry, they are hard as "turquoise", maybe I'm the one who told the other post that I was wearing potatoes, not expensive turquoise. I made mine 10 years ago, it's still perfect. Also, you can spray them with lacquer for even more years of wear. (01/28/2009)
How do I make potato jewelry?
Has anyone ever made beads out of cut potatoes?