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How to Make Potato Jewelry

Updated on April 22, 2015
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Glimmer has been writing about crafts online for almost 4 years. She is an avid crafter who has been creating for most of her life.

How to Make Potato Jewelry.  No it's not turquoise, it's potatoes!
How to Make Potato Jewelry. No it's not turquoise, it's potatoes! | Source

Go into any department store today and you'll find big chunky beaded jewelry at high prices. You can make your own department store fashion statement at a fraction of the price using, of all things, potatoes. Making jewelry out of potatoes is a fun and simple craft that is great for all ages. From the first step of making the potato beads, to the resulting gorgeous piece of jewelry, you are sure to surprise friends and family when they discover that the necklace you just gave them is made out of the same thing they find on their dinner plate.

Because you'll need plenty of time to prepare, this is the perfect craft for people that help out in a class regularly, like sunday school or a weekly senior group. Make sure to allow yourself at least 3 classes, or 2 weeks, for this project.

With a few inexpensive supplies you'll be making jewelry out of potatoes in no time.

SUPPLIES NEEDED
1 5lb (or as many as you want) bag of russet potatoes (or another type)
Peeling knife
Bamboo skewers
Wax paper
Acrylic paints
Acrylic spray sealer
Craft paint brushes
Embroidery floss/elastic thread
Scissors
Decorative Beads (if desired)
Long embroidery needles for beading
Old baking sheets
Glue

An instructional slide show on making potato jewelry

After 2 weeks, the potatoes are not a very pretty sight.
After 2 weeks, the potatoes are not a very pretty sight. | Source
Potato beads ready for a fun project!
Potato beads ready for a fun project! | Source

How to prepare the potato beads

You will need about 2 weeks to complete the process of making the potato beads.

  1. Wash and peel the potatoes.
  2. Cut the potatoes to the desired size. For this demonstration I cut approximately 1 1/2" chunks. This size made large chunky beads. Note that the potatoes will shrink by at least a third, so if they are cut too small, they will break easily.
  3. Put the potatoes on the bamboo skewers and place them on wax paper covered baking sheets or another surface. Use a portable surface so they can be moved easily.
  4. Put the skewer filled trays in an out-of-the-way spot and let them dry for at least 10 days or up to 2 weeks.
  5. Important: Give each potato a twist on the skewer every day to prevent it from sticking to the skewer.
  6. Once they have dried completely and feel as hard as rocks, they are ready to paint.
  7. Leaving the potatoes on the skewers and using acrylic paints, paint each bead, making sure to cover the entire surface of the potato.
  8. Let dry overnight.
  9. Give the potatoes a second coating of acrylic paint and let dry overnight again.
  10. Once the painted potatoes are completely dry, spray them with an acrylic sealer spray. Do this step outside or in a well-ventilated area and keep kids away!
  11. Allow the finished beads to dry overnight.
  12. Take the beads off the skewers. Some may be tough to remove and there will be a few that break.
  13. The potato beads are ready to use.

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Playing with different bead layouts.The final layout.Supplies needed for beading.Beading
Playing with different bead layouts.
Playing with different bead layouts. | Source
The final layout.
The final layout. | Source
Supplies needed for beading.
Supplies needed for beading. | Source
Beading
Beading | Source

How to Make a Potato Necklace

Making a necklace with potato beads is easy and takes no time at all.

  1. Using any surface, start by laying out your beads in a design. Add other types of beads for a different look. Once you are happy with the look, it's time to start beading.
  2. Thread a large embroidery needle with your desired thread. For this necklace I used embroidery floss. I always cut an extremely long piece of thread so that there is plenty of extra length for knotting. I would not recommend using elastic thread for a necklace. The bead weight will stretch it out as it hangs around the neck.
  3. The necklace in this demonstration is long enough to fit over a head, but if you want a shorter style, like a choker, then you'll need to affix a necklace clasp to the ends of the string.
  4. When finished beading, remove the needle from the thread and tie a knot. Make sure to tie the knot close enough to the beads so it disappears in the beading. This ensures a seamless finished look. Once you have the first knot tied, tie a few more for safe measure.
  5. Slip the necklace on and admire your handiwork!

* To make a bracelet, follow the above steps, but instead of using embroidery floss, I suggest using elastic thread. It makes it much easier to slip over the wrist and makes the bracelet more comfortable for daily wear. As with the necklace, a clasp can be added instead of knotting. It is your personal preference.

Helpful Hints

  • Make sure your needle fits through all of your different bead sizes.
  • Don't disassemble your bead layout once you have chosen it.
  • Before tying the knots in your necklace, make sure it will fit over your head. If not, add beads or a necklace clasp.
  • Tie at least 3 knots for safety and add a dab of glue on the knot for an extra hold.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I truly never would have thought of using potatoes to make jewelry, but after seeing your pictures I am convinced. Thanks for sharing this and have pinned to try sometime soon and have also voted and shared too!!

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful article and so easily explained. Your directions are easy to follow. Who would have thought potatoes? What a great idea. The video is great also. This is very creative and I love the idea. They really look like a piece of turquoise. Very unique!

      Thanks for sharing this with us! Voted up!

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      This is a very cool hub! These beads would be great for crafting holiday ornaments too! Who would have thought potatoes could be so pretty? Thanks for sharing this idea!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      What a fun idea with super directions. Your examples are fabulous. Have you ever tried specific shapes or always gone with the random ones?

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Wow. Potato jewelry - there's something I've never thought of! Thanks for the awesome idea.

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      L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

      This idea is super! Now I can create projects that will keep the female grandchildren happy and busy and do so without breaking the bank.

      Voted up and Shared.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Wow! This is a really great craft idea. How pretty too.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Janine! It's loads of fun to do and people never believe it when you tell them it's potatoes! I always appreciate your comments.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Suzette! It's amazing how the turquoise ones turn out. On a black sweater this necklace looks terrific!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Sharkye. You could definitely do holiday colors. Anything for that matter. Thanks for commenting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi RTalloni - I did try a heart and it maintained it's shape fairly well. They shrink up so you never know what the end result will be. Some get really wrinkled while others don't. Thanks for the comments.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Natasha! It is a really obscure craft, but it's loads of fun and so surprising.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much L.L. Woodard! The male grandchildren might like it too. Some of the fun is just watching the potatoes shrink up over the 2 weeks. It's almost like a mini science experiment.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks teaches! It's a lot of fun. This turquoise color one really jazzes up a solid color sweater and people love it when I tell them it's potatoes.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Never in a million years would I have thought about using potatoes for making jewelry. This is such a clever idea and so easy that even I can do it. I love it and I'm pinning for reference.

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      LindaSmith1 4 years ago from USA

      What an idea!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thank you Marlene. It is easy and you're right, it's not something that everyone thinks of.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks for commenting Linda!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Very interesting. Never heard of using potatoes. Like the way they look. Vote uP!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      You were serious! Well the finished product looks great, there's no arguing that.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I know mhatter! Many people don't think this craft is serious, but it is! Maybe it's because I joke too much. Thanks for commenting!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks moonlake! They are fun to make.

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      Lovely 7 4 years ago

      really great hub...

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Lovely 7. I appreciate it.

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      GiblinGirl 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Really cool idea. I totally want to try this. Do the potatoes smell at all after letting them harden up for two weeks?

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      annerivendell 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Brilliant! And they look so lovely. Will have to try this. Voted up of course.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      This was so interesting, and brilliant too! who would have thought it? lol! they look great, and now my mind is going two to the dozen as my mum said, I have got to try this! thanks! voted up!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Seriously? Potatoes? I would have never thought! who comes up with this stuff, lol ^_^ I love them! Thank you for sharing this fantastic craft with us. Voting up and sharing on the facebook page "hubpages writer's community"!! Oh I can't wait to make these!!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      GiblinGirl - They get sort of an earthy smell, but not overpowering. The worst smell is right after they get sealed with the acrylic spray. Definitely do that outside or in a well ventilated place and let them dry there too. Thanks for commenting!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Mama Kim! It really is wild, but they are definitely conversation pieces!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thank you annerivendell! They are lots of fun to do!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Nell! I hope you give it a try. It's fun and it's really cool to tell people that your necklace is made out of potatoes! Everybody gets a kick out of it.

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Wow - that is truly amazing. Just think... those are made out of potatoes. I wonder though - do you think you would be able to throw those potatoes in a food dehydrator and get the same look but lessen the time... I definitely will have to try this!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Ok, now I have seen everything. This is very unique and interesting. I would never dream of such a thing. This is beautiful and highly creative. Voting up and sharing!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Wow, what a fab-u-licious idea glimmer!!!

      Love it, superb instructions and pics . . . . looks so easy - definitely giving this a go!! Great idea for christmas gifts! Voted up, everything and sharing - definitely up there for creativity!!!!! :-) shared on fb also!!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Very creative! Looks beautiful too.

      Voted up and more! :-)

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am in awe just like the other hubbers commenting here. How long do they last, a year, before they break down or do they stay exactly how you make them? Very Cool.

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      jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      I would have never thought that you could make jewelry with potatoes! Very creative and cool idea. Voted up!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Glimmer, you're such a creative gal. Great job on directions and more. Never dreamed of such a thing. LOL Awesome idea!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi barbergirl - I wondered about the dehydrator too, but since I don't have one I went the old fashioned route. Can you put the skewers in the dehydrator? I've never used one. I hope you give it a shot! Thanks.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Tammy. It was lots of fun to do. I appreciate your support.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Suzie HQ! I'm glad you enjoyed it. It was fun to do. It is such a fun unique thing.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Ignugent - Thanks so much for the votes. I appreciate it.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi suzzycue - Not sure how long they last, but they are sealed and painted so I imagine a long time. The key is to make sure the potatoes are fully dried out before they are painted and sealed. Thanks for the visit.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much jennzie! It is definitely a conversation piece. People get such a kick out of the fact that they are potatoes.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it lyricwriter. It's one of those funky things that was really fun to do. The results are pretty cool.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Who would've thought? As you point out, this idea is very timely. Big, clunky jewelry is everywhere and seldom cheap. This is a great project, a great alternative to expensive jewelry and a creative hub.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Shared with my followers.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      That is a great (if a little weird) craft idea. Just one question, don't the potatoes start to smell or rot? The beads look great and so much fun, buying beads like that would no doubt cost, so this is an ingenious cheap idea. Thanks

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      It is a little weird, but boy is it a conversation piece. Surprisingly, they only get an earthy smell and none of mine rotted, just got solid. The bigger pieces took longer to harden and they sure don't look pretty before they are painted. I always washed my hands after touching the potatoes. Thanks for commenting!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks tillsontitan! I appreciate the votes and share! Chunky jewelry is everywhere and with a piece like this, if it gets lost or broken it really is no big deal. With some of the paint colors out there one could get really creative too.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I just can't wait to give this a go! what a fantastic idea!

      Thank you,voted up and shared.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks for the vote and share Movie Master! I can't wait to hear how your pieces turn out.

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      nylarej 4 years ago from Ph

      What an amazing and cool hub! How I wish I have spare time to do this again. I used to make recyclable jewelries and wish I can get more time probably with my daughter. She'll surely love this!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks nylarej! The nice thing about this is you can start it and set it aside for a while.

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      Marty Andersen 4 years ago from Richfield, Utah

      I love the potato jewelry. Can't wait to try it myself! It's so fun to see the fun and creative things people come up with. Awesome hub!

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      nylarej 4 years ago from Ph

      @GimmerTwin Fan:

      My 7-year old daughter just saw your potato jewelry and she is wanting it badly... We'll totally give it a try over the weekend then.

      Also, I have pinned it to pinterest yesterday and got a lot of repins!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much nularej! Your seven year old will have lots of fun.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much flash! I really appreciate it. These are fun and make great conversation pieces.

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      Torys Ten 4 years ago from Central Utah

      You have the greatest ideas! I'll show my jewelry making daughters this.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Torys Ten! I hope your daughters like the idea.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Potato jewelry concept is very unique, economical and creative! There are endless possibilities needed to be explored in the world of creative crafts! I am now into jewelry-designing course and studied the basics and details of this course with an ambition of becoming a professional jewelry-designer. Your hub is well-presented with a helpful video, clear instructions and eye-catching photos! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & pinned

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for your support ishwaryaa! I appreciate the comments. This jewelry is a lot of fun to make.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      I have never heard of making potato jewelry.. what an awesome idea! I guess when they are dried out, they are kind of like flowers that have been dried out? Thank you so much for such an awesome tutorial!! I could see maybe even adding some pretty glitter to them or wonder if you could dip them in resin to make them even more durable though they sound pretty durable already. Great hub, voting up!!

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      Karina 4 years ago from Edinburgh

      How original! What a great idea. Potatoes are always available and such a great fun for the kids! I'am going to try it!

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      lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia

      How fun! I cannot wait to try this! I would have never thought of using potatoes for jewelry. One of my nieces loves to make jewelry. She will go nuts for this idea. Thanks for shaing this.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Jamie! I think they would look great with glitter or they also have that metallic acrylic paint which would probably look great too!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Pringoooals - I hope you enjoy this craft. It's loads of fun. Thanks for commenting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate the comments lcbenefield! I hope your niece enjoys the jewelry.

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      recappers delight 4 years ago

      This is a neat hub. I am going to show this to my daughter. I think she might enjoy doing this.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a great idea, and so eco-friendly as well. With potatoes being so cheap and abundant here, I think it would be a fun project to tackle with my friends and their families. The kids would have a great time painting and stringing the "beads". Thanks so much...voted up!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks vespawoolf! My daughter really enjoyed it and had fun designing jewelry. I appreciate the vote!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it recappers. My daughter who is 9 really enjoyed it although she was a little impatient waiting for the potatoes to harden.

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      MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

      Amazing! I learn something new everyday, I had no idea you could do something like this with potatoes!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Margarita! It is amazing and people never believe me when I tell them it's potatoes! Great icebreaker if you are somewhere where you don't know a lot of people!

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      frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

      Absurdly fantastic and beautiful! Will have to try your process soon - but couldn't I speed it up by drying slowly in an oven? This is totally unique, so thanks for your sharing here.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much frogyfish. I would think that drying in the oven, no matter how low would actually cook them, but give it a shot. You never know. Someone else asked about a dehydrator. I imagine that that method might work better. I appreciate the comments.

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      Enelle Lamb 4 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Great idea! I might just branch out from wire wrapping to potato beads! Thanks for sharing this!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Enelle Lamb! It's a lot of fun.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      When I saw the title of this hub, I just had to read it! Nothing is impossible. What a creative way to make beautiful jewelry and create a conversational piece! Vote up!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much 2besure! It still amazes that these pieces are made of potatoes and I wear them! I appreciate the visit!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Have never heard of this before. Sounds very interesting and just in time for Christmas so the kids can make their own presents.

      Voted up and interesting!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Au fait - I think it would a great thing for kids to give as gifts. Everyone loves homemade things. Thanks for visiting!

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      Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      This is so awesome. I had no idea that potatoes could be dried out and used in different ways like this. I'm actually pretty excited about the idea of trying this out. It would also be a super great craft for kids to do.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it Mary. My daughter had a blast doing this and it's always fun to tell people your jewelry is made out of potatoes! They never believe it.

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      It's hard to believe those lovely necklaces are made from potatoes. Amazing.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Sherry! It's always fun to see a reaction when I tell someone what it is made of.

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Wow, this is a first for me, I have never heard of potato jewelry but it looks like fun and is beautiful. Thanks!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Cathy - I hope you give it a try. It is loads of fun and people get such a kick out of it. Thanks for visiting.

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      drosostalitsa 4 years ago from Greece

      Great idea! Jewelry making is so fun, especially when using unusual materials. Thank you for sharing. I am definitely going to try this.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much drosostalitsa! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and hope you give it a try.

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow. I never would have guessed those beads were made with dried out potatoes. What an interesting idea. This looks like a fun project for kids. Thanks for providing such easy-to-follow instructions. The photos and video are great!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks savingkathy! It's just one of those weird projects that turns out really nicely. It's also a great conversation starter at parties. I appreciate your comments.

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      Linda Keesee 4 years ago from North Texas

      How neat. I never would of dreamed of making jewelry out of potatoes. I would of thought that they would rot. I will have to give this a try. Your's turned out so lovely!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much MixedKreations. When I first tried this I thought they would rot too, but they definitely don't. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Glimmer,

      Thanks for publishing this article. What a clever idea!

      I've used potatoes in printmaking and as stamps, but not in jewelrymaking. I'm going to have to try this.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Daisy! I just wore the turquoise one the other day. My grandmother always said that potatoes were the perfect vegetable, but I bet she never knew she could make jewelry from them! I appreciate the comments and the share.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      That is so cool! I have never thought of turning potatoes into beads. I may try it sometime! Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      twig22bend 4 years ago

      Wow! This is really different and the jewelry is so attractive. Thanks for sharing.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much. These are always fun to wear and tell people about because they never believe they are potatoes.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thank you Kathryn - I hope you get a chance to give it a try. It really is a lot of fun.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      This is fun and creative, Glim! Way cool!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Michelle. I appreciate it.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, what a creative idea. I looked at the title and thought, how this could be possible. This is so beautiful. Looks very pretty too.

      Voted up awesome and interesting. Sharing, pinning and tweeting!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate the nice comments livingsta. It really is a fun and unique craft.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This is both creative and very attractive. If I had just seen and not read about it I would have known it was made of potato.

      Excellent explanation and pictures.

      Voted up, useful and beautiful. Shared and pinned.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much rajan. This is such a conversation craft. Wear a necklace like this and it is sure to be a conversation starter.

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      It's unimaginable that potatoes can be made into jewelry! Very creative, I would like to try my hand on this. This is might be the best way to start a conversation. Voted up and interesting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks vibesites! I hope you do give it a try to enjoy it. It is totally fun and unique!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've never seen anything like this before. Very interesting and the results are beautiful. I know a lot of people that would love to try making potato jewelry and I'll be sharing your hub as well as pinning it.

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      Eccentric-Lhee 4 years ago from Canada

      This is great, I have a hub on orange peel jewelry, never thought of using potatoes though, great hub, voted up!

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      Mary 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Great hub, voted up, more and shared, this is really pretty.

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 4 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Very interesting! I would have never imagined making potato beads. Great explanation and images!

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      Chace 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      How cool! I never knew you could make jewelry with potatoes...

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Just Ask Susan! It really is fun and people always want to know where they can get some pieces.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Eccentric-Lhee - I am definitely checking out your hub. I've never heard of orange peel jewelry. Glad you enjoyed this hub and thanks for commenting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks prettynutjob30. I hope you give it a try.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for the kind comments Tracy. This hub always surprises people!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it NornsMercy. Give it a try if you get a chance. It's loads of fun.

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Great idea.

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      Marian Cates 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Metro Area

      Wow, I would never in a million years have thought of making jewelry from potatoes. But it looks great. You've done a great job with the photos and video. Enjoyable, to say the least.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much IslandBites!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it Marian Designs. A few weeks ago I saw a potato necklace on someone and the woman was surprised that I knew what it was. They were really are conversation starters. Thanks for the nice comments.

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      Arizona's Restoration Experts, LLC 3 years ago

      This is the coolest thing ever!!! And I thought I was so smart. So excited, I can't wait to try this. Voted up.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks azrestoexp! Glad you liked it and hope you have fun trying it. It is definitely fun to do and everyone gets a kick out of it.

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      agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia

      Considering the expensive prices of those beaded jewelries at the malls, I think you've given a breakthrough in this potato jewelry. This really a great idea. Vote up..

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks so much agusfanani - You are right. Jewelry like this is really expensive in the stores. This could save a lot of money! I appreciate the comments.

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      Marian Cates 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Metro Area

      Wow, very cool.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks Marian Designs!

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      Dclark 3 years ago

      In the '70's my family moved to WA and my sister that lives here was wearing a necklace one day and I complimented her on it. She said she had made it, I ask her what types of beads they were and she said, "Potato beads". I tried and tried to get her to tell me the truth about the beads, and she kept insisting they were "potato beads". I've been dabbling in jewelry making for several years and I kept thinking about "potato beads", my sister passed away 1 1/2 years ago and I did not get the recipe. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. I will be making them as soon as I get back from the grocery store.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      What a lovely comment Dclark. I'm so glad you found this recipe and I hope you create some lovely pieces out of the potatoes. I still get people who are skeptical, but then they think it is really cool. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Jessica Barst 2 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Oh how cool! I wonder if it would be too difficult to shape them into rounds and ovals? (Do I have enough patience for that??).

      Thanks for the great idea! I always love to find new materials to make into jewelry :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Thank you JessicaBarst. It might be a bit difficult to do ovals, but it would definitely be fun to try. As they dry the shapes change, wrinkling and shrinking, but it would be worth it to see what they look like. Glad you enjoyed the hub and appreciate the comments.

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      Loraine Brummer 2 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Very interesting. This looks like a project anyone could enjoy.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Hi lbrummer - Glad you think this project is interesting. I agree and it's not everyday we can tell someone we are wearing potato jewelry! Now if I could only figure out how to turn potatoes into diamonds (just kidding) !!!! Thanks for stopping by and reading. Have a great weekend!

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