Jewelry Made From Avocado Seeds: Brooches

Updated on June 1, 2017
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Often, I look at something that somebody might consider trash such as eggshells, and see potential art or jewelry What do you see?

These were simple and enjoyable to make.  What do the seed halves look like to you?
These were simple and enjoyable to make. What do the seed halves look like to you? | Source

Avocados: The Perfect Rounded Form

Yes, it is possible to make striking jewelry from a few simple items, and one of these items is the avocado seed. Whenever I eat an avocado and I come to the seed, I am very hesitant to just toss it in the trash. I don't do this anyway — I put in the compost pile. What wonders this seed holds! It has avocado oil, which is great for your skin and hair, and it has high vitamin E content, which is good for your blood vessels, and now you can make jewelry with it! Who knew?

Take a look at the seed. Some, but not all of these pits are completely round. When they dry out a little, they naturally split apart into two equal domes. If they don't split into round forms, they split into elongated forms. Add some paint, and you're in business. I will explain how the mighty avocado seed can be transformed into some fun items. Did you ever look at a ladybug? Well, I just think they are one of most engaging insects around. They're actually a beetle, but they're far from beetle-shaped. Much rounder! What else has a round shape? Could this be turned into a piece of jewelry? You're only limited by your imagination.

As you can see, the seeds have shrunk quite a bit, to just the right size for a fun brooch.
As you can see, the seeds have shrunk quite a bit, to just the right size for a fun brooch. | Source

First Steps

  1. Collect your avocado pits! Remember, one pit equals two potential pieces of jewelry.
  2. Wash all collected pits in mild soap and warm water or just rinse them thoroughly. Towel dry and then let them naturally air dry for a couple more days. By this time they will have shrunk down to about 1/3 of their original size.
  3. Split the pits where they would naturally break apart. Sand the pits smooth with fine sandpaper. You don't want to gouge the pits.
  4. Base coat each pit half with acrylic gesso. Let dry thoroughly (about 20 minutes for small objects) and sand once more gently. Get a good photograph book of beetles and ladybugs and pay attention to the unique patterns of these beetles, then, let your imagination fly. For the beginner, I recommend using acrylic paints because they are very forgiving and cover easily. For the more advanced jewelry designer, try coloring the avocados with soft pastel to get beautiful, subtle variations in color. An excellent brand to try is Schminke or Unisom soft pastels. Before coloring, stick a toothpick in the avocado so you'll be able to dip them in the polyurethane without touching them. Once you get the colors just right, dip in and out of the water based polyurethane to seal. Let dry, then sand with very fine steel wool and put on two more coats, sanding between coats.
  5. Preparation for avocado pits is the same whether you use acrylic paints or pastels. You must sand and gesso the pits first.
  6. Three thin coats of a clear sealer should protect the pieces. Let each coat dry, then sand each coat with very fine steel wool. (It will help the next coat of sealer adhere better).
  7. To make the back look as good as the top, trace shape of avocado half on a piece of material, and cut about 1/8" larger than the tracing. Glue the pin for the brooch (bought at any craft store) onto the back of the sanded avocado half and let dry thoroughly.
  8. Cut a slit in the material where the pin will come through; place the piece of material with the slit in it over the pin mechanism and maneuver into place so the material just comes to the edge of the pin. Trim the material with very sharp scissors, otherwise the material will unravel.
  9. For a little variety, add coiled copper or brass wire for antennae.

Some of the items you will need to finish your pin beautifully.  Material for the backing, a clear top coat finish and of course, a pin mechanism!
Some of the items you will need to finish your pin beautifully. Material for the backing, a clear top coat finish and of course, a pin mechanism! | Source

Key Products for Successful Pins

  1. Excellent quality acrylic paints. Golden or Liquitex brands are very good.
  2. Tar gel by Golden Acrylics. This gel allows you to draw (or drip) texture onto your piece, or Creative Paper Clay and an extruder so you can make thin raised edges if need be.
  3. "Fusion" glue. This is a clear, strong glue that I recommend for many projects. It is also non-toxic, so it is good for jewelry that will be close to your body.
  4. A top coat sealer. Water based polyurethane sealer is fine. Make sure the label says non yellowing. Experiment with gloss, matte, and semi gloss. One of my favorite sealers is by Martha Stewart called decoupage glue and sealer. Dries clear and bright and is also non-toxic.
  5. What makes a beautiful pin? Like anything, practice, practice, practice and careful craftsmanship. Have fun and good luck on your project!

Questions & Answers

  • How can I protect the avocado seeds from mold?

    Hi there, make sure you split the seeds before washing. You can work the seeds apart along the natural split line. Wash with soapy water, rinse thoroughly and dry with a paper towel. I then let them air dry in a room with good air circulation for a couple more days. I have never found a need to do more than this. Bear in mind drying time can vary with seed size. Have fun making your brooches!


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    • thoughtfulgirl2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Smaletz 

      7 years ago from East Coast

      Yup, I enjoy working with all manner of things. I think i may try carving into the avocado seeds for a different piece of jewelry. Thanks for stopping by my hubs:)

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      Joy Campbell 

      7 years ago from South Florida

      What a unique idea! Thanks for sharing.

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      Randy McLaughlin 

      8 years ago from Liberia, Costa Rica

      nice project idea!

    • thoughtfulgirl2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Smaletz 

      8 years ago from East Coast

      Hi there, Londonlady,

      I just seem to make the oddest connections between one thing to another, hence the ladybug pins:) have a great day.

    • thoughtfulgirl2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Smaletz 

      8 years ago from East Coast

      Hi Chris,

      I don't know if my comment was posted, so thank-you and I'm glad they made you smile!

    • thoughtfulgirl2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Smaletz 

      8 years ago from East Coast

      Hi there, Chris

      I'm glad it made you smile:) Happy hubbing to you!

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      Laura Writes 

      8 years ago

      These are really cool!

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      Chris Hugh 

      8 years ago

      Ha, what a delightful hub with wonderful pictures. It made me smile. Thank you.


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