Seed Crafting on My Witchy Mind

I’m addicted to planting things. Most seeds that cross my path find their way into a pot full of dirt. This would be just fine, if I didn’t live in an apartment without a yard.

Last year, I had a long conversation with my gardening self. “We must stop this tree planting spree!” I said to me. The talk didn’t stick all that well. I’ve already planted sapodilla and grapefruit. The succulents, flowers and ivy I’ve also planted don’t count because, well… because I say they don’t. *pouts and coughs*

I’ve been struggling, trying with all my might not to plant mango seeds, carambola seeds, cherimoya seeds and pretty much the seed of everything I eat. On a whim, I decided to start drying the seeds. The cherimoya and carambola look gorgeous, don’t they?
And the mango seeds look funky, fun and promising.
In my last post, I asked for ideas for crafty things to do with seeds. Winter Moon shared a link to Semillas—thank you! My visit to the site started a wider search. I had already decided what to do with the mango seeds. I was waiting to have thirteen of them in order to make a tree. But it wasn’t until I browsed around Semillas, Armadillo Artifacts, Naturaleza Organic Jewelry and similar sites, that I started dreaming of seed earrings and seed bracelets and seed bookmarks…

via Armadillo Artifacts

I’m not delusional. My desire to make something pretty with the seeds won’t result in beauties even close to the ones created by the shops mentioned above. Nevertheless, I think I can craft something sweet and full of happy, which will please my needs and maybe bring a smile to a friend or thirteen.

I need to continue reading about ways to make the seeds last longer, and I must get my hands on a small drilling tool… Any suggestions, my crafty Wicked Luvs?

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  1. Well, I'm no help...I know nothing about making seeds last or making jewelry from them. But...I know how to plant them! Getting them to grow,,,uh, well, not so much. I can't wait to see the jewelry you make from them, Magaly, I bet it's going to be beautiful.

    Blessings,

    Victoria

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  2. I knew you'd find something amazing and magical to do with them. Hubby is on patrol tonight I'll ask him in the am about a tiny drill and let you know.

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    1. So much faith. You make me smile. ;-)

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  3. I don't know how preserve them but... Making jewelry is a great idea. Also I'd love to see your mango tree made from mango seeds. I have been itching to do something crafty too these days, so I pianted few pebbles again. Need to do more!
    Aww.. we are going to start our weekend soon! :) Yey! Have a nice one too!!!

    (P.S. I also want to make candles... please remind me how you make a wick. you use teabags? and soak them in wax? the wick I made last time simply burned).

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    1. I promise to show the mango tree. It's raining around here at the moment. I want to find the perfect branch and bottle to use as a base. I will probably use hemp and wire to attach everything together. We'll see...

      Here is the link to the post about the wick (I used coffee filters, mostly, but teabag paper might work, too): http://pagan-culture.blogspot.com/2013/02/recycled-candles-to-bring-on-light.html

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    2. I can't wait to see it :)
      Thanks Magaly! I even got a paper cup to try your candle "recipe".

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  4. What a fabulous idea! Perfectly Magaly! I'm sure you will make some wonderful creations and I can't wait to see them. :)

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    1. Well, I'm sure that whatever it is, I will have fun making it. ;-)

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  5. Wonderful addition... I think I want some, BTW my gardening skills are plant, water, growth, fruit, bush rats, bush turkeys, grasshoppers, bats, parrots, hey, just a lesson in sharing.... flowers? one day my yard will bloom with all the seeds I have buried continuously over the past 20 years... just because Big F said they wouldn't bloom, I planted them... yep, one day ;)

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    1. I can see your face, painted with indignation, as you put the seeds in the soil and told Big F, "Just wait and see!"

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  6. how about incorporating the seeds into a wind chime? I bought one from a vendor from Oregon... the one I bought had jade, eucalyptus lehmanii (spiderclaw) and eucalyptus erythrocorys ( pod or bud)... they're called Obsidian Windchime...they use whatever is indigenous another one I have has a dried protea...

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    1. A wind chime would be perfect! They rattle sooo prettily, too. And I can mix them with other kinds of seeds. Yay! I love this idea.

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  7. Another weapon! Of course. Jewelry tools would work nicely? Next you will be writing tales on each seed, for a complete story necklace . Perfect idea and excited to watch ! xoxoDebi

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    1. You always see under my disguise. Jewelry tool or torture devise? Muahahaha!

      And how did you know that I was thinking about doing some kind of mixed-media storytelling with the seeds? You have my house bugged, don't you?

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  8. Here is the tiny drill I use: http://www.anniescatalog.com/detail.html?prod_id=92651

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    1. I am in LOVE with this tiny drill. I'm totally getting it! Thank you, Lori! ♥

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  9. Oh I'm so glad you got a chance to look at their shop...isn't everything just lovely?

    I can't wait to see your wonderful creations, good luck finding a suitable drill bit.

    I must share This gorgeous tutorial with you : )

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    1. I love their stuff. And now I'm in love with the tutorial, too. I'm thinking that once I figure out how to make a thing or three, the Little Princess can get extra creative, too!

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  10. I can't wait to see what you come up with. For a tiny drill check out Dremmel, I have a couple of nice tiny bits for mine.

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    1. I'm kind of curious myself, LOL!

      I think I will go for the drill Eliora suggested (in an earlier comment). It looks super cute, easy to handle, and it looks like a pen. *hehehe*

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  11. Seed jewellery always feels so wonderful, all those smooth polished surfaces. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you make. And how about guerilla planting? You know, take some to the park, add some seeds to the dusty rubber plant in the doctor's office, that kind of thing?

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    1. The idea of "guerilla planting" has put a galaxy-sized grin on my face. You might have just created a happy monster.

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    2. :) Happy to create happy monsters. Wear the full kit and camo cream when you do it! And photos, or it didn't happen.

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  12. What an awesome idea:)
    I bet you will create loads of beautiful jewelry!

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  13. Beautiful! i admire your industry! Unfortunately the only thing I know about seeds is how to ear them!! BUT I can also admire them in great art - so design away, magaly! I promise I will love your creations!

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    1. Idleness kills the soul. And I kind of like this whole bit about being alive and stuff. ;-D

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  14. Ha ha. I meant how to eat them. Not sure how one would ear them??? hahahaha

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    1. One of these days, you shall show all of us how to ear a seed. *hehehe*

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  15. I found a lovely little drill that came with all sorts of different bits, sanding disks and polishers. It works great for my blown egg projects and small drilling needs.
    http://m.harborfreight.com/80-piece-rotary-tool-kit-97626.html

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    1. I love all the goodies that come with it. Thank you!

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  16. When you first mentioned the golden cherimoya seeds, my first thought was "seeds and bones". I've been known to bleach the bones after boiling down a chicken for chicken soup, and then using them to make pirate hats.

    But those gold cherimoya seeds would work great too.

    There's something about bones and seeds. The seminal and the ultimate.

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    1. "Seeds and Bones" put such a powerful image in my head. They make me think of strong foundations of things holding the world together and help it grow...

      Chicken bones for pirate hats... Now, I'm thinking of Halloween!

      "The seminal and the ultimate." I will keep that thought in my head for a while...

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  17. Another great idea, Magaly. Looking forward to what comes out of your twisted creativity. Don't forget seed necklaces need nature blessings. Otherwise they ward away spirits and vampires. No, I'm serious. A witch told me.

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  18. I can't wait to see what you make! I am sorry, I don't know how to preserve the seeds. Big Hugs ;o)

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  19. Oh, I forgot to tell you, I was weeding the front lawn and saw something sticking up. I carefully dug it up. A squirrel had planed a chestnut and it started to grow. I quickly transplanted the little tree in the back ;o) I hope my little chestnut tree grows. I thought it was a beautiful gift and sign ;o)

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    1. I wonder if the squirrel is going to fight for visitation rights! ;-D

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  20. I, too, lack a yard... but seem to HAVE to plant the seeds of the foods I eat. ^_^ Or I plant the roots instead of eating them, and end up growing Elephant Ears in an empty coffee can... =D
    I love the idea of making jewelry or wind chimes from seeds!!! And I'm pretty sure the missus will like it too, since it will give me something else to do with all the seeds I simply can't throw away... I can't wait to see what you make!

    XOXO

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    1. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one growing things in coffee cans, lol!

      If you make something, too, show us!

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