When corn, nuts, and seeds are strung onto a strong cotton thread, beautiful bracelets and necklaces can be made. The necklace in Figure 18 was made of acorns with the cups. A large needle was pressed through the acorns and a double strand of heavy cotton thread was used for stringing them. They may be strung with or without the cups.
The necklace in Figure 19 was made of just the acorn cups. It resembles a Hawaiian lei. The cups can be used with other seeds and nuts for variety.
To dye squash, pumpkin, watermelon, and gourd seeds, place them in a hot commercial dye bath and let them absorb the color. Rinse the excess dye and string them in the desired pattern. See Figure 20 for a necklace of seeds.
In Figure 21, the necklace was completed by braiding cornhusks. Wool yarn and leather thongs may also be used for the ends of the necklace. If the materials are bulky, such a necklace is more comfortable to wear. Bracelets to match are made in the same manner.
Figure 22: A button of the same material used for the band and a loop of the braided material form the fastening for both the short necklaces and the bracelets.
Figure 18. A necklace of acorns.
Pine cones have long been used in floral arrangements for table decorations. A costume pin may be made of a sliced section of a cone. Select a cone that has fully opened. With a coping saw, cut through the center stalk and slice the cone into as many sections as possible. The slices resemble opened blossoms. The bottom of the cone is like a small, full-petaled flower. By selecting small cones of uniform size, dress buttons can be made of the bottom section. A small screw eye is used for the back of the button. If the button is to receive much wear, it should be varnished or shellacked. The cones are beautiful in their natural coloring, so should not be painted.
Figure 19. A necklace of acorn cups.
PLATE LI. Fill the back of the pine cone with sawdust and glue.
To cement a pin in place, Plate LI, the back of the pine-cone section should be filled level with plastic wood made by combining fine sawdust and a transparent cellulose glue. Allow this mixture to harden. A costume pin fastener is then glued in place. A common safety pin may be used if a strip of tape is sewed to the back of the pin to give the glue sufficient gripping surface. The smallest screw eyes or wire staples may be inserted in small cones left whole for a necklace.
Figure 20. A seed necklace.