Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Buckeye Bead

Today's bead sure looks like a candy buckeye! This is actually a polymer clay bead with a nice shiny finish. I picked some of these up at a local bead shop (Ally Beads) to make a peyote stitch bracelet in Ohio State colors that was encrusted with crystals. The closure was the buckeye with a loop of seed beads to secure it.

This little buckeye bead would also make a cute necklace as a tiny focal bead. For the fans who wear actual buckeyes around their neck, they might like a necklace with lots of tiny buckeyes surrounded by large scarlet and gray beads.

The multiple purposes of beads never cease to amaze me! For those of you in Ohio, any real life buckeyes still in your yard are likely covered in several inches of snow.

I hope you are all staying warm and safe out there! Have a good one!

Buckeye Info:

From the buckeye tree, the nut is actually encased in a spiny outer shell. The inner smooth brown nut was named due to its resemblance to the eye of a male deer. Check out this site for more info.

Here's a cute site that sells jewelry made with real buckeye nuts called "who's nuts"

This link will take you to the Buckeye chocolate company who, of course, makes buckeyes!

Lastly, here is a link to one of the many different buckeye recipes out there.


Dave Robertson said...

Hi, Lisa, so here's my ignorant question. What's a buckeye? I know Ohio is the Buckeye State. And I live near Buckeye Street in my town out West. But I have no clue what a buckeye is, let alone a candy one... Help! :)

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Anonymous said...

technically, it's a worthless nut. A nut that grows, you can't eat it or do anything else with it. Sad that we buckeye nuts chose that for our football team lol