Thursday, January 7, 2010

Olive Wood Beads!

Here is my latest necklace that I made. It features 3 strands of 12 x 8mm Olive wood oval beads with a Congolo seed as a pendant. The Congolo seed measures approximately 2" hgt x 1.5" width. The necklace is very light.


The pendant, which is the Congolo seed is also known as a "Sea bean". These sea-beans don't initially come from the sea. Nonetheless, they commonly drift to and into the oceans and wash ashore, so being referred to as "sea-beans". They come from trees and vines that grow along tropical shores and rain forests all over the world. The seeds fall from their parent plant into waterways, such as the Amazon River, then drift through inlets to reach the ocean. They travel with ocean currents until they wash up on a beach somewhere, perhaps thousands of miles from their origin. Sea-beans are quite hard and buoyant, which helps them survive their long-distance voyage. I don't know exactly where my Sea beans originally come from but I bought them from Ritual Adornment, a boutique bead shop in Santa Monica, CA.


As for the Olive wood beads, I really do love these beads made from olive trees. The wood is fantastic. No two beads are the same because of the grain. The way they make the beads is kind of interesting. First of all, no trees are damaged or destroyed in the process of harvesting the wood that is used to make these beads. Basically, after the olive tree is trimmed her branches are kept for a few years inside Bethlehem caves. Caves are ideal to dry the olive wood because the temperatures of the cave stays the same year round and there is no moisture or humidity, so the wood dry without splitting or cracking and becomes dry and ideal for carving.



This is a block of olive wood. Now you see how no two beads are alike. The grain in the wood widely varies.







The three strands merge on each side into one strand of 3 rectangular Bayong wood beads.





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