How to make a unique necklace by pistachio shells

Photo by  Vasilis Ioakeimidis

What they say about the handmade pieces, that the inspiration for them can come from almost anywhere, it's completely true. In these cases of unexpected inspiration, the joy of creation is even greater.

For instance: You are eating pistachios while watching a movie that you hoped you liked more. Alongside toy empathize the main character's drama by wondering how could you reuse this compact (the shells) raw material creatively. Op, bright idea. You stop the movie, get up, go to the kitchen, remove peels and soft pieces off the shells, wash them and leave them to dry, cause tomorrow a total transformation is waiting for them. Going to sleep happily. The -creative- end.

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You will need: silicone glue gun, string for necklace, peanut shells, brushes, tempera colors, glitter, scissors, jump rings and secure ends for the necklace

1. Arrange the shells in the shape that the final necklace will have, with their openings facing downwards.

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2. Using the silicone gun glue the all shells, by securing those which contact. Beware with the glue's flow, this is of course the back side of the necklace and you are entitled to make a few more messes.

3. Glue the secure ends with the string's end and press the secure end's ears to grip well (use a handle pliers or a pair of scissors to do so).

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4. Having done the security ends, cut a generous length of string on each side and check to find the in which height of your neck you want the necklace to be. If using hard strings before securing it to the necklace note to have the concave string's side facing to the inside-to your neck.

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5. Break a little piece on the top of the last shell in each side, so that the string can fit inside the shell's pit. Fill the pit with silicone and the dip the string inside to stick really well.

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6. I liked my necklace to be black, but you can paint yours whatever color you desire using tempera colors. If you paint it a lighter color, go with a lighter shade to cover the shell's color and create a base. Then use darker shades to the diagonal bottom corners and lighter ones to the diametrically diagonal up ones. This trick will create the effect of artificial shadows and the necklace will look very impressive. I also added some glitter in the shell's pit, so when light falls on it its really cool.

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7. Now, for the back side, in order to hide the bumps of glue, I painted the necklace one darker hue than the shell's natural color and I added black-gray brushstrokes to the diagonal lower corners to create some artificial shades. So now can be worn by two sides. Win-win!


By the way, every great necklace that respects itself, will ask for a photoshoot to be featured. Vasilis and me satisfied its request by photographing it one warm summer afternoon. See the whole photo shoot here - it was such a fun one to do!

Photo by  Vasilis Ioakeimidis
Photo by  Vasilis Ioakeimidis
Photo by  Vasilis Ioakeimidis

I hope to inspired you to make an original necklace next time you wonder, which one would match with your outfits. Don't be afraid to experiment with shapes and colors.

If you want more necklace inspiration see all my creations here

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Despina Kortesidou

Despina Kortesidou, a master student (hello neuroscience!) and a born adventurer, founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student. She loves sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring you to cover yourself with plants, color and confetti. She started teaching , recently, online courses for those loving food, plants and everything in between, and she has the time of her life. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people and overanalyzation.