Friday, January 25, 2008

Indian Corn Jewlery

Indian corn Jewelry has the look and feel of high polished stone jewelry and its easy to make. I remembered that I had some corn hanging in the garage from last Halloween/Thanksgiving, so I used it for this project. The corn easily popped off of the cob.

You will need:

1/2 Cup Indian corn kernels
sewing needle
small bowl

1. Pour corn kernels into a small bowl of water.
2. Let the corn kernels soak overnight or until soft.

3.Thread the needle. tying a knot at the end of the thread. I doubled the thread so it would be a little stronger.
4. Have an an adult push the needle through each soft kernel of corn until the necklace or bracelet is as long as you want it to be. Tie both ends of the thread together.

I remember making these in first grade. I was able to thread it by myself at that time but it really depends on the child and their motor skills. If the kernels are not soft enough, it is harder to get the needle through the corn.

Post note: If you do not have access to Indian corn, you can also make the necklaces with regular popcorn. I know you can dye it by soaking it in a mixture of RIT Dye and water. I believe you let the corn sit for two days in the dye before stringing the wet corn. After the necklaces are dry you can also coat them with spray varnish for a glossy look.