Hi, and welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – making turquoise jewellery.
You won’t believe the secret ingredient we are using to make it.
ABOUT THE GEM TURQUOISE
Turquoise has been a prized gem for thousands of years, esteemed as a holy stone, a bringer of good fortune or a talisman.
Some believe it can protect the wearer from negative energy and bring good fortune and peace to the home. It is considered a symbol of friendship.
Turquoise is easily identified by its unique colour, a blue/green hue.
The word turquoise, which dates to the 17th century, is derived from the French turques for “Turks” because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey.
It was one of the first gems to be mined. While most historic sites have been depleted it is still often found as a by-product of copper mining.
Furnishings with turquoise inlay were discovered in Ancient Egyptian graves, dating from approximately 3000 BC.
In the ancient Persian Empire, the gemstones were worn round the neck or wrist as protection against unnatural death.
A change in colour of the gem was thought to signify impending doom.
Turquoise actually can change colour. The change can be caused by the light, or by a chemical reaction brought about by cosmetics, dust or the acidity of the skin.
Turquoise is believed to even have healing qualities, according to Emily Gems.
- Neutralises over acidity
- Alleviates rheumatism, gout, stomach problems, viral infections
- Increases growth, muscular strength
- Alleviates pain, relaxes cramps
- Contains anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects
- Application: should be worn on the solar plexus
Use with copper to increase the power of turquoise.
IMITATION TURQUOISE BEADS
The turquoise we’re making will not change colour but it will change your mind about the humble spud. Yes, that’s it, today’s project is making beautiful turquoise jewellery using potatoes.
LET’S GET STARTED
- Bamboo skewers
- Hard foam/container with dirt or sand
- Turquoise paint
- Fishing line or beading string
- Plastic beads – optional
- Peel and cube the potato – it will shrink quite a lot as it dries so don’t make the pieces too small, around 2 ½ cm or an inch is good.
- Thread them onto bamboo skewers, ensuring there is plenty of room between each piece. If they are touching, they will get mouldy and soft.
- Use the foam or pot with sand/soil to hold the skewers upright
- Now for the hard part – waiting for the potato pieces to dry. You will know when they are ready as they will be dark brown and hard as a rock. Mine took four days to get there, but it is very dependent on weather. It has taken weeks in the past when it’s been really cold, or wet. You will notice the pieces withering with a day or two. It’s a good idea to move the pieces slightly each day so they will dry where they are touching the skewer.
- Once your pieces are dry and hard, paint them with the turquoise paint – it’s easier to do this if you leave them on the skewers.
- When the paint is dry, determine if you need a second coat. You can dab a little black paint here and there to make the potato rocks resemble turquoise gems even more.
- When all the paint is dry you can cover the potato rocks in a clear varnish to protect your paint job BUT be sure and use a matt finish. I used a spray varnish as it’s easier and dries faster – I’m always so impatient!
- Finally, string the rocks onto your fishing lines, string or hat elastic to make beautiful necklaces and bracelets. I added some plastic beads for a variety of colour and texture.
Come back Friday when I’ll share a favourite edible recipe using potatoes.
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Happy crafting, and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.