Heirloom beans are one of the prettiest ingredients in the kitchen. Speckled, spotted, red, black, and white — they have real graphic flair. This disappears, though, when they are cooked into yummy (but less pretty) beans for eating. So why not hang to a few and work them into some unusual jewelry?
I saw this jewelry project at Etsy (where else?) and it stopped me in my tracks — beans on a necklace! It sounds like a kindergarten project, but I was struck how punchy and even elegant it looked here. The project is pretty simple and inexpensive; it involves a drill or dremel tool with a very small bit, waxed string, and beans.