Monday, September 17, 2012

Ecuadorian Hands' $40 Tagua Beads Giveaway

By on Monday, September 17, 2012 57 Comments

Tagua nuts come from ivory palm trees which grow in Central and South America.  While eco friendly tagua nuts might be new to some of you, the material has actually been used for well over 150 years.It can be easily carved and that quality explains why it is promoted as an elephant safe alternative. 

Its extensive use in the decorative arts started in the 19th century.  Sand was initially used as ballast for wooden ships but it got heavy when seawater soaked into it.  So sailors started to substitute tagua nuts for the sand.

An artist in Hamburg, Germany tried carving a few taken from a ship's hull and his success promoted the nuts.  Tagua nuts were often used for buttons (like mother of pearl shell - see Pearly Kings and Queens and Vintage Pearl Buttons)  in the early part of the 20th century until plastic took over. 

Today you can get tagua nuts in different shapes and dyed from various companies such as Ecuadorian HandsCheck here if you'd like to see how tagua beads are made.

Perhaps we could all do with some design inspirations if you are not sure how to use tagua beads.  These organic beads do a good job of being a gemstone or glass substitute in jewelry making.

Here are some of my favorites from the Ecuadorian Hands blog which featured some of their own giveaway beads contest entrants.  One stunning design is the one by Magenta where tagua beads and coral are mixed in with silver filigrees.


Naz submitted the statement necklace below wsaying, " I named this piece Boracay Palms, inspired by the best beach resort in the Philippines. I used beeswax thread, glass beads and wood seed beads to complete this exotically pretty piece."


While she didn't use any tagua beads, her design does lend itself very well to the use of said beads.

Elena Georgopoulou made this fun and colorful necklace :


Lisa Criswell of Indigo's Beads submitted this stunning netted necklace. Again she did not use tagua beads but the design allows for their inclusion.


Also check out this fun beaded bezel around tagua nut necklace design which is from Ecudorian Hands' Flickr set.


Giveaway
Inspired?  Here is a chance to win $40 worth of tagua nuts.

If you wish to try your luck please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info if you do not have an online shop or blog.

Subscribers need to click on the post title to come to my actual blog. Scroll down and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank. Please leave an email at the very least so I can contact you easily if you win.

This giveaway is international.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, September 24, 2012. I will pick the winners randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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57 comments:

  1. WoW! That's great and all the ideas are truly awesome. I am in love with all the pieces specially bees wax thread necklace.
    maria-nc@live.com

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  2. Lovely beads and great design!

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  3. Lovely beads and great design. I love the fun beaded bezel around tagua nut necklace design!

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  4. Incredible jewelries! I love the uniqueness of every single necklace posted here, especially the beaded bezel around tagua nut necklace.

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  5. The possibilities are endless, I'd love to try some
    :))

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  6. Love it!I'd love to win this.They're all so creative and unique.

    kiss_shani(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. Following on GFC as kiss_shani

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  8. Liked on FB as Shani Smet

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  9. I have worked with Tanga nuts and they are great.The pieces you showed are awesome. Thanks for the giveaway chance.
    rmar261783@aol.com

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  10. Tagua nut beads are just good karma all the way around!

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  11. I am also a follower on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sue.wendelovich), Twitter (@wendelovich), Google + (nost8mt)and receive your daily emails (nost8mt@gmail.com).
    Thank you!

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  12. These are wonderful inspiration pieces and the beads are gorgeous!
    I am a happy subscriber and I'll blog about your giveaway:)

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  13. I've always adored tagua nut beads and would love to design with them! Renewable resources go hand in hand with repurposed and refashioned jewelry.

    I subscribe to your blog and Facebook page. Thanks!

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  14. Love the Eco friendly aspect and colours, shapes are lovely.
    fiona.gilmore@hotmail.co.uk

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  15. What beautiful jewelry! I love making my own jewelry and these beads would make even ME look fantabulous! Please pick little ole ME!

    jillshope@yahoo.com

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  16. Ooohhhh....What a versatile nut it is!! Just looking at the pix is getting my creative juices going! Can't wait to use these in a project or two! hillcreststudio.etsy.com
    hollykurzman@yahoo.com

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  17. I've been curious about tagua nut beads and have wanted to give them a try. One thing great about them is that they are a renewable resource, unlike precious metals and gemstones.

    I'm a follower of your Blog.
    and
    a follower of you on facebook.

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  18. love the idea, haven't tried Tagua nut yet as it's not that widely available in the uk but would love to try some

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  19. Hii

    I love your blog articles.You have always come up with such nice and inspiring creations.The necklaces you have posted here using the tagua nuts are just amazing! I would definitely love to make something nice with these beads. I just hope I am lucky enough to win them!

    My email: virajg86@gmail.com
    I am subscribed to your blog

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    I shared your blog post on Google+ with the name 'Viraj Gala'

    I also follow you on FB as Viraj Gala, plus shared your post on my timeline

    I follow you on twitter, and tweeted your post on my page (https://twitter.com/beadinggem/status/247686975581212673)

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  20. Would love to do something in Tagua. I love the texture.

    split.infinity.jewelry at gmail dot com

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  21. I'm a big fan of tagua nuts, and I love the designs, particularly the bezelled necklace. I hope I win!

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  22. love the possibilities of these!

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  23. The tagua beads are awesome! I would love to win them!
    pupton58 at gmail dot com

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  24. Forgot to say:
    I am a blog follower (read your blog with Google Reader) and I have liked your Facebook page. Sign me up!

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  25. I would absolutely like an opportunity to work with this eco friendly product. Thanks to you and Ecuadorian Hands for the giveaway!

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  26. Never worked these and would love to.
    ceafranz@gmail.com

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  27. Gorgeous beads!!! Great giveaway.
    I liked on Facebook & Tweeted.

    jeannesprague@hotmail.com

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  28. Those are very beautiful beads !

    voltzia@gmail.com

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  29. I love these beads- my daughter in law told me about them but couldnt remember what they were called!

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  30. These are beautiful! Very funky and chunky! I follow, lead, pimp and pander all things Beading Gem. LOL

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  31. I would love to win. I absolutely love Tagua Beads! :D

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  32. wow, I would love to win! I absolutely love Tagua Beads! :D

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  33. Love the possibilites - thanks for the entry.

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  34. Thanks for contest - great possibilities.

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  35. Thank you all for your comments. We are working very hard to share about eco ivory tagua beads. It is great we've found nice people such as Pearl who's helped us a lot since day #1. You can follow us @twitter - www.facebook.com/ecuadorianhands - Google + ecuadorianhads

    Thank you for your support :)

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  36. HI Pearl,

    Thanks for the opportunity :)

    victoria_farrell(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  37. I've been eyeing their beads/nuts for a while. I'd love to win these.

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  38. I'm a blog follower. http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com

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  39. I follow you on twitter. http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz

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  40. I follow you on facebook. http://facebook.com/KayzKreationzGlassKreationz or Kay Thomerson

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  41. Just tweeted about your blog and giveaway and the tagua nuts.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/247852267494051840

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  42. OMG, those are awesome necklaces. And I love nuts so much, to think I can bead with them and make a pretty impressing necklaces.....oh, yeah, that is super super awesome. Wish to win your Tagua Beads.....if I am lucky enough. I am forever grateful for your generosity. Thanking you in advance, and many blessings to you, Adrienne
    Angels625@verizon.net

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  43. Nice pieces!

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. Google subscribe.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. Sorry, I mistyped our address. Correct ones are:

    facebook /ecuadorianhands
    twitter @ecuadorianhands
    google+ /ecuadorianhands

    Follow us! Thanks :)
    Eco Ivory Tagua Beads

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  46. LOVE THESE DESIGNS!!! I would love to be able to use these beads, and have never tried them!!

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  47. I've never heard of these beads and am delighted to have found them through you!

    My imagination is going crazy! Enough so that I had to forward this to my friend in the UK!

    bigbluebarn@gmail.com

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  48. I have seen these beads throughout the years and have always wanted to get some.

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  49. I follow your blog

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  50. Wow! I didn't know they came in such a beautiful variety. Neat!
    bjrussell@insightbb.com

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  51. Just tweeted about your blog post and giveaway. I'd love to try their beads.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/248585650448785408

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  52. It's a great chance to try something new. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  53. I just shared on fb :

    https://www.facebook.com/maria.manola.758

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  54. Gorgeous beads...my imagination runs wild!

    I follow you on Facebook and see my sites below:

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wrapped-Up-In-Magic/145456948869148

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/WrappedUpInMagic

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