Monday, September 22, 2014

Ecuadorian Hands' $60 Tagua Beads Giveaway

By on Monday, September 22, 2014 42 Comments

Before you read any further, take a guess what this pendant is made from. You don't get any points for guessing a tagua bead! After all this is the latest Ecuadorian Hands' $60 tagua beads giveaway! But what is the metallic looking round thing in the middle?


 Tagua nuts come from the ivory palm trees of Central and South America. They are easily cut carved, dyed and coated with a thick protective varnish. These particular ones, which I received from Ecuadorian Hands, are most likely leftover sections after round discs have been cut out.  No two pieces are alike!

Did you guess I also used a shanked button?  I played around with several buttons and a few of the side drilled blackish tagua bead cutouts using a 1 mm leather cord for stringing.  The multiple unit idea swiftly died but I liked coupling leather to the tagua bead.  I also turned the tagua nut upside down and ignored the holes.


Instead of wiring in the shank button, I opted to use the 1 mm leather to make a simple macrame bail using square knots.  The leather also added some decorative detail as well as helped secure and stabilize the button which appears to "float" in the hole of the tagua nut bead.  The pendant was then hung on a stitched leather cord from Endless Leather.

Back of pendant


I like this contemporary style piece so much that it has made its way to my own jewelry collection!


Giveaway
If you would like to make tagua bead jewelry and perhaps do your part and raise awareness of the plight of elephants, then have a go at this Ecuadorian Hands giveaway for  $60 worth of tagua beads. 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. 

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 29, 2014 . I will pick the winner 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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42 comments:

  1. I would love to win some of the Ecuadorian Hands Tagua Beads. That would be awesome.
    Treasa.brookman@gmail.com

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  2. These fascinate me....I would love to win some.

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  3. This is an interesting and timeless price of jewelry. Clever way to use all of the components.

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  4. What a wonderful idea!
    Love your blog--I save each one!

    mnludvik@earthlink.net

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  5. Love what you did with the Tagua frame and the shank button - looks amazing and I well understand why you would have made it "yours". Also nice to see that these lovely beads, made from the Tagua nut, are helping to bring financial resources to the beautiful country of Ecuador.

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  6. Absolutely beautiful, I would love to win the Tagua Bead giveaway. I have Bookmarked for future reference. skarupabarbara7@gmail,com

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  7. making a macrame bail is just genius pearl, well done.And yes as usual, I would like to win.
    I follow you on GFC, Facebook n twitter

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  8. I love what you have done. This is a really cool & modern design. I would love to get my hands on some of this Tagua beads and experiment with them. I'm a subscriber:)

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  9. Hello Pearl!
    I would love to enter the giveaway. I am a blog subscriber,FB follower and pinned this giveaway.
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/365987907191958851/

    Thanks for another fantastic giveaway!

    zanc@att.net

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  10. I have purchased tagua beads from them in the past and they have never failed to delight! I would LOVE more of them! Once again, thanks for holding all these awesome giveaways!

    I am a blog follower, too!
    Kathy

    kathy (at) kurke (dot) net.

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  11. That is a beautiful piece of work, Pearl.....you're so creative.
    Would love to win some beads.
    Pbuchannan@aol.com

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  12. These tagua designs keep getting nicer & nicer (& I love your idea of using buttons). The fact purchases of the beads help people in Ecuador makes the product even better.

    I'm a subscriber of the blog & follow you on Facebook -- Pearl, you're a superstar & you do so much to help jewelry makers around the world.

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  13. I would love to win this giveaway !

    voltzia@gmail.com

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  14. Great idea! A perfect fit, creating a style that enhances the button without overpowering it as the style of the tagua pendants is minimalist without being boring.

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  15. I was totally surprised by your pendant Pearl! I sat and looked at it trying to figure it out without going further and reading your explanation.

    What a delight it was to find it was a button and how you hung it was amazing!

    Of course - you know me and my love for anything that has to do with helping the elephants. I'm in there Pearl!

    Throw my name into the pot!

    Aims

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  16. I think these frames are absolutely brilliant - style, shape and colour - who could ask for more. hey would look fantastic next to gemstone beads, or with wirework. Love to win them. Thanks for the chance.

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  17. Greta Marullo gdmar@comcast.netSeptember 22, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Wow Pearl! What a cool necklace you made. I absolutely love this. I can't wait to make one too! I am a blog subscriber and thank you for a chance to win this.

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  19. I find your blog so information-rich with great tutorials. Thank you. You have done previous blogs on these Tagua beads and I have been to their store but have not ordered. They are lovely. I also would like to sign up to enter the contest; "$60.00 Tagua Beads Giveaway".
    patricia@savage.ca

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  20. As always, I am fascinated! And your work is always so neatly and professionally finished!

    I'm a follower (of course!): lauraproudman@gmail.com

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  21. Hey Pearl, I love your button style! The Tagua bead frames are interesting components.

    Thank you for sharing

    victoria _ farrell at hotmail dot com

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  22. I LOVE these beads, there are so many possibilities and amazing colors! I love your blog and read each new one the minute it's posted.

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  23. Love these for a new inspiration and your take on using them is wonderful. I love your blog and save each one of them.

    sistersjewelry4@gmail.com

    Thank you, Debbie

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  24. I would never have guess that was a button! Very pretty! I recently went to a benefit for elephants given by the Pgh zoo. Lovely creatures.
    dragonswing15137@yahoo.com

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  25. I am a blog follower
    dragonswing15137@yahoo.com

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  26. I love your necklace and how you made it!

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  27. Love this design, have been looking for new ideas and this could be one.
    Would love to try the Tagua beads, enen better that they help a community . Thanks for showing us and for the opportunity to try/help

    Grannazee@gmail.com

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  28. I love the look of these beads and would love to own some. I think it's amazing that it's saving the elephants, such beautiful creatures. Thanks for the giveaway Pearl.

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  29. Tagua Beads! new beads for me. It's very cute and would love to win this giveaway. Thank you.

    linda

    linda.lalibarte@hotmail.com

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  30. Pearl, I love how you framed the button and made the pendant necklace. Yes I would love to win this one. I have some vintage buttons that would look great too. Thanks Pat S

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  31. I remember the first time you brought awareness to the plight of the elephants- rough day for my heart. I love the colors that they get on the Tagua Beads. Really want to win this one- PLEASE!

    mahanlori@plateautel.net

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  32. These would be great fun to win! Laurahingley@Me.com. Laura H.

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  33. Brilliant idea with the button- would love to win this as I'd love to play with these new styles of tagua bead having seen some of the others when a friend had some I was very envious of her good fortune in being able to get some as they are not always easy to get in the uk

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  34. Tagua beads are an interesting medium to work with but the saving of elephants adds up to their value. I am a blog follower.

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  35. I make and sell tagua jewelry from Ecuador. I would love to win these beads. sherflood@aol.com

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  36. I would live to win some of these and use them. And I'd love to help the plight of the elephants.

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  37. I would love to try these! I've been interested for a really long time, so this would be a great opportunity! I'm also a blog subscriber.

    elvetter01 @ aol dot com

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  38. Stunning ! those are very original ideas ! I am trying my luck again ! I am a follower , and a great fan !!!
    DM

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  39. I always learn something new to try, Thank you for the wonderful posts. Kathy Cooper
    kathy@beadify.com

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  40. Always looking for fair trade things. Tagua nuts are a nice sustainable item.

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