Monday, March 23, 2015

Ecuadorian Hands' $60 Tagua Beads Giveaway

By on Monday, March 23, 2015 69 Comments

One thing I love about tagua beads is how colorful they can be.  These beads come from the nuts of palm ivory plants which grow in Central and South America.  The natural color of tag nuts resemble that of the real ivory. The material can also be carved and dyed.


I received some really colorful tagua beads as well natural hued ones from Ecuadorian Hands who are sponsoring yet another awesome giveaway. These beads are elephant friendly because no elephants have been harmed!  They are also a source of income for the people who collect the nuts and who convert them into beads.  So these beads are also eco-friendly as people protect their livelihood by not harming the rainforest.


As you can see from the close-up below, the beads, especially the coloured ones, show natural markings. A thick protective coating of varnish protects the beads.  They feel warm to the touch unlike cold gemstones, and are very light.


The tagua hoops could be used as small pendants but I chose to make earrings out of them as they were not too large.  Don't these earrings remind you of armor?  Maybe I should have called them warrior earrings!


All I did was to strategically bend the small vintage brass discs so that their holes align with that of the tagua hoop. The ball part of the head pins I used is not visible as it is behind the discs.  The trick to making these discs stay put is to make sure the wire wrapped loops are very, very tightly done. 

The triangular tagua beads were a riot of color so I decided to use several for a bib style necklace.  The beads were not regular so I went with irregular wire work using copper.  I aligned the triangular beads such that the wide bases were alternatively placed every other bead.  Look carefully and you can see how I used wire weaving to link the beads together.  The necklace does not stay flat until it is worn.


Wild elephants are now being slaughtered in unprecedented numbers all to satisfy a perverse craving to show off wealth with ivory carvings or believing in the outrageous claims for powdered rhino horn.  At this current rate of poaching, elephants and rhinos face extinction in 10 years!   Both these pieces are now in my Etsy store. 100% of the net proceeds will go to the International Elephant Foundation.  I've also donated to this current nonprofit Indiegogo crowdsourcing project to help equip park rangers with nighttime surveillance drones and computers for zero poaching results.

I posted it to my long neglected Etsy a couple of weeks ago and it immediately generated some interest including being shared on Beadworthy - an inspirational jewelry site run by Hayley.

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, March 30, 2015 . 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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69 comments:

  1. Anything that helps elephants is worthy and these beads are beautiful.
    davidwells49@gmail.com

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  2. I love tagua beads
    trish128@gmail.com

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    1. Beautiful beads!
      Katrina@katrinapeebles.com

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  3. Beautiful, organic components are a joy to work into your designs. Blog follower, zoowatcher10@yahoo.com

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  4. Wow! Gorgeous beads!
    datmine2009@hotmail.com

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  5. Tagua beads have chracter, and I love the different looks you give by using the whites only for the earrings, & all the colours for the necklace. Of course I'd like some too, and the cause is very worthy.
    Judith: jabraham@inter.net.il

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  6. Hello Pearl!
    Thanks for another great giveaway offer! I am a subscriber, follower and posted this on Pinterest.
    Happy Spring.....at last.
    Zan
    zanc@att.net

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  7. HI, Pearl,
    It's hard to believe that something that starts so very ugly becomes so beautiful. As you know I have collected several animal carvings made from tagua and love them. Please enter me in the contest.

    A faithful subscriber,
    Wayne Wiley

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  8. Such a great cause! I am a blog subscriber, would love to win these pretty beads.

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  9. Your earrings are my favourite Pearl! They are simple but quite beautiful!! And your bib necklace - wow! What a brilliant idea for those Tagua beads!!

    I noted how many men have commented so far. It's good to see that this issue stirs so many people!

    It's a great Indigogo project!

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  10. The multi color piece is stunning. No wonder it garnered attention. I would love to have a go at it too

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  11. I really like the tagua beads in their natural color ! Thank you for this giveaway,

    voltzia@gmail.com

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  12. Yes these tagua beads are lovely ! And no harm is done to an animal ...I am a follower and I won last year , and made a nice necklace and earings with the lovely honey coloured beads ... It wouldn't be fair if I won again , but .... wouldn't it be fun ???

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  13. I really would love a chance to create with this beads...I would love to win.

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  14. Love those beads, they look fantastic.

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  15. I would love to win. I love the colors of these! The earrings you made are super cute!!! I'm a blog follower.

    elvetter01 at gmail dot com

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  16. Greta Marullo gdmar@comcast.netMarch 23, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Oh Pearl, I love the jewelry you made with these taguas! I would love a chance to work with these components. I am a faithful blog subscriber.

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  17. I love these beads they look so tactile and I would love to try working with them, I am both a blog subscriber and on your mailing list as well as following you on both Facebook and twitter

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  18. Great giveaway. Anything to help elephants. grinchswoman@hotmail.com

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  19. This is such a great giveaway on several levels: the tagua nut beads are beautiful, they don't harm elephants, they are ecological, they provide income for those who need it....I could go on & on.

    I'm a blog follower, follow you on FB.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this beautiful tagua nut package.

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  20. I love these beads! To help the elephants is a wonderful cause!

    Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

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  21. Hi Pearl,

    Thanks for the chance to win. Love the hoops!

    Cheers

    victoria_farrell at hotmail.com

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  22. I love their beads and would love to win these and raise awareness.

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  23. I tweeted about the giveaway.
    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/580146450220220416

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  24. Gorgeous and with a conscience, great beads

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  25. Love these!!! Thanks am a blog follower
    Marlene
    mlsjewel@yahoo.com

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  26. I think I messed up my first post. I would love these beads and am going to purchase them regardless of winn
    tat8245@gmail.com

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    1. Nope. You did not mess up your comment. The reason why you didn't see it is because I moderate all comments. You can buy tagua beads from http://www.ecuadorianhands.com/en/beads-c-136.html

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  27. could you please advise on where to buy these beads?
    Thanks,
    Teresa
    tat8245@gmail.com

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  28. I love tagua beads -- their colors, their texture, and their shape.

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  29. Anything to help the elephants and these are a renewable resource. They would look nice on my Kumihimo necklaces and bracelets
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  30. Lovely beads, I am a blog follower too.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Sue : )
    doinwire at gmail dot com

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  31. I love TAGUA NUT Beads and have been looking at them for some time. Beautiful creations

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  32. I have always loved elephants so I support anything that helps them out.

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  33. I am a blog follower who loves elephants.

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  34. I like the colors of these beads.

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  35. Would love to win these beads. Your designs are awesome!

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  36. Beautifu an somewhat crazy like I've never seen before

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  37. I have never seen these before. They are so striking and pretty and the design you have made for them is exquisite. And also, thank you for raising the issue of the jeopardy of the elephants. It is so important to realize that these noble creatures need our help or they are well on their way to extinction! susanvstirling@yahoo.com

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  38. chupidee@hotmail.comMarch 24, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    These beads are beautiful. I would love to do my part to raise awareness.

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  39. I have loved the Tagua nuts since I first saw them in 2013. I have yet to own any, but they are on my list of beads to get. That it helps the elephants is a big bonus. Please select me to this giveaway. Thanks

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  40. Those beads are absolutely beautiful! I love the colors.


    blake31856@bellsouth.net

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  41. I never heard of Ecuadorian Beads before. They are beautiful!
    nadazain(at)gmail(.)com

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  42. I did not know this material existed! It looks truly beautiful. Thanks for raising attention to this.

    ellie_frank (at) hotmail [.] de

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  43. I love the beads and elephants are so amazing. :) subscribed d3bbi3zs@gmail.com

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  44. I love what you made with them. I've never used them but would like to try.

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  45. These beads are so lovely. I love how theyre pretty and animal and eco friendly too! I would love to work with some.

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  46. I also follow and subscribe.

    Rilepark2@gmail.com

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  47. Hi! I shared this on my blog (http://suchfuntogive.blogspot.com/p/giveaway-link-ups.html) and also told my friend who beads. I'm entering this for her (I bead too...but she had someone steal like $400 worth of beads last year, so I'm helping her build up her collection. I'd probably split it. *grin*).

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  48. Just tweeted again about your giveaway.
    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/581084085805658112

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  49. I love the colors of theTagu beads!

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  50. Beautiful Tagu beads!

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  51. I love the beautiful Tagu beads!

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  52. I love the Tagu beads. I would love to try using them.

    mrsrodjac3 at gmail.com

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  53. This is a wonderful thing that you are doing and the beads are very pretty.
    ~cryssT

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  54. https://twitter.com/sillver94/status/581361783300075521
    I tweeted about the giveaway!

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  55. Such a great project - support for elephants in the wild and I do so love the brilliant colours of Tagua beads. They are so out their - no wall flowers there.
    shw_samuel@sky.com

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  56. Oh these are absolutely gorgeous! I have never heard of them before and it was surprising to learn how much they are similar to ivory. And your handiwork is amazing :)
    my email is: aexaawan@hotmail.com

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  57. Shared on twitter:
    https://twitter.com/aiasma/status/582299463084941312

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  58. These are beautiful. Email is sweetwillowdesigns@q.com

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  59. Really great collection in your etsy shop and thank you for promoting this great cause. Alannadphoto.com gloabl@yahoo.com

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  60. Wow these are gorgeous! I had never heard of these before and I am so glad I came here to enter your contest and discover these. Simply stunning.

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  61. I forgot to include my contact info. My e-mail is vibrantflame@outlook.com

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  62. Wow. These beads are really beautiful! rachel_sayers at msn dot com

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  63. I love the look of these beads and would really enjoy working with them!

    suelacroix@gmail.com

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