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Potatoes were the last things I thought of when I first saw Julie Usel's rings. Felt maybe. But these are indeed potatoes which have been carved, dried and colored. She is not the first person I have come across who makes potato jewelry - check out my past post on Spudz.

Image by Julie Usel
Granted, the jewelry is not for everyone. But it takes a creative mind to see beyond the ordinary. If one can do that, then making conventional jewelry will be easy!

Julie Usel is Swiss born with extensive training in jewelry design in Geneva and Florence. Last fall, she embarked on her Master's in metal smith work at the Royal College of Art in London, England.

Another design student is Yael Friedman whose vegetable jewelry is part of the "Thinking Hands" exhibit by the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem for Milan Design Week April 2011.

Now you have it - compostable jewelry!

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  1. I some out of pasta :-)

  2. Zsazsazu - your pasta jewelry are absolutely delightful! Thanks for letting us know. Pearl

  3. Wow. They're kind of amazing, thanks for spotting this, Pearl!

  4. I suspected you would really appreciate this post, Michelle!

  5. That is so odd. I wonder how the idea came about. When you think about making jewelry potatoes aren't the first medium that come to mind :P

  6. Most unusual. They do look like leather or felted creations. At first I was concerned that moisture would affect such pieces, cause them to re-hydrate, but after reading the Sept. 2008 post about potato jewelry I was relieved to find that a fixative was used. It's nice to know that if someone forgot to remove the ring when washing their hands, they wouldn't end up with a huge, swollen chunk of potato on their finger.

  7. Well potatoes are cheap and easy to carve. Most of us probably remember making potato prints in school art classes. So it was just a short creative jump!

    Yes, a fixative of some sort would be necessary for porous materials.

  8. Is there a market for potato jewelry? Interesting!


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