After seeing this collection, it honestly surprises me that these once-edible accessories haven't already graced the runway in Milan.
These days, it's not uncommon to attend a craft show in a nearby town and find the place flooded with jewelers creating amazing pieces out of unexpected materials. But one thing I have yet to see is jewelry made from materials that could be purchased in your grocery store's produce department. (Until today, that is.)
Instructables user rawdesignco has finally shared the jewelry secret that has taken her over two years to perfect. I promise you that this collection of earrings and necklaces looks good enough to eat!
Because it's impractical to carry around a whole orange on your ear, our crafter begins by slicing her fruit with a serrated knife.
She makes sure that the slices run perpendicular to the grain.
She then bastes her slices with a mixture of cornstarch and water.
After that, she dehydrates them.
They can take anywhere from 12 to 48 hours to fully dry out.
Before adding the fruit to resin, the jeweler uses a sealant spray to ensure that no leftover moisture will escape her little slices and react with the resin.
When she's mixing resin, the crafter is careful not to allow the mixture to come into contact with her clothes or skin.
Using a silicone cupcake pan, rawdesignco adds the resin to the fruit slices. She moves the slices around in the mixture using popsicle sticks.
After each piece hardens, she cuts holes in the pendants and attaches string.
She recommends using a small drill to create the holes.
Wearing this necklace will show your family and friends that you have good taste.
Orange you glad you learned about this awesome jewelry design? (I'm sorry. I'm done now.)