Pine Needle and Bean Casting taught by Don Norris, Silversmithing for jewelry making.
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Pine Needle and Bean Casting
This is an exciting and fun way of creating one of a kind jewelry by pouring molten Silver into a bundle of pine needles or pinto beans. For many years, people have done bean casting using almost every kind of dry beans ever grown. They also have been doing broom casting by pouring Silver into old broom straw. Both produce unusual one of kind pieces but all are fairly bulky, and somewhat coarse. I poured the first pine needle casting about 20 years ago in front of a class. Judging by their excitement, I knew it was going to be a hit. The jewelry produced are like stalactites and stalagmites. Good ones have lots of small holes where the pine needles are pulled out of the casting. Pine needle casting is a great activity for art and craft shows, classes and other activities.