Fall Favorites: Natural Beading Materials

Find a bushel full of natural beads, buttons, fibers, and findings just waiting to be made into necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more!

woodserpentine

There is a world of naturally-formed beading options to be strung and stitched. This autumn try incorporating something from the earth’s natural bounty. Here are 30 inspirational ideas (and shopping links!) to get you started with your jewelry making.

CaribouAntlerButtons
ANTLER, CARIBOU

Antlers fall off and grow back; they’re a renewable resource!

Find it here.

 

BambooRingsandThings
BAMBOO

It’s a grass, not a tree.

Find it here.

 

BoneRingsandthingslacy
BONE

Most bone beads come from yak, camel, and water buffalo bone from India.

Find it here.

 

ClayLimabeadsAfricanclay
CLAY

These are handmade in Mali, Africa. 

Find it here.

 

FusionrakuleafHM7086MAIN01
CLAY, RAKU

Out of the fire comes raku.

Find it here.

 

Cocoon
COCOONS

Spun by silkworms.

Find it at assorted online stores.

Shellscreamshipwreckl
SHELLS, CREAM

Embrace the waves!

Find it here.

 

DriftwoodShipwreck
DRIFTWOOD

Flip-flops are optional when adding this organic material.

Find it here.

 

fishbuttons
FISH LEATHER

Try an alternative to cowhide.

Find it here.

 

PearlsFusion
FRESHWATER PEARLS

The oyster’s gift to you.

Find it here.

 

fossilorthocerasFMG
FOSSILS, ORTHOCERAS

These ancient mollusks lived more than 400 million years ago.

Find it here.

 

GemstonesMonsterslayer
GEMSTONE, CRAB “FIRE” AGATE

There’s a world of gemstone waiting to be jewelry.

Find it here.

 

HempFusion
HEMP

It grows like a weed.

Find it here.

 

LeatherFusion
LEATHER

Tanning hides has been popular since 3000 BC.

Find it here.

 

Linen
LINEN

This Irish waxed linen is perfect for stringing.

Find it here.

 

 

BurinutAntelope
NUT, BURI

Buri nuts come from buri palms in the Philippines.

Find it here.

 

taganutAntelope
NUT, TAGUA

It’s from a South American palm.

Find it here.

 

riverstoneFMG
Riverstone

Don’t skip this option.

Find it here.

 

SeaGlass
SEA GLASS

Recycled by nature, and ready for you to bezel.

Find it here.

 

seedrudraksha2
SEEDS, RUDRAKSHA

Use these bumpy delights for mala beads.

Find it here.

 

Abaloni
SHELL, ABALONE

Abalone are nocturnal gastropod mollusks.

Find it here.

 

LimaBlacklip
SHELL, BLACK-LIP OYSTER

Making earrings or a pendant is a walk on the beach with these shaped shells.

Find it here.

 

Shellmotherofpearl
SHELL, MOTHER OF PEARL

This iridescent surface comes from a variety of mollusk and mussel shells.

Find it here.

 

shellwhiteturritella
SHELL, WHITE TURRITELLA

Embrace the beach!

Find it here.

silkribbon
SILK RIBBON

Use it for kumihimo or stringing pendants.

Find it here.

 

sharktooth
TEETH, SHARK

Sharks typically lose at least one tooth per week.

Find it here.

 

woodOpalite
WOOD, OPALITE

Is it wood or a stone? It’s petrified wood, which contains silicon dioxide (aka: opal).

Find it here.

 

woodserpentine
WOOD, SERPENTINE

Serpentine wood generally comes from South America.

Find it here.

 

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