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Bamboo, sandalwood, rosewood, bayong... there are so many! The shapes are endless and the variations in the patterns are diverse enough that you will never find the same bead with the same markings. What is super convenient and wonderful about wood is that you can alter it to be whatever you want it to be. Since it's light and soft, you can cut it into any organic shape. It takes on color extremely well so dye it, color it, or draw on it to achieve that perfect look you're aiming for. If you decide to keep the natural color, they go great with browns, oranges, yellows, and golds.
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These are not your glass seed beads manufactured to perfection. Nuts, seeds, and pods from foliage make spectacular assets. Most people like to use them as filler beads, but if you find one that special enough in color and intricate in shape, it definitely deserves the spotlight! Get right up an close to a buri nut or palm seed and you will be surprised at how much variation there is, especially the ones found in rain forests and other tropical areas.
|Emmy Hirsch is an intern at SchulmanArt and will be an incoming freshman at Franklin and Marshall College in the fall of 2013.|
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