Personally think that is a matter of preferences, I also really enjoy drinking coffee, but also to create different things with coffee beans, and I think I am not the only one who enjoy of it, because otherwise I would not have buyers in my Etsy shop.
I wonder if the beans would be easier to drill - less likely to crumble - if they were green (unroasted) and then roasted? My DH is aka "The Bead Store Barista" because he blends, roasts and grinds our coffee. I may have to snag a few of the beans that escape the roaster and try them.
Sheesh - so many great ideas and so little time to try them!
Deb - AZ Bead Depot
Apache Junction, AZ
I too tried this once before. I was once lucky enough to do it - I froze the bean and then resin coated it before drilling although many broke. The process was just too tedious to continue on. :-( i didnt drill right through though, made a headpin into the top and glued; making a sort of charm. A hole right through cracks it too easily.
My last solution was to make a mould and I made some with silver clay, they look very good. I would suggest though that the best thing - to get an identical replica would be polymer clay.
...or you cuold embed in resin, or wire wrap?
...take a trip to your local starbucks and swipe from their display!
if you are interested in making some coffee bean beads from polymer clay check this out:
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I'd rather drink the coffee too!
but those stale beans, or the weird ones given as a 'gift' would make great beads.
yes, I make beaded jewelry with coffee beans. I drill holes in the coffee beans using a really tiny drill bit. Some of them will crack. I try to look for the largest beans without cracks. If the beans are small they will crack or break sooner or later. I think you also have to be sure your beans are not too old. I use coffee beans that have been roasted within a month or so of drilling them. After I drill holes in them, I seal the flat side of bean with clear nail polish and a light sealant on the rounded side.
Best of luck.
I finally got around to stopping at a roaster and got about a dozen beans. I agree they break easy, but after playing a little bit I got to where I drilled the last eight without breaking any. I did however only drill them across rather down the full length. After getting the hang of it I found them not too hard to drill. I think I will get a bunch of beans at the store and drill enough for a necklace.