Sweet Gum Ball Tree Fruit
Sweet Gum Trees are native to Louisiana.
Using these and petals of camellia flowers I'm doing a jazz jewelry riff on the old fashioned technique of making rosary beads from rose petals. I'll keep you posted on how it turns out.
Sweet Gum balls are incredibly strong. You have to use a drill or hammer and nail to poke a hole in them.
Got the inspiration when I started working with the theme "agriculture-related crafts" to see where it takes me. Using materials from on hand so the items created can be a part of the "2010 in 2010" project.
From this link gardening.yardener.com/Sweetgum.html
Sweetgum Tree (Liquidambar styraciflua)
The tall trunks and shapely canopies of Sweetgum trees are easily overlooked in their native woodland settings, but they are standouts in spacious home landscapes. These trees derive their common name from the aromatic gum, or resin, that exudes from bruised stems. The Latin name translates to “liquid amber,” again referring to a the sweet-tasting resin. The Sweetgum is also known as Gumball Tree, Redgum, Star-leaved gum, Alligator-wood, and Gumtree. Sweetgums’ hardwood makes them resistant to wind damage and commercially useful for furniture.
More than one creative gardener and Sweetgum fan has struggled to find a use for its interesting, but prickly, gumballs produced by the tree. One of the more creative uses is as slug barriers. Collect the gumballs and then lay them down as mulch around plants vulnerable to slugs, such as hostas or lettuce. No guarantees but give it a try
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