Looking for beads? Equadoran hands makes a wide assortment of tagua nut beads in all the basic shapes plus many others. Brilliant colors, excellent prices, too! See them at http://www.ecuadorianhands.com/index.php
Curious about an ivory alternative? Rainforest Ramble Tagua Nut Craft Kit allows you to make up to 25 projects!
The kit includes A tagua nut slice (which makes a great natural “canvas” for young artists), plus an adhesive pin back for each participant to make his or her own tagua nut pin. A “Rainforest Sample Set” to show children all the different products that are created from items in the rainforest, including coffee, gum, balloons and more! Our exclusive instructor’s activity guide that makes planning the project easy and delivers loads of fun ideas for rainforest activities, games and relevant projects. The only materials you supply are markers and rainforest snacks.
Note: Tagua nut is a tree nut – there may be individuals that are allergic to this material!
Tagua nuts come in many shapes and sizes. Most if not all have a void in the center which can make carving a netsuke a challenge. You never know where the void is going to show up, or how large it’s going to be – except that the larger tagua nuts have larger voids.Large Polished Tagua Nuts, 40-50 mm are available from Amazon. The bark looks beautiful when lightly sanded, and the interior ranges from creamy white to a light beige.
Carving taguanuts is almost as hard as carving soapstone. Difficult to hold and hard, sharp tools are essential and rotary power tools work the best. Holding the tagua nut is accomplished by either sanding a flat area and gluing it onto a board, pressing it into modeling clay, putting a screw into it to secure it to a board or using a vise. You can find tagua nuts “in the raw” in a number of places. Amazon has tagua nuts available Bags of 10.