Penguin Bean Bracelet

Little black and white beans

These little black and white beans just make me think of cute little penguins (actually I think real penguins aren’t that little but anyway). Their proper name is Black Calypso Beans and I purchased them online from Manitou Trading Company, part of Woodland Foods. They have all sorts of beautiful beans!

Black Calypso Beans (a.k.a. Penguin beans)

The Black Calypso Bean is a bi-colored member of the legume family, offering nutrient density, mild flavor and a creamy texture that performs well on its own or as a component among other ingredients.

  • 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length
  • Half black, half white with contrasting speckles
  • Mild, earthy flavor, often compared to potatoes

beads getting ready to be drilled beans getting ready to be drilled





Similar to the Anasazi beans, these beans are really little. You have to anchor them between two fingers to hold them still enough to drill. But it’s worth it.

Memory Wire Info

Memory wire comes in a variety of metals and sizes. One thing to remember is that memory wire is specialized and requires a different tool to cut it. Trying to cut it with your regular cutters will ruin the cutter.

The memory wire I used was silver and wrist-sized. I once upon a time had the little metal balls to glue on the end of memory wire, but I need to rummage some more to find them in the self-imposed chaos of my workshop. So I just twisted the ends of the wire to keep the beans and beads from falling off. Not terribly attractive, but functional.

The final (sort of final) bracelet:

Finished bracelet Finished bracelet

Found the little silver balls!

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