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
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:
Haven’t listed these yet (still looking for those little balls), but this is how the bracelet turned out. I just love it — maybe I’ll just keep it to wear myself!
Please take a look at my web site anyway, though. Thanks.