Introduction: Living Plant Pendant Necklace

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Hi,

Christmas is coming soon, I got a nasty cold, so I´m not really keen on last-minute-shopping in overcrowded malls. *sniff*
My girlfriends only wish for christmas was some unusual jewelry, found some cool stuff online and ordered it, but I´m not sure if it will get here in time. So at least I have to have some substitute for christmas eve, as gift certificates are somewhat lame...

So here my idea for a Living Plant Necklace suitable as a last minute gift or placeholder.
Materials and tools are usually available in any "maker-household", maybe except living miniature aquatic plants.
But you can put literally anything into the containment. Whatever fits in and matches the preferences of the recipient.

Step 1: Materials and Tools:

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Materials:

  • small glass containment and lid (optional a smaller lid which fits)
  • piece of bicycle inner tube, a little smaller than the diameter of the containment
  • small (aquatic) plant cut-off and some soil (or whatever else you would like to place in the containment)
  • necklace
  • rivets (optional)

Tools:

  • scissors (not shown)
  • cutter knife (not shown)
  • hole punching pliers
  • riveting pliers (optional)

Step 2: Preparing the Suspension

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Check if it fits tightly to the chosen containment.

Then inside-out the tube, the inner side is free of seams and looks better, once you removed the talcum powder. Using a solution of warm water and dishwashing detergent works fine.

Step 3: Preparing the Suspension Pt. 2

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Cut the tube to the desired lenght and punch holes in it.
Optionally add a rivet to the holes.
(Sorry, I missed to take a picture of that step.)

Step 4: Fill the Containment With Whatever You Like

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For my living plant variant I put in some soil, the plant off-cut and water.

But you can put anything you want into it (as long as it fits), probably something of importance for yourself or the receiver if it´s supposed to be a gift. There are no limits to the imagination.

Maybe you want to cut a little off the plug or lid, to give the containments more space.

Step 5: Close the Containment and Add the Suspension

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If filled with water try to use a needle or skewer inserted sideways to the plug / lid to achieve pressure balance, so excess air or water can get out and is not compressed. Otherwise the plug might pop out when under strain which I consider as undesirable.

Add the rubber suspension, squeeze / fumble it over the lid and "bottleneck". Make sure it fits really tightly, it has to securely hold the containment, even if the owner is dancing around like an idiot ;)

If in doubt, choose a smaller innertube or a bigger containment.

Step 6: Add the Necklace (or Keyring or Whatever) And... Done

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Your done, have fun! :)

If you happen to stumble upon this in a contest and you like it, please take 2 sec. to vote for it!
It would be a nice motivation to share lots of other ideas with you.
Look for it in the mason jar contest or the homemade gifts contest. Thanks a lot!

Comments

Barbara Pevafersa (author)2015-01-19

excellent, does the plant still grow?

confu (author)Barbara Pevafersa2015-01-21

Well, "growing" might be an incorrect term.

I intended this only as a temporary containment for some tiny plant offspring you might take out for a day or a night to show it (to) the world it´s living in.
It can do fine in there for a few days, but after that you should definitely put it back to its "natural" habitat and allow it to settle and grow.

I left the depicted offspring in the containment for about a month now for testing purposes, but now it´s slowly beginning to decompose, so I put it back in my tank.

So it´s not suggested and not suitable as a permanent containment even for a tiny (water) plant.

A tiny patch of (emergent) moss, succulents or cacti offcuts might do better in terms of longevity in such small spaces, but the latter are also much harder to fix in it.
If you shake the containment with a water plant (and water) in it, soil will settle at the bottom and the plant will stay on top. If you do the same with emergent plants, you will have a mess in your containment.
So soil has to be fixed to the bottom and the plant has to be fixed to the soil to be able to survive and grow. This can be achieved by mixing silica gel into the soil for example, but it´s a little more complicated and not that easy to DIY. See link:

http://www.minikaktus.de/

But I will keep improving this approach and do a few more tests and maybe make an `ible for it. :)

Robert Chlebowski (author)2014-12-26

Yep... This is definitely happening in the spring.

Mielameri (author)2014-12-22

Wow, I love this. Definitely unique

allie.fauer (author)2014-12-22

This is so cute! I have a few friends who would love this. I will pass it along to them!

curly gurly (author)2014-12-22

:)

RacistWaffle (author)2014-12-22

This is so awesome

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