How to Preserve Buckeyes for Necklaces

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Buckeyes are considered good luck. Some people carry them in a pocket or purse, but there are other uses for them. String them with alternating red and gray glass beads for a necklace popular with Ohio State University students and alumni, make them into a garland to decorate your home or use them in a decorative arrangement of fruits and nuts. Buckeyes are named for the distinctive white "eye" on one end that resembles a male deer's eye.

Things You'll Need

  • Cookie sheet or jelly roll pan
  • Newspapers
  • Drill with 1/16-inch bit
  • Gather the mature nuts from the ground and remove the outer husks.

  • Line the cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with newspaper.

  • Drill a hole in each buckeye and place them on the cookie sheet.

  • Place the cookie sheet with the buckeyes in an oven heated to 200 degrees Fahrenheit for two to four hours, depending on the size of the nuts.

  • Remove the buckeyes from the oven. Allow them to cool before stringing.

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