Apart from the use of the palm kernel shells
for fuelling furnaces in local craft industry, the
exploration of palm kernel shells is silent in the arts.
This paper is aimed at ascertaining the systematic
procedure of conversion of the palm kernel shells for
the making of costume jewellery. With existing
knowledge on the characteristics of the palm kernel
shells, there were two organized experiments, namely:
deliberate conversion and random conversion.
Moreover, the results of both categories were given a
derma-friendly finish. The deliberately converted units
were either based on jewellery concepts of arrangement
or served as dictates to new designs. However the
random category could only satisfy the latter with
elements of originality. Apart from the numerous
amorphous shapes regarding the random conversion,
interesting shapes and forms were also realised from the
deliberate adventure. The shapes are ready like any
other beading material employed for the making of
costume jewellery. Researchers noticed that, the results
from palm kernel shells are conformed shapes and sizes
on one hand and variety of shell, sizes and shapes on the
other hand, all with smooth and friendly surfaces and
edges. This research affirms Palm kernel shells as a
viable material for jewellery making.
Keywords : Conversion Strategies, Deliberate Conversion, Random Conversion, Costume jewellery, “PKS”.