Monday, May 16, 2011

KONNYAKU ~ a craft tool worth eating

Konnyaku is a traditional Japanese jelly-like health food made from a kind of potato (Devil's Tongue root) and calcium hydroxide extracted from eggshells. The 'Konnyaku potato' is native to Indonesia and is a kind of herbaceous perennial plant. Konnyaku is 97% water and 3% fibre (with some useful minerals mixed in) and acts like a "broom for the stomach" when eaten, as in, it sweeps your insides clean! It's proven to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and help you loose weight.

Aside from it's many health benefits, Konnyaku also mixes wonderfully with paper to make it more resilient and malleable. It's very simple to use: mix into a milky paste, brush on and that's that! The paper becomes resilient so that you can crinkle it, weave it, sew it ... you name it!
These earrings (above) will survive rain or being crumpled or squished.
*please remember that these are pieces of jewelry and are not indestructible*

Freedom CC Gallery has a wonderful 'all things paper' exhibition running through mid June to Mid July make sure to come visit all the wonderful creations made from paper! >>

for exact instructions on preperation or to buy some Konnyaku, go to or email >>

another great blog post about Konnyaku >>

Two of FreedomCC's fantastical paper artists >>  and