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Forum topic by AandCstyle posted 01-27-2017 02:10 PM 541 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2017 02:10 PM

Hi, a friend of ours is a real plant nut, no pun intended. She is a master gardener and loves all things plant related. Therefore, she purchased an antique seed pod that had been cut out on the sides so the nuts inside are somewhat visible. The issue is that the nuts have settled so that the stem no longer sticks up through the opening in the top as it once did. She would like the nuts to be raised up so the stem is visible again. The sides of the pod are about 0.25” thick and extremely hard. The widest opening is 0.8125” wide. You can see another example here.

Does anyone have any suggestions regarding how this might be accomplished?

-- Art

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#1 posted 01-27-2017 02:19 PM

Is it possible to cut one of the 5 flaps off to gain access to the inside to do your thing and then glue it back in place? If not I guess the other thought is to clamp it in place and use some long nosed pliers from opposite sides to juggle the nuts around.

Lastly this thing could drive you completely “nuts” so just give it back to her and tell her it is what it is! Lol

Good luck


-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#2 posted 01-27-2017 03:56 PM


It seems that over time the matrix that supported the individual seedcases has broken down. This will make it, in my thoughts, to be a no go. Since it’s an antique I’m sure you wouldn’t want to open the bottom and somehow re-suspend the seedcases with stem.

Good luck.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#3 posted 01-27-2017 10:52 PM

Steve & Terry, thank you for your responses. If this should ever come up again, here is the solution:

LOML bought a bag of nuts in the shell that included several Brazil nuts. We tried all of them to find the narrowest ones, then I sanded off the high spots. The sanded areas are a lighter color, but that is virtually invisible since they are buried inside the pod. LOML fiddled with the ones inside the pod until she was able to create enough space to add the ones I sanded. Finally, she fiddled some more until she had angled the ones she had added so they wouldn’t easily fall out.

Our friend will be ecstatic when she sees the “restoration”.

-- Art

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