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July 24, 2010

A Question

I've been on the hunt for walnut shells.  I've heard that they can be found at the pet store... no luck.  Tried the craft store... no luck.  Now, I could go out and by the walnuts and crack them all open, but I think that would be very expensive, and time consuming :)  Can anyone point me in another direction??

But, while I was browsing through the pet store today (a new experience for me since we don't have any pets), I saw oyster shells.  I know birds use them to sharpen their beaks, but I think the shell pieces are really sharp too and wonder if it would wreck any fabric if it was used to stuff a pincushion.  Any thoughts? 

12 comments:

valerie said...

Wow, I'm surprised you couldn't find them at the pet store. That's where I bought my bag. It's considered bird litter so if you go in the bird litter aisle, you may be able to find them. I don't know anything about oyster shells.

Jennifer said...

I found my bag of crushed walnut shells at Petsmart. It was with the bird "litter". A huge bag only cost me about $10.

I really don't know what to tell you about the oyster shells. If they are that sharp, I'd be afraid that they would eventually wear on the fabric and tear it.

Hope you are able to find a solution soon!

Left Sox said...

Yep petsmart has them in the bird litter, or even over by the hamster stuff. Also walmart has (in the pet department) the corn cobs ground up which isn't the same but also nice to use.

If you don't have a petsmart you will need to go to a "feed" store instead of just a regular pet store. They will have it cheaper and even sometimes by the pound!

Jennifer said...

I haven't used those but have read alot about them. I'm glad you asked the question because I didn't know either.
I use white rice. It's cheap and feels weighted and doesn't bother the fabric.

Jennifer
Feathers in the Nest

Anna van Schurman said...

I saw some at Strawberry Sampler the other day and it looks a lot less like walnut shells than you would think. Did you ask for it at the pet store? Because you may not have realized you were looking at it. (Have that problem myself.)

staci said...

Try the pet store again...it's labeled as "walnut litter" in the bird supplies, usually on the very bottom shelf. You might check to see if there is a label/sign that might signify that they carry it but are out at the moment.

I've never heard or seen the oyster shells. But you really won't be able to get the same effect by cracking walnut shells yourself. Poly pellets are a good alternative (they can be found in craft stores usually with doll supplies.)

Myra said...

Hi Cole - mine is labeled "Lizard Litter", it was in the reptile section. I hope you are able to find them as they are nice for pincushions.

I looked and didn't find it so I asked. Yep, they had it so you might want to ask.

Pumpkin said...

I tried looking too Cole but no luck. I haven't tried the bigger stores though.

Melanie said...

I've used dried beans too. Not my favorite thing to use(I prefer poly pellets because they won't bleed if they get wet) but sometimes you just want to get a project DONE and grab what is on hand.

Meadows08 said...

I haven't been able to find the walnut shells either, but I've gone to Petcetera. I've used crushed glass that I purchased at the quilt shop. I just backed my piece with muslin before finishing/filling.

natalie said...

I have never found it at Walmart or any place like that, but I have always found it at PetSmart and Petco without a problem. Always as bird litter or lizard litter. I'm sorry you can't find it! Maybe look on etsy or amazon. I get emery on there all the time with no problem. I know for sure that amazon carries crushed walnut shells.

Babs said...

I fill them with a mix of lavender and rice. When the nuts season is here, I want to send you some nutshells if you still want them then.