I've been collecting seashells for as long as I can remember. From east to west, coast to coast, and shore to shore, I always find a treasure to keep, and adore.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Seashell Saturday

Hello! Welcome to Seashell Saturday!

I hope you all had a wonderful week, are enjoying the summer, and have been able to keep cool!

Today I'd like to share an easy peasy way to make earrings.

What you will need:
shells (coquinas are awesome for this, or any shells that match, came attached, same size/color)

2 part epoxy, cardboard, toothpicks

earring studs/posts (I use surgical steel and hypoallergenic)

 Have your shells ready, and slide the earring back onto the stud.

Mix a small amount of 2 part epoxy, squeeze out about a pencil eraser sized amount from each. It dries fast, so less is best. Waste not, want not. I use a piece of thick paper or cardboard to mix it on, and a toothpick to stir and mix it with. When epoxy dries IT DOES NOT COME OFF! Eye protection, etc, etc... is recommended. Mix according to directions. Mine is ready to use after 1 minute of mixing.

Dip the flat side, or base of the stud into the epoxy, and attach it to where you want on the shell. Hold for a moment until set, and then set aside to dry and cure.

That's it! You can also do this with ring bases! If your local craft store doesn't carry the studs/ring bases, you can order them from one of the many supply sellers on Etsy.com :)

 I also made a pair from small Sunray Venus shells. They are sooooo pretty!

and small Olive shells

Last but not least...RINGS!

Other items you can use for earrings and rings:
flat back crystals
undrilled pearls
anything goes! if you want to wear it, make it!

What are you making today?

Have a wonderful weekend!

See you tomorrow for Seashore Sunday!



Love of the Sea said...

Very pretty. Hope you are enjoying the start to the weekend!!! Beautiful weather here today in south florida! :) xox

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You don't really want me to start this, do you? I have thought about it...but I'm afraid of what I would end up with! I just know mine would look like a Vacation Bible School craft project...gone wrong! heehee! But you make it look like FUN! Maybe one of these days! ♥

Kaybe said...

The colors stayed so vibrant on your coquinas & sun ray venus. Very pretty. The beach is loaded with coquinas right now.

Take good care,


Giggly said...

Oooh, I love those rings!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

You make it look so easy but I doubt mine would ever look as nice as yours. You have a real talent there.

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