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.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Matching Seashells for Earrings

Good morning!

I'm playing around with some shells this morning, and it occurred to me that everyone doesn't know how difficult it is to match shells for earrings. They need to be as close to the same size and shape as possible. They also need to be very similar in color...of course.
Take this pile of limpet shells for example....
They all look pretty similar don't they?
Now spread them out, and try to find two that are so nearly identical that they appear to be the same shell (except limpets are not bivalves). If they are even 1/16 of an inch different in size...they won't make a pair of earrings. One is deeper than the other...not good candidates. Some are more blue, and some are more green, and some barely have any color at all. Some have chipped edges, so are automatically out. It's just not as easy as it looks!

I'm trying to make a pair of limpet earrings in 14k gold just like the sterling silver pair I made. Wish me luck!

Have a beachy day!
Del

2 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Those shells are going to make gorgeous earrings. I love their color.

Love of the Sea said...

Love the limpet shells. They are so pretty. Are you still going to make a photo frame with them? I remember reading about that on your blog and it sounded like it would be so pretty!

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