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.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Maple Leaf Shell Earrings

A pretty and elegant little shell, the maple leaf shell is from the Bursidae family. They are similar to the Tritons.
I don't usually work with bought shells, but I have to admit I don't mind as much as I used to. I do have to continually remind myself that seashells are a byproduct. Other cultures eat what is in the shells, like we eat oysters, clams, and mussels, and their shells are the byproduct. I can't imagine eating what comes from these.
I do prefer to work with my found shells, although it makes saying goodbye to the item much harder. I form an attachment to the shells when I find them, and that attachment gets stronger as I play with the shell and gaze upon it until it sells. Such is the life of a seashell jewelry maker. sigh
The maple leaf shell earrings have been fun! I have broken a few while drilling. That's always the scary part! If it can survive being drilled, it's all good. If I think it won't, I try the alternatives and forgo the drilling.

I always want my jewelry to be unique, and try to make each pair of earrings, and each necklace, or bracelet different than the last. These would easily be replicated for bridesmaids earrings though.

I have some shell necklaces coming up next! Some bought shells, and some found shells, too! For now, it's back to taking some retakes of these earrings. I am not 100% happy with them yet. These were the best 3 out of the last 30 I've taken.

These seashell earrings will be in my Etsy shop soon!


The Belly Dancer said...

They are all gorgeous. I would wear every one of them :) Have a great week.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

The pictures turned out great - very pretty. Now these are totally my type of earrings!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You just keep making more and more things that I love! How will I ever decide which is my favorite? Enjoy your afternoon! We had a little bit of rain...then sun...now clouds! But at least it's not cold! lol HUGS from the mountains!

The Beaded Pillow said...

Golly I wish we could just hang out together and make stuff. We'd have a blast! PS: The earrings are beautiful...and your pics look great!

Daniella said...

Ha! I know what you mean about the photos!! I have the same trouble!
I was thinking the other day about how you find these shells and match them and all of that work and you sell them! I was thinking of how hard that would be!! Then, I was wondering if you drilled a whole in them. That must be so hard!!!
You are amazing!! Everything you make is awesome!!

DaCraftyLady Debb said...

so so pretty I love the pink beaded ones. but then again I love them all...so nice! I agree it would be fun to all craft together..

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