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.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pear Whelk Shell Necklace with Freshwater Pearls

This Pear Whelk was an awesome find. It's the only one I have found so far, and is a nice pendant size shell. I just knew I had to make it into a necklace! I love beach combing! I especially love finding jewelry quality shells! This is a lovely statement piece, and perfect for dining and dancing at beachy locales. I picked this shell up at one of our beautiful Florida Gulf Coast beaches. You can 'hear the ocean' in this shell!

I didn't want to get to 'beady' with this one. The gold and white freshwater pearls add an element of antique looking beauty with the jet Swarovski Crystals and double link chain. Pretty antiqued brass roses compliment this lovely shell. This is up for grabs on Etsy!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Shark Teeth and Kitten Paws

When my grandkids visited in August, we went to Casperson Beach to try our luck at finding sharks teeth.
We did find quite a few, and the kids (and adults) had fun finding teeth and shells.
I wire wrapped sharks teeth to make necklaces for Gwyn and Brady, and just finished putting them on necklaces Tuesday.Brady's is very boyish on leather cording, wire wrapped with black wire. Gwyn's is very girly and feminine, wire wrapped with purple wire and hanging from a purple ribbon with a sterling silver toggle.

Gwyn absolutely fell in love with kitten paw shells! Who can blame her? They come in a variety of sizes, from white to the darkest rust color, thick and thin. I made the kids necklaces out of them, too!
I chose a big, thick shell for Brady's, and Gwyn set this tiny one in resin herself! She also chose several kitten paws for a bracelet, but grandma got sick and didn't get it finished before they had to go home. So, the other day I finished it for her!
I used sterling silver jump rings, and a tiny sterling silver adjustable toggle. Gwyn has metal allergies, so her jewelry has to be hypoallergenic, or sterling. I also sealed the shells with a high gloss sealer, to give them some sparkle and shine. I can't wait for her to get this in the mail! I love how it turned out, so pretty!

Creating things for my grandkids has to be my all time favorite past time! Shelling and making jewelry are next on my list of favorites.

What are your favorite things to do with shells?
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