making oyster shell jewelry

Pearls are Precious but the Inside of an Oyster Shell Shares the Same Luster

I think that Nature creates the best Art! Beauty is in every pine cone or a leaf…in the lines of bark on a tree. They can be the same and yet unique. Don’t even get me started on flowers!

I’ve also found that using natural elements allows me to preserve a memory or a place. This oyster shell was one of several I found on the beach when I went away for an Annual Memorial Day Weekend with a group of girls I grew up with. It’s always a special time so I made necklaces like this one for each of us and presented them to my friends on the next Beach Weekend. They loved it!

It was easy too! First, I cleaned the shell very well making sure all the sand and such was removed. Then, I drilled a hole near the top so that I could run the necklace through. Don’t fret about the size of the drill bit and where to put it. Just use a drill bit large enough to thread a large piece of yarn through and put the hole close to the top but far down that enough shell is left to secure it hanging.

Next I sprayed several coats of clear spray paint on both sides until at least the inside (shown here) has that wet shiny look. This is my favorite part because it’s amazing the colors and patterns that appear with each coat of paint. And each oyster shell is different!

I used a gold head pin to dangle a faux fresh water pearl from the hole drilled for the necklace. Just slide the pin through the hole while holding the pearl where you want it and then wrap the pin around to the front of the shell and back through the hole. Don’t worry how it looks because the necklace will cover it.

Cheese cloth creates the necklace. I think it lends a feel of the ocean and seaside atmosphere to the shell. Doesn’t it remind you of netting? OK! I divide a piece of cheese cloth into 18” pieces and then dye them different colors. For this necklace I used a small piece dyed a sky blue to make the loop through the hole that was drilled and a long piece that was stained with a tea bag for the 18” necklace. Just tie a note with the ends because it will be long enough to slip over the head.

Much More Ado With Treasures From the Sea

The sea provides us with many gems. When I was young we used to collect Sea Glass at the Lake. There was so much of it we took it for granted. But now I find the true beauty in it and much pleasure in Making Sea Glass Jewelry.

Well, I truly hope you enjoyed this project and try some of the others. I’d like to see where you take this so take care and keep in touch!


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