One of my favorite places to go on vacation is the Gulf Coast of Florida. There’s a lot to do and the white beaches go on forever. They are riddled with seashells that continuously wash ashore. Have you ever searched for the perfect seashell as you strolled along the beach? Although I appreciate the beauty of a perfectly preserved seashell, porous and weathered shells seem more intriguing.
So, what do you do with all of those shells after lugging them home? Why you add them to a necklace or a bracelet…of course! They make the perfect focal “bead” and compliment every color scheme. This necklace combines a seashell with pink beads and copper wire.
You can’t beat the unique shapes and interesting textures of seashells. I’ve found that seashells, although they can last for many years, are often quite fragile. When selecting them for jewelry, be sure to look for shells that will be able to withstand the wear and tear of frequent use.
Oftentimes you don’t have to drill holes in them, as typically many holes already exist…courtesy of Mother Nature. If necessary, you can enlarge them with a bead reamer. When doing so, start with a very small drill bit and gradually increase the size to prevent the shell from cracking. If you have to create a hole, be sure to keep the shell wet as you drill through it. Not only will this protect the shell, it will eliminate harmful dust particles. When threading wire through the shell, do it carefully, using as little pressure as you can.
Here is another necklace with a seashell focal bead. The shell is suspended on steel wire and paired with cool blue and aqua glass beads.
Why not rummage through your seashell collection and find some beads that you can add to your next jewelry piece? I’d love to hear about the results if you do.