Posts Tagged ‘Shell’

march-photos-70 march-photos-70 Molded from paper thin shells, these polymer clay pendants are sure to catch a curious eye. Shades of deep Aubergine change into shades of bronze and copper. The lines of the original shell can be seen and felt as well as very small mica flakes that are embedded and adhered to the surface of the shell, front and back. The center of the shell has a large Swarovski crystal in the unusual shade of Tabac. The stains and mica are sealed to preserve color and protect the design from handling. I hand hammered red brass into swirling loops and attached copper balls with brass wire to them to give the piece a finished feel. The ear wires are oil rubbed bronze.  After carefully setting the polymer clay in the mold I had fun with painting stains and metallic finishes onto the clay and mica powder. Check my Artfire Shop to see if they are still for sale. I found these paper thin shells on the beach in Carmel, CA on my honeymoon nearly 13 years ago. I’ve never known quite what to do with them. Now that I’m designing jewelry these became a source of inspiration. At once I knew I had to make a mold of them and try my hand at making over nature in my own artistic way. The shells are so thin I was worried they would break in the molding process but they did not. Yeay! 


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This wooden focal bead paired with watery blue-green shells is like an offering to the Rain Gods. The added bonus here is that our pet hermit crab, Mr.Chicken Lips, is getting a little air time on the web. I couldn’t resist pairing him with this necklace. This is perfect beach wear or summer party accessory. This will be for sale soon!

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A carved wooden tropical talisman commands the attention at the center of this necklace. Adorned with shades of  coral, gold and lavender in smooth glass, mother of pearl and wooden beads. Part of my personal collection.

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A delicate shell dangles from the center of this necklace. Adorning the sides are crystals, shell, freshwater pearl and champagne colored glass chips and copper tubes with beads dangling from them.

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The abalone shell that dangles from the center is brilliantly colorful and picks up the silver-gray tones in the mother of pearl rectangles that dangle along the necklace strand.  Handmade beads of rolled paper in shades of old newspaper and stained tobacco paper alternate along the necklace length. Paper beads are actually from paper I purchased at a fine art store, not used for tobacco. I hand rolled them myself.



These earrings dangle below the jaw line giving plenty of flash and sway as you go about your day. Made with gold toned metal charms and red mother of pearl coins with aurora borealis finish on them. Metal teardrop tags dangle from all points of the charms, the lowest one beneath a small deep red crystal. Part of my personal collection.