Beach Style: Make a Seashell Pearl Necklace and Ring

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Beach Style: Make a Seashell Pearl Necklace and Ring

This summer, one of my personal goals is to visit the beach as much as possible. From the fresh air to the sound of the waves, nothing is more relaxing. And if you’re anything like me, you probably love to scope out the sand for some natural DIY components (I can’t be the only one out there who does this!). This 2-in-1 project uses seashells that you can find right on the beach, while the addition of pearls adds a feminine and whimsical touch. The end result? Unique accessories that double as wearable memories of your summer beach trip.

Supplies for Seashell Pearl Necklace and Ring DIY projects

Supplies:

– E6000 glue
–  20 or 22 gauge craft wire
– 16-18 inch chain
– 10mm jump rings (3)
– Set of jewelry clasps
– Small seashells (2)
– Pearl beads (2)
– Ring blank
– 3-in-1 jewelry pliers

Necklace:

Pearl and seashell components for necklace project

1. Glue a pearl bead into the center of the shell with the holes facing sideways.

Cutting wire with jewelry pliers

2. Using the cutting portion of the jewelry pliers, cut a strand of wire measuring about 2 inches (5.08 centimeters).

Making a wire loop with jewelry pliers

3. Using the round nosed end of the jewelry pliers, create a loop at one end of the wire.

Wire and jewelry pliers

4. Hold the loop with the flat portion of the jewelry pliers.

Twisted wire and jewelry pliers

5. Using the flat portion of the pliers, curl the wire to create a spiral around the loop. You are essentially holding the loop with the pliers and turning it along the rest of the wire.

Trimming wire with pliers

6. When the spiral is about 0.5 inch (1.27 centimeters) wide, trim the wire. Leave about 0.5 inch (1.27 centimeters), as shown above.

Bend wire to make a loop

7. Using the round nosed end of the pliers, create another loop.

A seashell turns into a pendant

8. Glue the spiral to the seashell, and let dry completely. This will instantly turn the seashell into a pendant!

Connecting a pendant to chain

9. Connect the top loop to the chain with a single jump ring. At the end of the chain, add the jewelry claps to finish off the necklace.

Ring:

Glue a pearl into a seashell

1. Glue a pearl into the second seashell.

Glue a seashell to a ring blank

2. Glue to the back side of the seashell. Let dry completely.

Tip: Lay the ring (pearl side down) in a jar of beads or even a pile of necklaces in your jewelry box. This will enable the ring to stand up straight while drying, ensuring that your ring is perfectly aligned when dried.

Finished seashell and pearl jewelry

Wear your seashell jewelry with bold stripes or a floppy hat for a nautical look. Try coordinating with jewelry made of rope for that sea-inspired touch.

Seashell necklace and ring worn

Both pieces are so quick and easy to make that you’ll have them finished in an afternoon. Looks like it’s time to schedule another beach trip!

Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez

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