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.
– 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
1. Glue a pearl bead into the center of the shell with the holes facing sideways.
2. Using the cutting portion of the jewelry pliers, cut a strand of wire measuring about 2 inches (5.08 centimeters).
3. Using the round nosed end of the jewelry pliers, create a loop at one end of the wire.
4. Hold the loop with the flat portion of the 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.
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.
7. Using the round nosed end of the pliers, create another loop.
8. Glue the spiral to the seashell, and let dry completely. This will instantly turn the seashell into a pendant!
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.
1. Glue a pearl into the second seashell.
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.
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.
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