Posted by E.G.D. on September 15, 2012
So, as those of you who read my posts know, my niece and nephew collected a truly amazing number of shells last time our family visited the gulf coast together. Some of you might recall that particular event ultimately led to my discovery of seashells as a decopage-able item. Well, a couple weeks ago, I finally decided that something must be done about the fact that all those shells were still in bags and buckets half full of water and sand. I fished them out of the plastic crate that had been their home for a good number of months, and I spent about an hour one evening and washed them all, laying them out to dry on towels and dumping all the excess sand in the backyard. Now, I know this may sound like an odd thing for an aunt to do of an evening, but I had a very good reason, and the reason is as follows: one day, I decided to string some of my beach treasures from the Louisiana Gulf Coast, and my nephew walked into my room and said, “wow, Aunt Elisa! Those are beautiful. I hope I can be a great necklace maker like you when I grow up,” and my immediate response was, “Liam, you can be just as good a necklace maker right now. Here, I’ll show you…” but, what with his being five and a bit flighty, he was out of the room before I could get his hands on my shells.
Now, I won’t say I sprung immediately into action or anything, but I can say that the very next time I found myself in a craft store, I bought a large package of plastic necklace cord and two large packages of miscellaneous plastic beads. I’m sure you have guessed this by now, but that was the night I went and washed all those shells, and I carefully picked out every one I could find with a proper, natural hole in it.
Well, that was a long story, and I feel I oughtn’t make a long story longer, so I shall present the result to you in pictures, though I am sorry to say that Liam was asleep when I took them (this was seashell necklace evening #2). However, I did get some good shots of his necklace, and Oona was happy to demonstrate the process for me ^_^.
As you can see, this is a simple, fun project for beachcombers of all ages, and the possibilities are endless. I highly recommend this sort of project to any family of beachgoers. I absolutely guarantee the little ones will love the entire process, from collecting to stringing! Happy beach treasure crafting- E.G.D.
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Posted by E.G.D. on August 9, 2012
You know, some seashells just beg to be necklace pendants. Just think of how many beautiful shells you find on any beach trip that have perfectly placed holes in them, and I’m sure you’ll see what I mean. Recently, Jody and I drove down to the Louisiana Gulf Coast (sometimes called the Cajun Riviera), and I came home with three shells that found their ways onto chains and cords within the week.
Now, this is a project that anyone and everyone with a steady hand can do. All I used was a length of chain, a bit of waxed necklace cord, lobster-claw clasps (purchased at a craft store) and a pair of needle nosed pliers. Alternately, I could have used a “necklace kit,” which they sell pretty much everywhere, including Walmart and Target. Without further ado, here is the first shell necklace! It has interesting craters in it, so I call it the moon shell necklace.
I couldn’t have chosen a better place for those holes than the place nature chose for me!
This is the flip side. What a lovely shade of blue!
Here’s a slightly different angle
It hangs so nicely!
This next one I thought looked a little bit like a wing, and I strung it on a piece of waxed cord between two silver-sheen beads.
And finally, this one has a nice natural grunge effect. It is a thoroughly weathered lightning whelk shell.
Aren’t they fun? And it only took me about ten minutes per piece, most of which was deciding how long I wanted to make the cord or chain so that the shell would hang nicely. Goodness knows, I could do this a hundred times over with shells in my collection, and I wouldn’t have to drill a single hole! Nature does provide.
Happy beach crafting! -E.G.D.
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Posted by Jody on December 22, 2011
Barnacles from (l) Silver Strand State Beach, California and (r) Newport , Oregon (Photo ©Jody Diehl)
Some of our favorite beach treasure finds are rock barnacles. It’s pretty simple to identify rock barnacles (see the photo to the right). Rock barnacles come with a natural opening which makes them perfect for stringing as ornaments and decorations.
Our little year round “memory tree” has a rock barnacle, hung with a ribbon, from the beaches of Newport, Oregon. If you ask us, you just can’t beat a beachcombing find with a ready-made hole for stringing!
According to Word Book Online: the barnacle ” is the only crustacean that stays in one position during its adult life. Crustaceans, which include barnacles, lobsters, and shrimp, are a type of animal with a shell and jointed legs. Adult barnacles attach themselves to a hard surface, such as a rock, the hull of a ship, or even a whale.”
Carlton, James T. “Barnacle.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2011. Web. 22 Dec. 2011.
Rock Barnacle Found Beachcombing at Newport, Oregon (Photo ©Jody Diehl)
Merry Christmas from the Diehl Family!
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