This morning before work I put these lovely shell earrings together (and wore them out!):
I made the jump rings out of some brass wire and put 3 shells onto the bottom of 1, then used 2 per earring base. These ended up nice and clustered, just how I wanted them.
There was some differences in opinion about which side of the shell should be facing forward. I liked the shiny side out, but the back looks decent as well. Shiny side shown below on the left, the back on the right.
In the winter of 2008 David and I spent Xmas down in Clearwater, FL. I’ve been a sucker for seashells since I was little, and I collected a bag full of pretty ones while there. They’ve been sitting in that same bag since then, waiting to be polished. I finally looked up how to do it and got ‘em started. The process seems fairly straightforward, but to be fair I haven’t finished them yet.
The first step is to soak them in a 50% water 50% bleach solution. I put my shells in a large bucket and poured the liquid over them so that they were completely submerged. Soak for 1-2 days (24-48 hours). Since these shells had been sun-bleached already, I left mine only 24 hours. There is an additional step of cleaning with Lime-A-Way (?) that I found on many instruction sites, but my shells smelled just fine after the bleach so I skipped it.
After soaking, rinse well to get all the bleach off and any additional sand out.
Set aside to dry. I put mine in a colander. I’ve already noticed a difference in color after soaking, but shells always look prettier when wet. I’m excited to see how these turn out after actually polishing which I plan to start tonight and will post about once I’ve tried a few. Until then I’ll post some pretty close-up photos of this batch of shells in the next post.