Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Shell & Seaglass Pendants {{Memorialize Your Beach Trip}}

When we were in Mexico we found a TON of seaglass and some cool shells for the kids. I also found a shell with a hole in it that I knew would be a great pendant. Then I got to thinking, what better way to remember your beach trip then by being able to wear it every day? Don't think of the gaudy shell necklaces that you find at the tourist shops; you can make this completely your style because you're the one picking the shells & glass and wire wrapping it. Want to learn how to make one yourself? You'll be done in 10 minutes or less - let's get started!

Shell Pendant - you need a few feet of 24ga wire (I use sterling), jump ring, shell with a hole and pliers.
1. Start a wrapped loop at the end of your wire with about 2" excess at the end.
2. Finish wrapping the excess around the long end of the wire.
3. Take your loop and put it behind your shell, then wrap the long end of the wire through the hole as many times as you want. I did mine three times on each side.
4. When you've finished wrapping through the hole, wrap the end a few times again around the loop, securing it. Cut the excess wire and attach a jump ring and you're finished!

Seaglass Pendant
1. Make the same wrapped loop around a piece of wire.
2. Put the loop and the wire behind the glass.
3. Wrap it in any direction you want. For the white glass, I did one vertical and two horizontal wraps. The last step is to wrap the end of the wire again around the loop and attaching a jump ring.
4. For the turquoise glass I just did two wraps since it was more of a triangle. You can wrap it as much as you want (or as little, as long as you do enough to make it secure). Then you can layer the pendants or wear them alone! (shown before I added the jump rings)

Attach a freshwater pearl to remind you even more of the ocean. These would also make great, inexpensive gifts for your friends...all you have to do is take some time to find the perfect pieces of glass or shell and take a few minutes to wrap them. An easy, quick and inexpensive gift that is heart-felt and special. I love that I'll always think of our anniversary trip to Mexico when I wear one of these pendants!


  1. LOVE it! Maybe someday I'll go to the beach again and find some great stuff for you to make into jewelry. :)

  2. So fun! Thanks for sharing, this even looks like something I can handle :)

  3. Wow! What a terrific idea! Such a pretty and wearable memento! Thanks for the tutorial!

  4. These are so gorgeous! Love the turquoise one especially. :)

  5. i love the little shell with the pearl! thanks for posting, i'll have to try this :)


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