Shells from Sanibel Island

By Janet Edkins

Bead weaving jewelry artist channelling the healing power of Gaia's crystal & stone gifts.
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September 16, 2015

WOW is all I can say. A friend brought along a box of shells she had collected on a recent trip. The box was full of every shape & size, all the way from massive pieces of abalone down to tiny, tiny periwinkle, cone and rose tellin. I picked out two pristine dosinia halves, creamy white and just glowing.

These two pieces were obvious to me as wedding jewelry and I proceeded with that in mind. What is obvious now is that just cos I thought ‘wedding’ doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. When you buy one of my pieces it is whatever you want it to be, any idea I had is just a thought in my head and of no value at the end of the day. The real value comes from your imagination and for me, from the self worth you experience feeling amazing wearing what you love.

Capturing shells with seed beads turns out to be a tricky business, and somewhat organic, which is great when working with something as natural as a shell. However, there are challenges posed by weird shapes and tension, as well as aesthetics. I hope you can tell from the pics that I succeeded rather well, even if I do say so myself!

GoldBandEarringsCashmereEarringsThe earrings were a natural progression, the shape was a beautiful mimic for the shells – thank you to Linda’s Crafty Inspirations for the pattern.

Till next time. Enjoy the process. J

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