DIY Jewelry Tutorial: How to Make Seashell Earrings
We go to the beach almost every year, and every time we come home I have a bag of shells that I lovingly collected on my daily walks along the ocean.
I bring home large ones, small ones, broken ones, and ones that inevitably get tossed in the garden. On a credenza in our dining room is a huge bowl of shells that I have been staring at for a long time. I finally realized that I needed to do something with some of them, so I decided to make these earrings.
They have turned out better than I expected, and I find myself wearing them often, especially this year, because we didn't make it to the beach.
They are fun and flirty, and friends like them so much that they have asked me to make pairs for them.
So dig out those shells you have in a box in your storage room, and give this project a try. I bet you'll love them as much as I do.
Here's What You'll Need
Choose two seashells that are similar in shape, color, and size. I used scallop shells because they are lightweight and thinner than others. They also come in so many incredible colors and patterns.
If you don't have your own seashells, you can buy them online. The hooks I used were from Amazon, and I have a lot left over to make earrings for all those friends of mine who wanted a pair. like these
2 Seashells, I used scallop shells
Choose ones that aren't too heavy or thick.
8 - 6mm Jump rings
I used silver tone, but any color will work.
2 Fish hook earring fixtures
Drill with a 1/16" bit
2 Small beads
I used glass ones, but any type can be used.
Round and needle nose pliers
Step 1: Drilling Holes
To drill the holes, I used a 2 inch thick old and worn wooden cutting board to cover my surface. This is important, because it's easy to drill right through the shell and onto the surface. Drill slowly.
Note: Use extreme care when drilling and wear protective eyewear. Follow the instructions on the drill. Children should not do this step.
- Using a pen or marker, find the center top of the shell and mark it. Repeat on the second shell, trying to make them as equal as possible.
- Carefully drill the holes, starting from the inside of the shell.
Step 2: Adding Links to the Beads
- Add one jump ring to the bead.
- Add a second jump ring to the first one.
I used glass beads, so I took extra care not to accidentally squeeze and break them. Also, make sure the bead isn't too big for the jump ring. If you want to use a larger bead, then increase the size of the jump rings you use.
Step 3: Adding Rings to the Shell
- Add one jump ring to the shell.
- Add the second jump ring to the first one already in the shell.
Step 4: Adding the Hook to the Shell
Add the fish hook earring fixture to the last jump ring added.
Step 5: Adding the Bead to the Shell
Add the bead to the inside of the shell by linking the jump ring that is attached to the shell with the one that was added to the bead.
The Finished Product
Make sure all the jump rings are closed completely.
There you have it, a gorgeous pair of earrings that will always remind you have a great beach holiday!
Shells That Would Be Good For These Earrings
You don't want to use shells that are too heavy or thick for this jewelry. You also don't want ones that are too large or long.
In my opinion, scallop shells work best, but here are some others that would work too.
Before drilling a hole in the shells you choose, do a little research and make sure your choice isn't a rare one that you wouldn't want to damage.
The nice thing about the scallop shells is that they are found everywhere on the beach we go to.
Of course, every beach has different shells, so if you can't find the ones you want, or if you don't live anywhere near a beach, you can always order some.
© 2018 Claudia Mitchell