Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Toenail Shell Pendant

In Nantucket and on the shores of the east coast, the collectors of toenail shells are many.  The usual way to display them in a big glass jar that showcases the color variations.  The colors they come in are sublime- from a pearlescent white to a vintage peach, and even gorgeous steel grays and toenail yellow (which is how they got their name I suppose).  This necklace is a good way to wear or two simply and elegantly and comfortably.  It makes a great gift or souvenir for someone too and can be made with only a few supplies. 

This is a doubled shell.  A couple dabs of clear epoxy helps  keep everything in place.
My collection from the shores of Nantucket.
1.  Take a head pin and a bead and run it through a naturally occurring hole in the shell.  If there isn't one, you can make one with a pin or pin tool.
2.  Make a loop, then wire wrap the tail three times around the pin.  Cut excess.  Use a toothpick to add a dab of epoxy behind the pearl to keep in place.

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