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.|