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Ask Martha: Can I Make Jewelry Out of Seashells?

Photography by: Bryan Gardner
Tie knots between evenly spaced shells for a delicate bracelet. Drill near the shell’s edge if you’re using jump-ring fasteners.

Wearing beach finds as jewelry gives you custom accessories reminiscent of summer. To make a pendant, choose a good-size shell, like the mussel shown, left; drill a hole in it with a craft drill (see the how-to). Then, with pliers, attach a jump ring (available at crafts stores), and thread it with a strand of bead cord. If you have a bunch of tiny shells, drill a hole in each and string multiples onto one cord. We like pastel bead cord for a subtle look, and brighter colors for contrast.