Seashell Jewelry making workshop

This workshop took place yesterday, Tuesday, July, 2, 2013 in the Adult Day Care center.

Is is my priceless experiment when I can to socialize with a big audience and share all my knowledges about seashells. All participants have a very important benefits:

  • Art Healing process touch for any age and bring positive emotions
  • Learning process to make seashell jewelry with own hands and educational time.
  • Stimulating brain functions with manual movements.

This project is about creating seashell pendant and connecting  this masterpiece to the chain. Participants will work with  3 different natural materials: shell, wood and leather.

Seashells, wood and leather are natural, very fragile materials.  Working in a group  bring positive emotions and develop social skills.

The goal of this workshop is combining a learning process about amazing seashell world with brain busting entertainment. People open for themselves the world of shelled animals mollusks as well as providing a challenging and stimulating art lesson. During the first 1.5 hours I had a chance to introduce some of the most unique natural materials in decorative art.

For example, people were very curious to know some facts about the popular, colorful Turkey wing shells:

Turkey Wing Shells

Scientific name: Arca zebra. Color is brown and white. They belong to the clam shell Family. Its name comes from its resemblance to the wing of the wild turkey.
The Turkey Wing is a bivalve found on beaches from North Carolina to the West Indies, along Bermuda’s shores, and in the Mediterranean area.

The mollusk attaches itself by its byssus (threadlike filaments) to rocks and other solid objects in shallow water.

During my workshop each of the participants made their own seashell pendant with metal chain and took it at home as a gift. This project may encourage people to go out and collect seashells and also create a beautiful simple jewelry artworks with their own designs.

Workshop step by step:

Each participant received their own materials to complete the project.

Individual prepared packages included:

1) wood cut pattern for pendant with the hole for the metal connector,
2) piece of the leather with the same size and shape as a wood base,

3) one half Turkey wing shell,
4) Multi purpose Elmer’s Glue,

5) Metal chain,

6) Metal connector for pendant

7) Napkins.

Step 1

Open the individual package and put wood cut pattern, piece of leather, one half of Turkey wing shell, chain and glue with napkins on your work place.

Step 2

Put small amounts of glue and spread it on the wood pattern. Glue piece of leather on it. Do not touch and leave it for the necessary time to dry.

Step 3

Spread a little amount glue on the back side of the Turkey shell along it edge and press it on the center place of your leather covered pendant. Leave the pendant to dry for several minutes.

Step 4

Put in the pendant hole the metal connector for chain.
Step 5

Take the chain and put the pendant on it.

Each participant was happy with his beautiful gift and put it on the neck.

After this workshop I had time to present my own new shell mosaics and figurines, tell the audience about seashell shows. Also I had the chance to answer on many questions and give a sneak peek of my personal mosaic making process.
Both of the workshops had a great success. People who didn’t have a chance to participate in workshops because of limited spaces availability were able to enjoy their time by watching the exhibition with mosaics and listen to my stories about the nautical world and shells. After the workshops were finished I received another invitation for new workshops. I feel happy and satisfied that people expressed great interest and enjoyed their participation in the workshop.





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