Last week, I was able to attend my 40th class reunion in Florida. Wow! 40 years! Anyway.....
While I was on this short visit, my mom and I went to the beach. This is something I always do when I go home to Florida. I love walking up and down the coastline, looking at the birds, picking up shells enjoying the sound of the waves crashing on the shore line.
Not long ago, this area of Florida was hit by hurricane Irma. I figured there would be all kinds of debris washed up on shore. There was a lot of seaweed, but not anymore shells than normal.
Usually, when people comb the beach for shells, they like to get the ones that are not broken. For me, this was not the case. I wanted to get some broken shells. I'm sure you wonder why in the world would I want the broken ones....well....
Here is a broken piece of shell....
...and this is what I did with it!
Sorry for the poor photography. I was wrapping my shells in the car on the way home. Thirteen plus hours, a girl has got to do something other than just sitting there.... :)
So, after I wire wrap these beautiful pieces from nature, I make them into jewelry.
Sometimes, I will drop them onto a beaded piece like this one. This one has moonstone, pink shell chips, crystals, rose quartz, fresh water pearls, and glass beads. Most of my pieces are one of a kind. I do have a similar piece in my shop...
Sometimes, I just drop it onto a black adjustable hemp cord, like I did this one. This one is actually listed on my Etsy shop....This one would be perfect for the guys or gals on your gift giving list!
One thing to remember about your jewelry....ANY jewelry, even your expensive 18K gold fine jewelry. You must never wear it to the beach or pool. The chlorine and salt water can be very bad for any of your jewelry. Also, make sure your jewelry is the last thing you put on in the morning, and the first thing you take off at night, as soaps, lotions, and hair products are also not good for your jewelry.
If you are in the market for some pretty pieces from Mother Nature or from recycled materials like guitar strings, hop on over to my TappingflamingoBling Etsy Shop! :)
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Hope you all have a wonderful day!!!!!