shell necklace metal tray

Over spring break I got to take my daughter on a college visit to Savannah. While we were there we got to go to the beach. It had been almost five years since I’d touched the ocean. That’s a really long time for this girl who grew up just a couple of hours away from the beach and was able to go for day trips pretty much as needed. We got to play in the waves, and my sweet girl didn’t even mind that it was spring break and she was there with her mom! There is something about the ocean (and all bodies of water, really) that makes me feel like everything is okay in the world. Once my feet touched the salty goodness, the heaviness of the world disappeared and a sense of calm came over me. I love that feeling! So, to remind myself of that feeling, I decided to make a necklace from a shell that we collected from the beach. I used the trays that I bought from this Etsy shop, a shell, and DG3 Art Gel.

shells and tray

To start, I put a few drops of DG3 Art Gel into the shell, spread it around the entire inside of the shell, and let it dry for a couple of hours.

art gel into shell

inside shell

Next, I put a few drops of the Art Gel into the tray, and used the end of a paper clip to make sure it got into all the corners.

DG3 into tray

Then I put the shell into the tray, right on top of the wet DG3 Art Gel. (Before I started this I checked to be sure the shell would fit properly in the tray.) Once the shell was resting in the tray, I added more Art Gel to the top of the shell and used the end of my paper clip to be sure the entire shell was covered.

put shell into tray

Then I let it dry overnight. I rested the tray on the edge of my light table, so that the loop was hanging off the edge and the tray was laying completely flat. In the morning, there were some spots on the corners where the DG3 shrunk or was slurped under the shell. I added more DG3 to the corners and a little more to the top of the shell and let it dry for a few more hours.

dry shell

Here’s how it looks:

shell necklace yay

I think it will make me smile to wear this necklace and remind me that everything is okay in the world.

shell necklace metal tray

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16 Responses to Shell Necklace Tutorial

  1. Marieke says:

    I just came over from the blog of Mandy “Sugar Bee” because I tottaly love this DIY. I’m a beach girl so I love the shell-idea. It’s also for me the first time on your blog but certainly not the last.

    Have a nice day!

    Marieke from the Netherlands

  2. Janet says:

    What a great idea!!! I have some shells from my Florida trip 1 1/2 years ago that I could do something like this. I am so in love with shells now. Thanks for sharing this!!

  3. This looks brilliant, it caught my eye on the bringing beauty linky.

  4. Um, yes, I’ll take 5 of those please. They’re so pretty! :)

  5. Kate says:

    Love the idea of this wearable souvenir! I have never heard of your art gel…sounds like it made the shell stick and shiny. Pretty neat stuff!

  6. Four Sisters says:

    You are so talented – this is beautiful!

    Thanks for linking up at Beautify It Monday! We were thrilled to have such a great turn out for out first party! Features will go up on Saturday and we hope to see you back again on Monday for week 2!

  7. Sarah says:

    This will be a great summer project! I love anything beach related!

    I would love for you to share this at my Flaunt It Friday link party. There are also TWO amazing giveaways this week! It closes Sunday at midnight.

    Looking forward to more posts,

  8. Briana says:

    Lovely! I think this project turned out gorgeous. You’ve totally inspired me! Thanks for the tutorial!

  9. So cute! What a great way to make a shell necklace without needing a hole in the shell. Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from DIY Home Sweet Home.

  10. I absolutely love this! I’d love for you to share it in our link party!

    ~Natalie @ Crafty Cousins

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