Painted Shell Earrings




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Nothing says summer like seashells, especially in a bright shade of coral. These earrings are handmade versions of the "SHREVE,CRUMP & LOW Estate Collection Coral Shell Clip Earrings", found on Super cute, but also $4,250. Obviously the 14K gold might have something to do with it, but I could personally care less about that part. I made my own version for about .00000362% (or so) of the original price.

Step 1: Supplies


- 2 seashells, from the beach or the store. I got mine at M&J Trimming in NYC.
- 2 gold charms
- Jewelry pliers
- Wire cutters (if your pliers don't have them)
- E6000/super glue
- Pair of earring posts and backings
- Paintbrush
- Acrylic paint of your choice. I mixed neon pink & orange (& later some white)
- Metallic acrylic paint (that matches your charms)

Step 2: Charms

I got these little guys at Beads on Fifth in NYC. Any kind of marine life charms would be perfect for this; seahorses, starfish, boats, or even more seashells.

Step 3: Paint

1) Paint the shells whatever color you'd like, and let dry.

Step 4: Cut

2) Twist the loops off of the charms with the pliers. Use the wire cutters - or the wire cutter part if your pliers have it - to even out the metal.

Step 5: Glue

3) Glue the pieces onto shells.

Step 6: Accent

4) Accent with some metallic paint, if you'd like; I used gold. Let dry.

Step 7: Glue

5) Glue the earring posts to the back of the shells, and let dry overnight.

Step 8: Finished Product

Mine kind of look like strawberries! I'm loving the summer-y coral color



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    4 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    These are adorable!

    The Pacific Ocean is right out my front door... and I can hear the seashells calling my name. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

    5 Stars and one of my votes!

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Darn! I thought these earrings might be in the Adhesive Challenge, but this was published too early. ;-(


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Too cool! I just bought about 6 bags of seashells from the dollar store, I have approximately a full 4L ice cream bucket full. Perfect idea, hoping off the computer to make some funky painted earrings :D


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I really do love them...
    maybe they are nice too, when you use them as hair-accesories.