I do not live right by the seashore. I live about 14 miles from a few great beaches. The beach is starting to play a bigger part in what I create and what I wear. I do not yet sell on the beach, but it is a lovely dream I have of walking the beaches in some foreign country selling jewelry to tourists. I may or may not have dreadlocks when I do that.
I previously had these beads below in a minty green color.
I liked the minty green ones so much, I bought more of the fun shell beads in a strawberry or coral red and a sky blue. Thanks to Fire Mountain Gems for their great sales.
I had used the minty green ones in a fun piece with brass and gold accents (see at the end of this post). I thought the red beads deserved a sharper color contrast.
When I went north in April, my sister gifted me with these red jasper beads. At least I believe they are a form of Jasper. Correct me if you know any better.
When I lay the Jasper beads against the shells and the gunmetal colored chain my ideas took off.
As usual, I needed a few more supporting characters. These beads were in my iffy pile for a while.
These tiny coral beads had been previously used on a red dangle bracelet that you can still find in my etsy store (link is also at the bottom). The center hole on these is incredibly tiny so it rare I find a use for them.
Then the labor intensive and mind stretching exercise of laying it all out. I did mimic a bit of the pattern from the minty seashell and brass necklace I finished a few weeks ago.
I was thrilled with the results. However, taking a successful picture has proven to be quite unsuccessful. We are experiencing the first Tropical storm of the season. Thanks to Tropical Storm Andrea in the Gulf of Mexico, there is no good light to be found or created in my house. I am quite unhappy with the final product pictures.
I will wait until the next sunny day and redo the pictures I have on etsy. In the meantime, check out either the green or red seashell necklace in my etsy store. Let me know what you think!
Click here for the Mint Brass Seashell necklace in my Etsy store.
Click here for the Gunmetal and Red Seashell necklace in my Etsy store.
Click here for the red dangling bracelet that also used some of the teeny tiny coral branch beads.