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Inexpensive versions of $4,000+ earrings!
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 1stdibs.com. 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.

Posted by Kirsten Nunez from New York, New York, United States • Published See Kirsten Nunez's 17 projects »
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  • How to make a pair of shell earrings. Painted Shell Earrings - Step 1
    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

  • How to make a pair of shell earrings. Painted Shell Earrings - Step 2
    Step 2

    Supplies continued:

    - Acrylic paint of your choice. I mixed neon pink & orange (& later some white)
    - Metallic acrylic paint (that matches your charms)

  • How to make a pair of shell earrings. Painted Shell Earrings - Step 3
    Step 3

    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.

  • How to make a pair of shell earrings. Painted Shell Earrings - Step 4
    Step 4

    1) Mix up your paint, if needed.

  • How to make a pair of shell earrings. Painted Shell Earrings - Step 5
    Step 5

    2) Paint the shells, and let dry.

  • How to make a pair of shell earrings. Painted Shell Earrings - Step 6
    Step 6

    3) 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.

  • How to make a pair of shell earrings. Painted Shell Earrings - Step 7
    Step 7

    4) Glue the pieces onto shells.

  • How to make a pair of shell earrings. Painted Shell Earrings - Step 8
    Step 8

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

  • How to make a pair of shell earrings. Painted Shell Earrings - Step 9
    Step 9

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

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blurrymind
blurrymind · Alameda, California, US · 32 projects
studs and pearls!
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