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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Gems of the Sea Bracelet & Earrings - Connie Crystal Blog Hop with Designer Craft Connection

Designer Craft Connection members are participating in a Connie Crystal Blog Hop this month.   Be sure to follow the link in the column on the right to see what the other designers have created with their fun shipment of Connie Crystal BLING!   

Here’s a peek at what I received.  I’ve got lots of other projects in my head already for the elements I didn’t use for the project - so stay tuned!

The assorted shimmering shades of Connie Crystal pearls are a perfect complement for Makin’s Clay® seashells made with blended clays and dusted with Iridescent powders.  Together they make a beautiful set of jewelry celebrating the “Gems of the Sea” to accent your summer wardrobe.


Connie Crystal Pearls in assorted colors & sizes - Pearls on this project taken from assorted Connie Crystal Suncatchers

Makin’s Clay® - White, Earth Tones
                        - Seashell Push Mold 
Earth Safe Finishes Iridescent Powders by Ann Butler Designs 
Toothpick, fine paintbrush 
Jewelry pliers
Jewelry wire, eye pins, closure, earring wires 


To make seashells, mix small amount of white Makin’s Clay® with small amount of Light Adobe from Earth Tones to create marbled clay (do not mix completely).  Mix small amount of white clay with Peach from Earth Tones to create marbled clay (do not mix completely). 

Use marbled clay to create assorted seashells with Seashell push mold.  (I made 2 of the smallest shells for the earrings and several of the medium sized shells).

Carefully insert toothpick through each seashell to create bead.  

Apply Iridescent powders to seashells.   Let clay dry 24 hours. 

Remove assorted pearls from Connie Crystal Suncatchers.   

String assorted pearls intermixed with clay seashells to create bracelet.  Add closure.  

Add eye pin to desired pearls.  Approximately 3/8” below pearl, bend wire and add clay shell. 

Bring end of wire upward, coil around base of pearl and cut excess after coiling. 
Add earring wires.

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