When I get them home, I first have to clean them which means flicking the sand out of the hole if there is a hole. If there is no hole they go in a pile of "need to drill" pukas. Then I sort them into size groups and also quality groups.
|Getting my toes in the sand.|
|It takes years for a puka shell to become what it is. |
Puka is a hawaiian word for hole.
|This small amount of treasures probably took weeks to find.|
|My newest design has a beautiful smooth brown striped |
cone shell in the center
|A tapered necklace with larger shells in the center|
to smaller ones in the back.
|Natural shells and purchased pearls or recycled findings |
like the piece of coral, is from an old necklace
found at a yard sale.
|Beach glass is also a favorite thing to use in my jewelry. |
What people discard in the ocean often washes up as my treasures.
It takes years for glass to become nice and polished from the surf.
|I use a picture that I took at the beach as my back drop for some of the shots.|
|And it will look something like this.|