Did you know that Sea Urchin Spines can SPELL?

I do hope that “pictures are worth a thousand words” because otherwise, this would be a VERY long blog post. For years, the number one question that I get asked is “how long does it take to create these keepsakes?” Well, the answer differs from time to time because I like to engage in conversation with those I meet and I don’t want to tell the same story twice. Just like each of my individual pieces of art, they all tell a different story about where they came from, how they came to be and just how much love and attention I devoted to each one. So my friend, to answer your question, it took two very steady hands,  about two cases of scotch and PATIENCE to finish this one!

Here is a mini journey via photos of just how tiny my world seems sometimes, yet the output pails in comparison and the reward is GRANDIOSE.

So again I ask, “Did you know that sea urchin spines can spell?”

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT SHELL ART !

While sitting in my tent at the 2011 Sanibel Shell Show, showcasing some of my latest creations and answering questions from those that stopped by,  the unexpected happened! A man standing in the crowd was looking over the three little girls I had finished that were on display, he looked at me an said “Did you create these three girls?”   I said, “yes” and explained that I had fashioned them out of Urchin Spines, Bubble, Cockle and Tusk Shells. So here it comes, “You know you will have to make a Lawyer Doll, a Judge Doll and a Sea Shell Court Room!”  I asked, “why is that?”  He responded “Child Support”. I didn’t ask if he was a Lawyer!

Beach Grass

To my friends in Shell Art.  In my current project a shadow box beach scene, I needed beach grass.   It took a few tries with different materials, but as you can see, so far rope works well.  Looks like 12 inches of rope will last me a life time. lol

1800`s Sailors Valentine Restoration

I just completed a restoration of an 1800`s Sailors Valentine for Four Winds Craft Guild of Nantucket.  It`s one of the better ones in style and color from that era.   The case and types of shells used are indigenous to the West Indies ( Barbados ) and leads me to believe it was created in the later part of the 1800`s.   Interesting enough, flipping through the pages of a book by John Fondas, I found a double case valentine on page 72 with the same center section dated 1875.   In this restoration I found no evidence that it came from the Curiosity Shop in Barbados but I am of the opinion that it could have.  For interest on price an availability, contact Four Winds Craft Guild at   http://www.sylviaantiques.com/fourwinds/default.aspx   Thank you for your interest in Shell Art ; Bill Jordan