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?”


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