DIY: Sea Shell Wire Earrings

Lately I have tried my hands on shells and corals, my friend Erika is a very creative artist an makes beautiful beach luminaries out of sea treasuries, you can see some of her work, here. One day she asked me to make her a pair of shell earrings, she provided me the shells and I made her this super cute Shell earring. Since I love DIY’s I thought my readers may love this one too?! Hope you do, let’s get started!!!

What you’ll need:

  • Shells
  • 2x 5″ inches of 18-20 Gauge silver wire
  • Jeweler’s pin vise fits
  • 2 ear wire

1. drill a hole into your shell, carefully and without pressure!

2. slide one shell to the middle of your 18 or 20 gauge wire

3. bent your wire at the center, this is easily done with two fingers.

4. leave about 0.5″ inches on each end, you will need this part of the wire next!

5. fold one end back down (see image)

6. use your pliers to create a loop on the other end of the wire

7. one end needs to point to your left, and the one with the loop should point toward you

8. grab your loop with a nose pinch pliers, and bent its end toward you

9. bent the other end around the wire as shown in the image

10. finished wire loop

Enjoy your new earring, I bet Erika will!

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  1. Oh ja, I am so lucky. In person they look even better I worn them and getting compliments, what I love about them there simple and still elegant they will be one of my favorites. Thank you Betty.

  2. That’s a very cute idea I actually had similar ideas o that but I don’t know how what to buy to dip a small seashell in to make it strong enough to handle a small drill. Do you know what I would use?

    1. Hi Heather, If you like doing things the old way then you may want to shellac shells like sand dollars. Another method is to mix Elmer’s white glue with equal portions of water. Cover the sand dollar with this mixture and let dry.

      Hope this helps you?

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  5. Hello,

    I am attempting to make seashell earrings but cannot pierce any shells with a drill. I am using very small shells and have tried everything including soaking them, but they are too hard to pierce in under an hour of drilling. Do you have any idea why this is happening and why I seem to be the only person whose shells are too strong?

    Thank you very much!

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