Happy Mango Beads is having another great contest - Trash to Treasure! They always come up with really fun themes. One of the categories is Compost Happens! – natural, organic, sustainable. Part of our wild cross-country end-of-summer vacation was an afternoon at the beach in southern Virginia.

Between taking lots of pictures of my favorite people, I picked up anything on the beach that seemed interesting, and ended up with a nice collection of shells.  I brought them home, soaked them in bleach and water to clean them, and then sprayed them with a sealer.  The sealer brought out the rich oranges in the shell I picked out as a starting point, and the ocean had already made a nice hole for me to add a bail without resorting to glue or a drill.  Copper wire and suede cord picked up the warm colors in the shell, and I finished it off with two stones my bead bud Jen gave me when we swapped a bit of this and that after Bead Fest Wire Philly in April.  Garnet maybe? 

Happy Mango posts the pictures regularly on their Facebook page - so check there often!

One Comment

  1. Great idea, the orange color of the shell and the copper bail works well together. I would like to hear what you have to say of your experience with FB, and for your comments you might win a necklace. So stop by my blog sometime and please share your thoughts. Enjoy the weekend!


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