Seashell Earrings

by Daphne Liatou.
Seashell Earrings by Daphne Liatou  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Wanting to create a jewel with a summer theme, I decided to make shell earrings. I followed these steps:

  1. On a copper sheet I designed the shape of the shell with the help of a real shell and then cut it with the scissors.
  2. Using a thick needle and hammer, I made the hole in which I would pass the jump ring and the hook.
  3. With steel wool I rubbed the copper around so that it is not sharp.
  4. With the tools of copper I created the dents to look like a shell.
  5. I oxidized copper to the flame of the candle and finally painted it with acrylic paints.

I hope you like it!

Daphne Liatou
Daphnofila Art Jewelry
Daphnofila on Etsh

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  • These are awesome, Daphne! Before reading your writeup, I thought the earrings were actual shells, because they’re so life-like, especially displayed with the genuine seashells. And the flame oxidizing + paints create wonderful colors.

  • Susan says:

    Me too, I thought they were real! Nice job!

  • Mary Anne says:

    Lovely and quite innovative! Nice idea and they would feel lighter in weight then the real shells.

  • Cecilia says:

    Wow! These are amazingly realistic. What kind of “tools of copper” did you use to create the dents? Thank you for sharing.

  • Jean says:

    Great work!!
    They truly look realistic, and are beautiful.

  • Deborah Rodriguez says:

    These are so realistic and skillfully done. Have you done other nature themed pieces, such as leaves, in copper ?

  • Fatu Wesley says:


  • Debra Lowe says:

    These are great, an a lot lighter than real sea shells would be…beautiful work and a great idea~

  • Lyone says:

    Thank you for sharing your process with the rest of us. These are beautiful!

  • Barbara says:

    Beautiful. Wonderfully clever process. So realistic looking too. Great job! Thanks for sharing.

  • Rena, Suzan, Mary Anne, Cecilia, Jean, Deborah, Fatu, Debra, Lyone, Barbara I would like to thank you for your beautiful comments!
    Cecilia thank you for the question. I use the engraving tools for copper to shape the designs in my jewelery.
    Deborah thank you for the question, too. I have made quite a few jewels with themes from nature, such as leaves, flowers and geometric shapes.
    I send you my greetings from beautiful Greece!
    Daphne Liatou

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