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A unique handmade necklace featuring a natural sea urchin shell. In this necklace I combined beadwork with a touch of soutache to frame a wonderful sea urchin shell. A chunky sea glass fringe and thick braided leather cord complete this original piece.
The beautiful, clear blue sea that surrounds the Maltese Islands is not only a great source of inspiration, it is also occasionally a source of my materials.
Sea urchin shells make wonderful focal features in jewellery and accessories. I collect only sea urchin shells and never live sea urchins. The shells are extremely fragile and must be washed very carefully and strengthened before they can be used.
Sea urchin shells, washed.
After washing the shells I check them and put aside those with visible defects. The good ones make it to the the next step: strengthening. This is when I I fill them and apply several coats of non-yellowing varnish.
Sea urchin shells, filling and varnishing.
Now the fun begins, deciding what I’m going to do with them!