She Resins Seashells Down By the Seashore…

The past few years my family has taken trips each summer to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with our two little kids. Each year I choose one of our Fusion Beads techniques to focus on and perfect while our youngest, Marina, is napping. This past summer I brought ICE Resin and just went crazy. Innocently collecting shells became a resin project obsession. (Please sleep a little bit longer Marina!). I started by filling a bezel pendant with dry sand and resin on top (check out the technique here). It was cool, but the sand turned dark. So, next I collaged tiny shells and bits of shells in the bezel pendant. Then I covered the shells with a layer of resin just thick enough to not run down the sides. It worked so well that I was off and running making shell pendants for everyone on our trip. I even found a sharks tooth and used that in one of my creations. One hint, I did wash and dry all the shells I was using. Let’s see, what else can I collage in here….

Check out the complete instructions in our Inspiration gallery to create the Myrtle Beach necklace!

– Mari

8 comments to She Resins Seashells Down By the Seashore…

  • Vickie

    This is totally inspiring! Perhaps you could give me some tips. I found a beautiful blue butterfly in my front yard. Unfortunately it was dead. I saved it and would love to put it in resin and preserve its beauty forever. Do you know how I would go about this? Thank you

  • ChristyH

    I made my first resin project last week. Quite fun. Where does one get tiny sea shell like those?


    I found these seashells on the beach, but you can also use the shaped shell beads that we sell, which are drilled with small holes.


    If there is any moisture in the butterfly, it will rot over time in the resin, so you first have to be certain that the butterfly has dried out. Normally, you can use a dehydrator or a bowl of rice to aid in drying something out, but you will have to be very careful due to the fragility of the butterfly. You may have to let the butterfly air-dry for quite a few months before you can preserve it in resin. Once it is dry, you will have more success with placing the butterfly in a collage pendant or bezel, then pouring resin over it. If you use a resin mold, the wings of the butterfly will be susceptible to disintegrating when you press the butterfly into the mold. It’s a risky project, but it will be beautiful if you can pull it off! Good luck Vickie!

  • Tammy

    If you get that butterfly set, please show us. I think it could be wonderful.

  • Carmela

    I went to Myrtle Beach last year and loved it! I brought back so many shells for souvenirs and now I have the perfect way to display them. Thank You for the idea!

  • Deb Donnelly

    We go to Bethany Beach, DE about twice a year, and I’m always looking for beach treasures. I found a lot of tiny shells and stones when were there a few weeks ago, and have been making pendants with them. For one of them, I used blue and green alcohol dye to color the top part of a rectangular bezel, then added some sand, two small shells and a small pink stone in the lower area. I then added resin, and was pleased with how it came out (looks like the beach leading to the beautiful blue ocean!). This really is a lot of fun!

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