When people here of shells, they generally refer to food, or a toothpaste commercial. That shells are generally there for sole purpose of sustenance and nourishment and nothing more.
But what do most people don't know is that shells are have been a big part of the human interaction be it evolution. Shells have been used as currency for barter, it is proven fact that a chicken cost about 3 cowry shells in time of our forefathers.
Some of the brightest minds of the century have long sought after the shells for inspiration. A great technological marvel, the submarine was based from the nautilous shell.
One aspect of shells that has stick to until this modern age is that shells have always been a part of being important and feeling important. Shells have alway been a part of looking and feeling good.
In this page, we will discuss the steps and the main process into making a shell handicraft.
As with any other process, we start with a beginning. The first step naturally is acquiring the raw material which is the raw, unprocessed shell. If you don't know how to get one, just go to the docks of you favorite wet market. You probably buy from the owner the leftover shells.
With the raw material already on hand, it is important that we clean it not only for the purpose of looking good, but also for sanitary purpose. Rotten shells really has a nasty smell and can really upset the weakest of stomachs. Make sure you wash the sea grass, and make sure that there are no remains inside, especially troca shells where the hole is quite deep. The best way to clean it is using a strong acid, but handle with care, acids are extremely dangerous. Handle with the proper handling equipment in hand. Soak it for a couple of hours in acid and dry. After drying, make sure that it is properly cleaned. The sure fire way to do this is by smelling the shells up close one at a time. If there is a hint of smell, do the whole cleaning process again.
With the shell already cleaned, it is now ready for processing.
Since normally, as you see the fashion jewelries, most pieces are cut/molded out to form intricate patterns. Cutting and shaping the shells are the hardest part in the whole process. Shells are quite difficult to work with as they are brittle and easily breaks. You will need very stead hands and a lot of patience to cut the pieces according to how you like them. One technique in cutting is to just cut the pieces into larger pieces than what is needed. This way there is much larger lee way for you if you ever mistakenly cut out of the pattern. Then after, just slowly, and precisely cut the larger pieces into the required piece. It is good that you'll have a motorized motor that is placed stationary. Now the hard work is done.
The next step is to polish the pieces into a nice shine. This process has to be done with great care. This is the close to the finishing touches and the shells need to look good as catch attention, and assuming that you are reading this, then what your after is to probably to sell or give it to someone special. Use the finest of polish to ensure a very shine result. A great tip is to use polish, then water every few seconds. This process help smoothen out the surface. Using paint shine is also great.
With the important processing done, it is now time to piece together the ingredients that will compose your masterpiece. Nylon strings are great for necklace, and paired with barrel or other locks, looks very fashionable. You get these at your local hardware, and or favorite fashion jewelries shop.
And there you have it your very first handicraft made from shell. Congratulations.