Recently me and a friend were talking about shells. She was telling me about a Conch shell that her brother got for her when he went to the ocean. She told me it was really big and she loved it. Had it since the '70's and a few months back her Sons girlfriends son broke it. She was heart broken.
Her story reminded me of when my parents and I moved to Florida, (it was supposed to be a forever move that only lasted 3 months!). I was 9 years old and not really into boys yet; so when this boy gave me a big conch shell that he found in a drainage ditch in hopes of getting a kiss, I punched him in the stomach and took the shell anyways LOL. I had it up until I moved out of the house and I lost it after that. LOL I miss that shell.
Recently, I subscribed to a "bot" called Bobcat in a Box. With this you can subscribe for any amount of money that you want, starting at $30 a month. The bot then goes onto Ebay and tries to buy things within your search parameters, for the amount you designate. Giving you packages almost everyday. I had a $30 subscription with the tags, crafts, beads, nail art (for my daughter) and Magic the Gathering (for my son). One of the first things I got from the bot was 2 shells! They are both so beautiful. Well worth the .85 that it cost to get them. If you want more info on the Bot (I am not affiliated with the bot at all, just a fan), follow the link.
But back to EIM, I decided to make an iconic shell. I say iconic because when I think of shells this is my first thought. Prolly for most people as well. Also, I don't know the name of this type of shell, LOL. I used 3 colors of delicas, I like the look of it & hope that you do as well.
Now, I am also excited because I am 99% done with my daughters surprise amulet bag. She still has no idea about it. That is also the exciting and nerve wracking thing. The other day I had a dream that I was sitting at the kitchen table looking on my computer and I had the amulet bag laying on top of my computer, and my daughter saw it and asked about it. I know, I know that is impossible and weird, but so are most dreams, right. Well I woke up and ran to the kitchen to check and make sure it was hidden from her. It was, so all is good.
Anyways, I am excited that the bag is all done except for the clasp. I did not have one that went with the bag so I ordered a vermeil silver "S" clasp. I think it will go well with the theme of the bag. Without further ado here it is.
For those who have not seen this in pieces in an earlier post the first picture is one side of the the amulet, it has the Eye of Ra and the Eye of Horus on it. The backside is the 2nd picture and it has the bust of King Tut on it, also known as his death mask.
I used 7 colors of delicas, one of which was DB34 the 24K gold plated beads. The fringe also has Rizo beads, and 3mm green jade and 4mm yellow jade beads. The necklace is made with 2 inch herringbone sections with turquoise disks and round faceted red agate beads connecting them.
I am so in love with this and I can not wait until May 8th to give it to her. My baby girl is growing up! I hope you like it as well.
That is all I have for you this week, have a blessed and creative week and don't forget to fly on over to EIM and check out all the other shells that the awesome artists have made.
Lastly, as a side note, please keep Nepal in your prayers. They sure need it right now.