Topics: Shell, Jewelry
What product or process would I utilize to 'strengthen' seashells I've collected so that they can be used as pendants?
Seashells by nature are a porous fragile material. Depending on the shell, you can fill the underside of a shell or create a decorative backing using Kato Polyclay™ or 2-part Apoxie® Sculpt.
A sealer can also be applied to help protect and create a glossy finish on the surface of the shell.
If using Kato Polyclay, apply a layer of Poly Bonder™ then a layer of the clay. Bake the clay and the shell together following manufacturer's recommended temperatures.
If using Apoxie sculpt, blend the two parts following manufacturer's directions then apply to the shell. Let cure overnight before wearing your new shell pendant.
- Maura Buckner, Jewelry-Making Expert
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