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Picture of Green Sea Turtle Necklace

Last Christmas I wanted to make some earrings for my sister and since she loves turtles I decided that's what they should be. When I went the craft store to get earring making stuff, I spotted these sparkly, round, kind of dome shaped slider beads and thought they would make perfect shells for the turtle earrings. They ended coming out beautiful so later I decided to try again with different beads and ended up with more perfect turtles.

Here are my instructions on how to make these turtles. Depending the size of the bead they can be made into earrings, necklaces, or what ever you want them to be. The turtles can also be made into land, freshwater, or sea turtles by changing the shape of the legs and head. Here I am making a sea turtle.

Step 1: Choosing the Shell

Picture of Choosing the Shell

The first thing you need to do is choose a shell for your turtle. What you want your turtle to be will determine the shape and size of the slider bead. Choose smaller beads for earrings and larger ones for a necklace or pendant. oval and tear drop shaped work better for water turtles and more circular ones are better for land turtles. Try to choose beads that are domed or slightly domed unless you want to make soft shelled turtles or pancake tortoises.

The most important thing is to make sure the slider bead you choose has a textured bottom. This helps make sure it securely glues to the turtle.

offseidjr2 months ago
Looks simple and beautiful!
Such a clever combination of clay and jewelry pieces :)
TikiCrafter (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 months ago
Thanks! :D