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« on: January 20, 2008 12:10:55 AM »

I collected a bunch of washed up crab parts on the beach this summer, and am just finally getting around to doing something with them.

I had envisioned a sort of coral and seaglass scheme for the beads to accompany the claw, but when I got to the bead store I found that their coral was all more vibrantly pinkish that I was really looking for.  I wanted something to compliment the muted orange on the underside of the claw, and found that actually some dyed howlite beads made a better match.  The faceted ovals on each side are the only actual coral beads in the necklace.

I have three more claws, and I'm considering whether I should make another necklace like this one with earrings to match, or if I should make something else for myself.

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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2008 01:07:17 PM »

that is an awesome necklace!! good choice not to go with the pink coral beads. i love owning things as unique as that. great job on it!
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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2008 12:53:08 PM »

I love this! Over the Summer I picked up a few crab claws also and decided to soak them in bleach for a couple hours to kill germs and well... they kinda deteriated.  Cry

I have 2 questions for you. Did you clean they claw with anything? How did you make the hole to thread it on the necklace?
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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2008 01:14:11 PM »

Thanks for the compliments guys Smiley

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No.  One of the really cool things about this beach was that everything on it was totally dried out and scoured.  I got about 10 perfect sand dollars as well, that were clean and dry with nothing on or in them.  I *think* it's because it was a really broad beach on an exposed point and the stuff had washed up high a while ago, so it had been bleaching in the sun and dried by the wind and picked at by animals until it was clean.  I did use a q-tip to swab some sand out from inside the claw, but that was just for looks.

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How did you make the hole to thread it on the necklace?

I used a tiny burr bit on a dremel at high speed.  I just went at it gently and it made a hole like a dream.  Perfect and smooth with no chips.
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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2008 01:22:09 PM »

Great! Thanks for the tips!
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2008 02:58:57 PM »

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