June 26, 2013

Driftwood Jewelry

I love to take a walk on the beach. It’s relaxing, the salty air smells good and I never come home empty-handed. There are so many wonderful treasures that can be found in the sand, like beach glass, driftwood, sea shells, stones and others. I had some small pieces of driftwood for quite a while and recently, just out of the blue, got the idea to create some necklaces. For this one, I used a grinding bit on my multi power tool and sanded a dent to place a tiny shell in. The word “beach” was found in a book, the 24/7/165 is stamped directly onto the wood.

Driftwood Jewelry. Necklace "Beach" by Vintage with Laces
Driftwood Jewelry. Necklace "Beach" by Vintage with Laces
Driftwood Jewelry. Necklace "Beach" by Vintage with Laces
For the second necklace, I drilled a large hole and sanded it for a smooth finish. The shell is fixed with a piece of wire. I made the wooden beads from a little driftwood branch, cut into small pieces and sanded to achieve the desired shape.

Driftwood Jewelry. Necklace "Fish" by Vintage with Laces
Driftwood Jewelry. Necklace "Fish" by Vintage with Laces

After using it for these two necklaces, I’m more comfortable now, working with my multi power tool. There are so many different bits still to try and I’m looking forward to using them in the future.

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Denise said...

Pretty and very meaningful for those of us who love the beach.Sounds like fun to make too.Denise

Lululiz said...

Girl, you are amazing, what a fantastic idea, and those pieces turned out so beautifully. Gorgeous, really really gorgeous.

Anni - My Creative Life and Mixed Media Books said...
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My Creative House said...

Dear Julia your driftwood necklaces are so wonderful and so creatively made, a great way to use a piece from the sea/nature on, I love what you have made, hope you are doing well sweet friend.
Hugs Anni

Donna Heber said...

Hi Julia,

What a fantastic idea! Who would have ever thought to use driftwood material for jewelery making. I love the whole beach theme.

Jayne said...

They are so lovely Julia, what a great idea, it is so nice to be inspired by nature, I am lucky enough to live just five minutes away from the most incredible beach. I love to walk in the sand barefoot and paddle. I am sure all of your friends will love your new creations. Jaynex

Dorthe said...

Hallo meine liebe Julia ,- you have created wunderbares jewelery pieces!! they are amazing my dear friend....so lovely simple, from natures beauties...and simple elegant ,too---Oh lucky you, to be able to find those beautiful snails houses on the beach,too!!
Your idea is wunderbar,-and looks fantastic with the pearls and metal ,- such beautiful pieces sweetie.
Julia danke sehr, für deine geburtstag wünch, -ich bin froh ,dass du mit eine geschenk wartet!!!-, und dass wir einander so was sagen kann!! Ich will dir dieser woche schreiben meine liebe, nur ist alle so stressich here, ans moment, deshalb hast du von mir nicht gehört!! Aber bis bald, süsse, und alles liebe und schönes deiner weg!!! Ist Dottie zurück ? dass hoffe ich so Julia!!
Liebe umarmen und küsse- mit liebe gedanken .
Deine Dorthe

BEARKIS said...

Good ideas!I love driftwood!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

How lovely, Julia, and unique!!! Sent you an email yesterday FINALLY LOL


Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

Love your fabulous driftwood jewellery, you are so very talented.
Always fun to pick up treasures from the beach.

Hope you are enjoying the week

Anneke said...

dear Julia.
such a great idea to make this jewelry from the sea treasures you found.
i suppose that you can see on the beach the coast of Corfu?
when we were there in 2007, it was only 2km overseas to the coast of Albania.
i love your jewelry and beautiful maded pieces.
have a nice week and hugs to you.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, those are fabulous!! I have never seen drift wood jewelry! Amazing


Minna Perälä said...

It´s amazing how a pieces of driftwood could turn a jewellery like that!!! You are a true Magician! Such a talented artist!

Hugs, minna

May said...

Stunning creation...The design is simply Beautiful...Love the use of driftwood... Hugs May x x x

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello Sweet Julia,
First I have to know if Dotte has returned home? I can imagine how very worried you have been about her!!!

You are such a clever cookie! These necklaces are adorable! How handy are you with that power tool! I just love the way you have created those little nests for your shells and those wooden beads look so beautiful on the chain.

Beautiful work dear friend and I hope to email very soon.
Just busy here at home with 101 different things at present but thinking of you and
sending big hugs and love,

Debra at HOMESPUN: http://www.thehomespun.com said...

My goodness these are just lovely and creative! :)

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Very pretty. What a unique thing to do.

Boxwood Cottage said...

What a cool jewelry idea Julia and so summery! I have a multi tool too and use it to grind glass, but that's it so far. I also love the swap you had with Marie btw you both did such beautiul things for eachother! And I'm so very sorry about your sweet Dottie gone missing. I so hope she's fine and will come back to you soon *fingers crossed*. I know very well how it is when you miss a cat that you loved so much*sigh* Sending you a very big hug my dear!
xoxo~ Carola

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

You are just so very talented,my dear Julia.Love the driftwood necklaces.I hope your Dottie is home by now.Have a lovely start of the week.

June said...

You blow me away with your artwork Julia! This is such a beautiful way to use driftwood. Both necklaces are so lovely and the way you photographed them in the sand is genius!
Have a wonderful week my talented friend!!!
many hugs...

Sugar Lump Studios said...

Your driftwood pieces are amazing Julia! gorgeous works of art!

Curtains in My Tree said...

a real good look for a beach necklace, looks like something you would find in a gift shop at the beach

you did a great job on it

Sarina said...

Hi Julia,

Ooooh, I LOVE the necklaces you have made.
They are great!!.

Have a nice day,

Ivy and Elephants said...

How unique! These are lovely ways to remember and keep the beach vacation going!
I love them!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I love that second necklace. I swear you can create anything from nothing at all. Beautiful work! Tammy