I lucked out again when the guys at ZnetShows surprised me with a beautiful spectrum of mini conch shells.
These beach glass beads are perfect for earrings, but that wasn't my first thought of how to use them.
From there I moved on to making some earrings. This design came to me out of the blue, so into the sketchbook it went until I was able to play with my e-beads and conchs.
Less perfect was the progression of the next pair. I had a fabulous idea involving memory wire. I played with some memory wire rings for FAR too long and finally remembered why I hardly ever use the stuff. In frustration, I threw that idea to the side and simply wrapped some seed beads around the top of two of these cobalt blue mini conchs.
Finally, I wanted to do something a little different. While I'm not usually drawn to pink, the pale pink conchs called to me. Pairing them with silver, black, and pearl seemed natural.
Speaking of later, I've still got plenty of these to play with and a few more ideas. I'll share what comes to be. What fun these little babies were!