diy tie dye shell jewelry

DIY Tie Dye Shell Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

This DIY Tie Dye Shell Jewelry is bright, bold and perfect for the season! I’ll show you how to create your very own summery-pieces using shells, Sharpies and a bit of hand sanitizer – the process is really fun as well! Tie dye is one of the biggest trends right now, and will surely continue into summer. This daintier take on the trend packs a punch, despite the shells’ sizes.

DIY Tie Dye Shell Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

I used these shells to create a few drop necklaces, a lariat, and a charm bracelet. They would also be amazing as earrings – just remember that each shell will be just a little different, depending on how the coloring process goes. The uniqueness is what makes them awesome!!

Tie Dye Shell Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

Depending on how much you want to rock the rainbow, keep it simple with one shell, or layer them up for the full spectrum! Are we ready to begin?!

DIY Tie Dye Shell Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 1

Gather materials. You’ll need various cut cowrie shells (you can get them online here), clear nail polish, hand sanitizer, rainbow Sharpies (I have a strange obsession with collecting them in every color), a fine paintbrush (I go through these so often for my craft projects, I usually buy a large pack like this to get a variety of sizes), various gold chains – similar here: dainty cable chain, chunky curb chain and satellite chain, gold lobster clasps, 22g gold wire and 4mm gold jumprings. You will also need a jewelry-making plier set (roundnose, flatnose and wirecutters).

Coloring Tie Dye Shells

Step 2

Choose a cowrie shell, and wash it with soap and water. A lot of the bulk shells you get online have sand or dirt on them, and we want a clean surface to draw on. Line up your markers in your chosen colors, so they are easily accessible.

Coloring Tie Dye Shells

Step 3

Start to color one side of the cowrie shell with an ombre of colors, following the pattern of the rainbow. It’s easier to do 3 colors or less to get a nicer-looking gradient. Too many colors in one shell will make it look a bit muddy. I left the one side of the shell plain white for an asymmetric look, and it makes it a lot easier to hold without smudging while blending.

DIY Tie Dye Shell Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 4

Get a small dish and fill it with a bit of water, and grab a tissue or paper towel for your brush as well. Take a dab of hand sanitizer and gently place it on the shell, in the areas you want to blend. Use a bit of water to help the colors blend – do not work with a very dry brush, more sanitizer is better than less. However, do not flood the entire surface with liquid. Be gentle! If you are too rough, you will get bald spots in the color! If this happens, wait for the shell to dry, and simply add more color with the markers, and re-blend gently. Let the shell fully dry when your desired look is achieved. Then, coat the shell with a thin layer of clear nail polish.

DIY Tie Dye Shell Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 5

Continue coloring any other shells you’d like to use with the Sharpies. Again, 3 colors max works best on small shells. Repeat Step 4 and let them all dry.

Coloring Tie Dye Shells

Step 6

Get out your chains, and start pairing up your pieces for jewelry making!

Coloring Tie Dye Shells

Step 7

Cut your gold chains into desired lengths, 16-18″ is good for an everyday necklace. I also made a bracelet out of curb chain, not pictured above, but it’s a great matching piece if you’re into bracelets! Add clasps with the jumprings to finish the strands.

DIY Tie Dye Shell Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 8

Cut a few inches of the 22g wire, and use it to create a wrapped loop on top of one shell. Simply add the shell to the finished chain with a jumpring. Repeat for your other pieces!

DIY Tie Dye Shell Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

Have fun, play around with colors, blends and jewelry styles. You can also experiment using this same technique on larger shells, just make sure their base color is white for the best overall effect.

DIY Tie Dye Shell Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations


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DIY Tie Dye Shell Jewelry
DIY Tie Dye Shell Jewelry


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Don’t steal them, it’s bad karma ☺.

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Beach Jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

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I pledge allegiance to the power of SPARKLE! From chunky crystal drops and oversized statement pieces to delicate drop necklaces and more, I’ve been collecting all of my newest pieces for a city-centric shoot like this!

Playing with asymmetry, I experimented with mismatched chains, pearls and placements, making for a “kitchen sink-chic”Β  mood! Charms and talismans are really having their moment now, and my preferred icons are always celestial-based. Mini moons, sparkling starbursts and tiny twinkles weave their way through chunky metals and finer findings. The Guardian Angel of Glitz makes an appearance, watching over her brood of baubles. I found a few vintage metal castings a while back, and thought they’d be great to decorate DIY jewels with. I glued this particular one to the flat front of a large faceted crystal. You can experiment with gluing other charms or flatback cabochons onto crystals for a 3D effect – I also did it below with a few smaller crystals in the celestial pieces, and love how it gives extra dimension!

Herkimer diamonds provide that perfect raw stone look, and mix really well with freshwater pearls. Herkimer diamonds are a little pricier than other gemstones (and NO, they are not real diamonds, but quartz!), but I totally recommend adding them to your designs….I got mine online here! Same with clear quartz chips – when they reflect sunlight, they have an icy, glasslike appearance. Kind of like shards, just a *tad* bit softer, but providing that perfect edginess! I get my quartz beads online here.

Chainmaille is again my ride or die, tried and true technique that I try to work into anything and everything I can. F*ck the dated, medieval designs using clunky metalwork – 2020’s contemporary chainmaille is poppin’ and packs the perfect punch of heavy metal moodiness. I say layer one chunky choker (Byzantine chain is my favorite, you can find a lot of great tutorials on this easy weave online!) with other dainty necklaces for a play on scale. Adding charms softens the look a bit so you don’t look like you’re stepping onto the set of Game of Thrones. Or, if that’s your preferred vibe, add a large dragon charm ≧◑≦

And finally, let’s talk about this dreamy location! I’ve never seen the Brooklyn Bridge this empty – but luckily, it provided the playground of my grunge glam dreams….. With the occasional iconic yellow taxi passing by and honey-colored afternoon sun, to the peeling paint and weathered textures, there were definitely backdrops o’plenty. Quite possibly my favorite accidental find, I spotted the cherry red heart padlock on my walk back. Perfect photo-op.

More pieces to come for the extension of this collection….. In the meantime, shine on and stay crafty!

Quiet Lion Creations - Jewelry Design by Allison Beth Cooling
Quiet Lion Creations - Jewelry Design by Allison Beth Cooling
Quiet Lion Creations - Jewelry Design by Allison Beth Cooling
Quiet Lion Creations - Jewelry Design by Allison Beth Cooling
Quiet Lion Creations - Jewelry Design by Allison Beth Cooling
Quiet Lion Creations - Jewelry Design by Allison Beth Cooling
Quiet Lion Creations - Jewelry Design by Allison Beth Cooling
Quiet Lion Creations - Jewelry Design by Allison Beth Cooling
Quiet Lion Creations - Jewelry Design by Allison Beth Cooling
Quiet Lion Creations - Jewelry Design by Allison Beth Cooling
Quiet Lion Creations - Jewelry Design by Allison Beth CoolingQuiet Lion Creations - Jewelry Design by Allison Beth Cooling
Quiet Lion Creations - Jewelry Design by Allison Beth CoolingQuiet Lion Creations - Jewelry Design by Allison Beth Cooling
Quiet Lion Creations - Jewelry Design by Allison Beth Cooling

Quiet Lion Creations - Jewelry Design by Allison Beth CoolingQuiet Lion Creations - Jewelry Design by Allison Beth Cooling
Quiet Lion Creations - Jewelry Design by Allison Beth Cooling


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Don’t steal them, it’s bad karma ☺.

DIY Crystal-Dipped Feather Earrings

Bohemian elegance at its best! These DIY Crystal-Dipped Feather Earrings are the perfect accessory when you are looking for just a *hint* of sparkle to complete your look. The secret? Metallic nail foil that’s glued onto the feathers, giving them that gilded appearance…..

Feel free to choose any color scheme you want for your earrings. I always prefer black (who would have known!) but white really does look very ethereal, and better suited for daytime looks. Follow along below for the full tutorial!

Step 1

Gather materials. You’ll need feathers, metallic flake (gold or silver), crystal flatbacks, Gem-Tac or a crystal glue pen, 4mm crystal bicones, silver eyepins, silver bead cones, and silver earwires. You’ll also need Q-tips for spreading the glue, and a wax stick (I love the Crystal Katana tool) is super helpful for picking up and placing crystal flatbacks. You will also need roundnose pliers, flatnose pliers and wire cutters for creating the wrapped loop.

Step 2

Group feathers together in 2 pairs of 2. Keep in mind one feather will be placed on top of the other, and be cut slightly shorter. Cut the tops at a “v” angle. Mine measured about 3.25″ and 2.75″ You can make them as long or as short as you’d like! You don’t want too much bulk near the top of the feathers, so you might have to pull off a bit of the sides – this extra bulk won’t fit nicely into the bead cones.

Step 3

Using your Q-tip, spread a thin layer of glue at the top of your shorter feather. Use the other end of the Q-tip to place metallic foil on the glue, pressing down gently, to adhere flakes. Add flakes down the feather in a “v” shape, fading out the flakes near the halfway point of the feather for a “dipped” appearance. Let dry.

Step 4

Using the glue pen, place dots of glue near the top of the feather, but leaving about 0.25″ from the very top of the “v”.Β  Place crystal flatbacks onto the glue dots with your wax stick or tweezers. I used a monochromatic mix of crystal and grey, and varied sizes as well.

Step 5

Glue the shorter feather on top of the longer feather you cut back in Step 2. Make sure to use a thin line of glue for this, and place the glue on top of the longer feather, right in the center. You don’t want too much glue oozing out! Match up the tops of both feathers for placement accuracy. Let dry.

Step 6

Take an eyepin and thread it up through the bottom of the bead cone. Place a good dollop of glue at the top “v” of the feathers. and stick into the bead cone. Let dry.

Step 7

Place a 4mm bicone on the headpin, and create a wrapped loop at top. Use the flatnose pliers to add the earwire to the loop, and repeat with the other earring, mirroring the design!

Mix it up a bit by using different colored findings – copper metal and turquoise feathers would give a super southwest-y feel, while gold metal and brown feathers would be a monochromatic match made in <crafty> heaven!


All photos copyright Quiet Lion Creations. Email me at info@quietlioncreations.com for permission to use or re-post.
Don’t steal them, it’s bad karma ☺.