Abalone Sun Catcher

3 Materials
4 Hours

I have a ton of gorgeous Abalone Shells ~ squeal! My brother-in-law goes Abalone fishing :) :) :)I've had some for years and used them for just about everything, from guest and bar soap holders, trinket dishes, catch all's, ring holders while washing dishes, jewelry, sponges, change, sea shells, sea glass, candle holder ... you name it, I've displayed them any way I can. Not all at once mind you! LOL

I've always wanted to do something crafty with them. Carved out bits of time here and there and did!An Abalone Sun Catcher ♥

Clean if necessary

I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like and just kind of winged it. I receive them cleaned, but did give a gentle scrub with toothpaste and toothbrush. They all are so gorgeous and shiny!

Getting Started

I wanted to hang strings of beads from natural occurring holes in the Abalone shell, but needed a way to stop them from falling through. I chose crackle glass beads that were larger than the holes, brought 80 lb nylon fishing line up through the hole in the shell, added a crimp bead then the crackle bead, inserted the end of the fishing line down into the same crimp bead. I then tightened up the fishing line around the crackle bead and crimped the crimp bead. (photos down below) This keeps the crackle bead in place.

Securing Beads

Once those were secure, I turned the shell over and repeated. This kept front and back bead secure while I strung the rest of the line. Here 4 strings of beads are semi-done, just one more to go!

How to hang

Next I needed to figure out how I was going to hang it.

I decided I needed 2 holes to run nylon line through to make a hanger. I got out my Dremel and slowly made 2 small holes at the top of my Abalone Shell.

Ready to Hang

I attached one end of the line with a bead similarly to the way I did before. Chose which beads I to use, threaded them on the line then finished the other end of the line as before. There are more detailed instructions and photos in my blog


I decided it needed a little more sparkle. I added my Grandmother's Aurora Borealis clip on earrings, a brooch, and a couple other pieces from her jewelry that I thought would look good. I used GE Rainproof Silicone for the adhesive. At the time I wasn't sure if it was going outside or staying in and I know GE Silicone can handle any weather that gets thrown at it, at least in our climate. 

Admire the Sparkle

I'm glad I added my Grandmother's jewelry. It looks much better sparkling here than hiding in my drawer!


I love the way it turned out! It ended up staying in the house, Heart Strings were touched when I used Grandma's jewelry.  It hangs in the West window, when the Sun comes in, the house gets a Rainbow effect!

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