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"With the cycles of the moon
Sirens wail a haunting tune-
The ocean waves ebb and flow
To unveil what lies below-
There unique treasures hide
The jewelry of the Minus Tide."
Ginger~ 2007

About my process~
I like the feel of the jewelry to be organic, fluid, and reflect the simplicity of warm sunny days walking along the ocean shore. I would call my style: Bohemian, Beachy, Earthy.

I make my Abalone Jewelry out of the shells my family dive for and harvest off the ocean rocks when they are in season! I utilize the discarded shells as material to transform into beautiful pieces of art. I guess you would call this recycling! I use wet saws, rotary tools, sand paper, and a lot of elbow grease when cutting and carving my Abalone pieces. I draw my designs out free hand (no cookie cutter stencil aid or anything)…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 8
  • Joined February 4, 2012

Favorite materials

Abalone Shell, Agate, Jasper, Coral, Seashells, Mother of Pearl, Bone, Crystals, Semi Precious Gemstones, Metals

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MinusTideJewelry
Shoreline inspired handmade jewelry and...

About

"With the cycles of the moon
Sirens wail a haunting tune-
The ocean waves ebb and flow
To unveil what lies below-
There unique treasures hide
The jewelry of the Minus Tide."
Ginger~ 2007

About my process~
I like the feel of the jewelry to be organic, fluid, and reflect the simplicity of warm sunny days walking along the ocean shore. I would call my style: Bohemian, Beachy, Earthy.

I make my Abalone Jewelry out of the shells my family dive for and harvest off the ocean rocks when they are in season! I utilize the discarded shells as material to transform into beautiful pieces of art. I guess you would call this recycling! I use wet saws, rotary tools, sand paper, and a lot of elbow grease when cutting and carving my Abalone pieces. I draw my designs out free hand (no cookie cutter stencil aid or anything).

Other shells that I have collected along the Pacific West Coast and Maui, Hawaii, I use in my jewelry as well- by drilling holes, reshaping, transforming, or wire wrapping - whatever they inspire me to make them into. You would think doing shell jewelry is not a big deal, but the challenge is in finding shells that are intact, that are interesting, that match in color, texture and size, then NOT destroying them when transforming them into jewelry.
~~~ Fragile beauty ~~~~
Because of this, some beads I am forced to purchase. This keeps the cost low to you (no labor cost), and frees my time up to be more creative with elements I CAN control. I also enjoy using semi precious gemstones into the designs, because the shells and the stones compliment each other while still creating something unique!

I found the perfect way to describe my artistic sensibilities:
~"Wabi-sabi" represents a comprehensive Japanese world view, or aesthetic, centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.~

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https://www.etsy.com/shop/MinusTideJewelry/about/

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