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Oyster Ornaments by Beth Singleton

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Announcement    Welcome to my Etsy shop! After 20 years of glass bead making I recently switched gears and took up a new craft, Oyster Shell Ornaments!

I was born in North Carolina, grew up near the coast in both Virginia and South Carolina and now I live on Florida's Gulf Coast. I think I was first introduced to steamed oysters, or roasted oysters as we called them, when I was a teenager living in Horry County, SC. Back then we ate "cluster" oysters that were probably harvested off the South Carolina coast. I have attended many "oyster roasts" where oysters are steamed over open grills with wet burlap bags draped over the oysters to steam them open. The oysters are then shoveled onto tables where a crowd is gathered with oysters knives ready to enjoy the salty treats.

Today, I live on a bay in Northwest Florida where oysters are farmed not far from our house. The farmed oysters are grown in floating baskets or cages and produce single "select" oysters. The single oysters are perfect for adding clay, sculpting and painting.

Find me on Instagram and TikTok Bethsingleton850 to take a peek around my studio and my adventures living on the Gulf Coast of Florida with my husband, Stephen and our Black Lab, Sadie.

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Last updated on Jan 21, 2022

Welcome to my Etsy shop! After 20 years of glass bead making I recently switched gears and took up a new craft, Oyster Shell Ornaments!

I was born in North Carolina, grew up near the coast in both Virginia and South Carolina and now I live on Florida's Gulf Coast. I think I was first introduced to steamed oysters, or roasted oysters as we called them, when I was a teenager living in Horry County, SC. Back then we ate "cluster" oysters that were probably harvested off the South Carolina coast. I have attended many "oyster roasts" where oysters are steamed over open grills with wet burlap bags draped over the oysters to steam them open. The oysters are then shoveled onto tables where a crowd is gathered with oysters knives ready to enjoy the salty treats.

Today, I live on a bay in Northwest Florida where oysters are farmed not far from our house. The farmed oysters are grown in floating baskets or cages and produce single "select" oysters. The single oysters are perfect for adding clay, sculpting and painting.

Find me on Instagram and TikTok Bethsingleton850 to take a peek around my studio and my adventures living on the Gulf Coast of Florida with my husband, Stephen and our Black Lab, Sadie.

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On Etsy since 2007
Video summary: Oyster Shell Ornaments from start to finish. First we enjoy eating them while Sadie cleans the shells. Shells are cleaned and dried in the sun, holes drilled, sculpted with clay, baked, painted and finally sealed.

Sharing my love of oysters one oyster at a time!

I opened my Etsy shop in 2007. I was a glass bead (lampwork) artist and sold my beads on Etsy through 2021. Prior to opening my Etsy shop I sold my glass beads locally in South Carolina and online on eBay under the username Glassbeadsbybeth. In my most recent years as a lampwork artist I focused on Pet Memorial Beads. I made beads with the cremains of loved pets encased within the layers of glass. I even did Match Your Pet Memorial Beads which were very popular.

Twenty years of the spinning motion required for bead making took a toll on my hands, the strict regulations for shipping cremains and the need for shared workspace with my husband all led to my decision to give up bead making in the summer of 2021.

I knew I would find something else crafty to do which led me to Oyster Shell Ornaments. I love that each oyster shell is unique. Different shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Making Oyster Shell ornaments requires less space and equipment. I also like that it is a more portable craft. Instead of being upstairs alone in my studio making glass beads behind a torch with an oxygen concentrator and exhaust fan running I am able to bring my craft downstairs at night and enjoy TV time with my husband while accomplishing a little bit at the same time. Living on the Gulf Coast in a coastal community I have an abundance of oyster shells and beach shells available to me as well as a market for selling my ornaments year round to tourists.

Check out my previous feedback. I take pride in my work and love sharing my talents with others.

Beth

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  • Beth Singleton

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Welcome to my Etsy shop! I was born in NC, grew up near the coast in both VA and SC and now I live on FL's Gulf Coast. I have loved oysters since I was a teenager. Crafting with oysters is a perfect fit for me.

  • Sadie

    Oyster Cleaner

    Hi, I'm Sadie. I love oysters! When my family eats oysters I clean up any remnants of the oyster that might be left on the shells. This makes the cleaning of the oyster shells easier for Mom. Watch our video on our Story page to see me at work

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