Beaded Cabochons / Seed Bead

Sanibel Island: Gathering shells for bead embroidered cabochons

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We were fortunate to have some time on Sanibel Island about a week ago.  I used the opportunity to find more shells for bead embroidered cabochons.

Morning on Sanibel Island Beach

Morning on Sanibel Island Beach

Sunset on Sanibel Island

Sunset on Sanibel Island

Every evening we were treated to gorgeous sunsets and on a few days when it rained around 4 p.m. there was time to walk the beach again as the sun set.  The trick was to be inside when the wind stopped because it was the wind that kept the nosee’um bugs from biting. For not being able to see them, they sure do have a vicious bite!

Calico Scallop Environmental Portrait

Calico Scallop Environmental Portrait

The shells that were easy and plentiful to find were calico scallops.  With their brighter colors, they glinted in the sun and begged to be picked up.  So I did.  It was festive to embroider a few of them while sitting around the pool later in the day.

Scallops getting ready for bead embroidery/cabochons

Scallops getting ready for bead embroidery/cabochons

And then when I got home from the trip, it seemed prudent to clean and shine all of the shells in preparation for the next step.  The new batch of shells are ready to be selected for cabochons and moved to the next stage of preparation.

One thing we did not get to see this time was the spoonbills at Ding Darling.  The drive was closed and we didn’t find out until we were there at 7:30 a.m. one morning.

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