Last week, during one of my frequent forays to my local craft store, I picked up a bag of Capiz shells. I brought them home, dumped them out, and started playing.
|18" necklace and matching earrings.|
As I fastened Capiz shells to a length of copper chain, I began to wonder just where these shells actually come from. So after this project was completed, I turned to the internet to get some answers.
Today, Capiz shells primarily used for decorative items such as window panes, lighting fixtures and kitchen utensils. And jewelry, of course! They are are also used as a component for manufacturing products such as shellac, glue, soldering lead and paint. The meat from farmed Capiz shells, with its high protein content, is used as an ingredient in poultry and prawn feeds.
The world's largest consumer of Capiz shells include the United States, Japan and several European countries. The shells are rated according to its size and quality with shells reaching more 75 millimeters in diameter considered as first class and anything lower than 60 millimeters in diameter considered as fourth class.
|Available at Pottery Barn. I need this for my kitchen.|
|Cleaned capiz shell ready for processing.|
My curiosity fed, I went back to my craft room with a new appreciation for these lustrous shells. Three pairs of earrings later, I felt I had done them justice.
|Turquoise seed beads, copper and Capiz shells.|
|Copper Capiz shell chandeliers.|
|Shoulder grazers. Almost 4" long!|