Dove shells have long been popular among crafters. In fact, they have been strung as beads as far back as ancient history. They are a standard in Sailor’s Valentines and due to their abundance used as filler on shell vases and mirrors. They can also be found cascading in shell mobiles.
   Dove shells live in huge colonies on rocky shorelines at the tideline and are easily collected. They are small in size, not quite 1/2″. They are found throughout the Indo-Pacific region in tropical waters.
   Known in the trade as Nassa columbella, the proper name is Pictocolumbella ocellata (Link, 1807). They are called Lightning Dove Shells in spite of their Latin name. The lightning stripe is one of three patterns, one being white dots on a black background and the other white bands on a black background. The shells may also be deep dark red instead of black.
    There is a good chance when sorting through the bag of shells that other similar shells are mixed in as there are dozens of species that share similar habits.
    These shells were purchased especially for the August raffle table and are donated by Richard Kent. Supposedly there are 1000 shells in the zip lock. We are hoping the winner will share with the club photos of their creations.


Turritella terebra (Linnaeus, 1758)

Lucky is the shell crafter who wins this raffle. Imagine all that can be created with two dozen (24) of these magnificent shells!

Commonly 5-7cm, they can can grow to 15-17cm long. Turritella terebra is a very tall elegant shell with regular spirals which are finely ridged. The color ranges from cream to chocolate brown with all shades in between. It is the largest of Family Turritellidae where most are small and seldomly collected.

Turritella terebra is herbivorous and lives on sandy and muddy areas of the intertidal zone. In the northern Philippines, they are regularly collected and marketed as food.

Although these are offered as craft shells they are of high quality and not seconds. They are from the Philippines. Donated by Richard Kent

Craft meeting March 27, Monday, 6pm

A reminder, we will learn encrusting of either boxes, birdhouses or letters, which will be really a GLUE lesson one week from today. Before you begin, you will be shown how to properly use the following:

Tacky Glue
Hot Glue
Loctite Super Gel Glue

These three glues are allowed in the Civic Center, but keep in mind, there are numerous others which, when properly ventilated, provide excellent adhesion. We will not be covering these but for an on line lesson, please visit

There will be a limited number of birdhouses for sale along with letters, which some of you have reserved from Linda Ebeling. The club will have smaller letters also on a limited basis for use on the craft table next year.

If you have a box, letter or birdhouse you would like to cover, please bring it along. There will be two small boxes for practice available.


Loctite Gel Glue
Hot Glue Gun and pad
Tacky Glue
Paint brush approximately 1/4 inch in width (to apply tacky glue evenly)
Good tweezers, preferably serrated (to pick up small shells)
Very thin “poker” such as a dental tool is helpful or toothpick
(this to align your shells perfectly)

Please come when you can, but we will begin glue instructions at 6 pm for the first group.

Many shells are available for sale especially with encrusting in mind. As is our motto, these are sold to members below your retail cost, one of our benefits for you.

Looking forward to a fun night.

Craft Meeting – Monday, February 27, 2017

Are you ready to make some mirrors? We are ready for you with blank frames
either to assist in creating for the craft sales table or to buy to take
home, or bring your own! If you bring your own, it is advisable
to remove the mirror to avoid scratches and glue drips while creating your

If you go to Pinterest, and ask to see shell mirrors and you will get
endless ideas to inspire you.

There is a new shipment of craft club shells for sale from a purchase and
two nice donations we have received this past week. As usual, they are
priced to sell at very low prices so that you can select your favorites to
make mirrors.

Donna Clarke and Sandy Diezel made a large mirror last year during our
meeting and finished it at home. This mirror brought the club over $400 on
the raffle table! Everyone wanted a chance to win this beauty.

We will have examples of three different type of mirrors for you to see.
If you are a novice, our experts will be on hand to direct mirror projects
for the craft table so that you can learn.

Mirrors are flat. This allows us to use Tacky Glue in lots of places, so
please add this to your supply list which is as follows:

Glue gun and sticks
Glue pad
Tacky Glue (can be purchased at Joanne’s, AC Moore or Michaels)
Forceps or tweezers

I will have a Dremal tool or nail tool and a wire brush on hand to insure
your shells are in good condition for your use. Almost all shells need a
little care before applying and you can learn how to make your shell
collection at home even prettier.

Thank you to those who have done this before for your assistance in
directing a mirror project! We are no club without our volunteers so big
hats off to you for your help.

I am looking as well for a volunteer to handle the sales table. There are
LOTS so this will probably be a full time job for the night.

Remember, we begin at 6pm but come when you can. At 8:30pm we will begin
to clean up our mess so as to exit the Civic Center by 9pm.

Hope to see you!

Craft Meeting – January 23, 2017

Our beginning shell flower demonstration night went very well. All who attended made shell flowers and learned to stem them. Our gratitude to the teachers who stepped in to help our new members:

Linda Laurin, Cindy Treece, Shanti Moore, Debbie Anderson

It takes a club to be a club. Volunteers are always appreciated.

We sold quite a few shells last night and hope to use the proceeds to order more shells in the future. We will be ordering wholesale from the following company:

Atlantic Coral Enterprise, Inc

Please take a moment to browse if you wish and let me know what shells interest you from this site.


applesnail1Hi to all,
The next Shell Art and Craft Club meeting is scheduled for:
Monday, April 27th
6:00 to 9:00 PM
At the Pompano Civic Center
We have two activities planned for the evening.

1) Apple Snail Flower Arrangements- Patti Jenkins will take us through all of the steps in making these arrangements in a small apple snail. Members will go home with a finished arrangement. Check out Linda Ebeling’s apple snail arrangements she recently made in the attached photos.

-Hot Glue Gun and sticks
-Needle nose pliers with spring action return Your jewelry tools should include one of these. The club has a loaner pair to share at the meeting
-Exacto knife
-Loctite or other brand superglue-Not gel
-Regular knife, straight edge, not serrated, to cut the foam
-10 -13 small shell flowers, ranging in size from about 1 to 2 inches. We suggest you make your shell flowers in advance and bring them to the meeting to save time. You can stem them at home or at the meeting. Note: If you have not yet learned to make shell flowers, there will be flowers available for purchase at the meeting.

Kits for the apple snail arrangements will be available for $3.00 each at the meeting. Kits include an apple snail, a stand, floral foam, stems for your flowers, and filler, i.e. natural plants and sea life. Please bring anything you want to include in your own arrangement.

2) Finish making a complete shell necklace. Marta Cruz will show members how to finish making a shell necklace using the focus shells they made at the last meeting.

– 1-3 focus shells with wire bales like the ones we made at the last meeting
– Jewelry making tools- The club has one set to share
– See attached Necklace Supply List. This is a comprehensive list of supplies needed if you want to continue making shell jewelry. Many of these supplies can be purchased at the meeting in quantities needed to complete one necklace.

Please note that the May meeting date has been rescheduled to Monday, May 11th. The original meeting date, May 25th, is cancelled because the civic center is closed due to Memorial Day Holiday.

As always, we encourage you to bring your shell art and craft projects for others to see.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday night. Please call me at 954.309.7752 if you have any questions.

Linda Laurin


DSC_9686Here is an interesting item for the shell crafters that will be included on this month’s raffle table. It is a set of 30 vexillum of about an inch and half in size. What makes this interesting is they were collected on Phuket Island in the rubble that was left behind from the devastating tsunami that struck Thailand in 2004.


Hi to all,
Wow! We sure had a great turnout and good meeting last night. Thank you, Marta for teaching us how to make a bale and spirals on our shells using wire. I’m thinking it might take some practice before ours will look as good as yours. LOL!

Below are two links to articles featuring our own award winning shell artist, Shanti Moore.
Check them out. This was Shanti’s first year entering artistic exhibits and she ended up winning several awards and first place ribbons at our shell show and Sanibel’s Shell Show. Congratulations Shanti. There are nice pictures of a few exhibits at the Sanibel Shell Show on both sites.

If you haven’t been to the web site yet, you are going to be very happy to discover such a wonderful site about shelling. Scroll down to the left for links to a variety of shelly subjects.

At the April Arts and Crafts meeting the group Patti Jenkins is going to show us how to make small flower arrangements in snails. So, for those who know how to make flowers, can get a head start and can make and stem some small flowers to bring with you to the next meeting. I’ll send some pictures of sample arrangements so you can see how they look.

Take care,
Linda Laurin