Walnut shell pendants can be made simply by painting on one half of the shell, right? Well, you’re almost there. There’s just a little more to it.
What I used to make these walnut shell pendants:
- My imagination
- Walnut shell halves
- Marker pen (to sketch the pattern)
- Acrylic colors
- Jewelry findings
First please let me tell you how I thought about making these pendants. I saw some lovely examples of Mandala art on the internet. Especially inspiring is Kathryn Costa, who is totally passionate about mandalas. When I saw these beautiful mandalas, I felt like I had to draw a mandala on a walnut shell.
A mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल, maṇḍala; literally “circle”) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. In common use, “mandala” has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.
Sketching and painting
It’s not easy, because the shell surface is uneven. But the good news is that, your pen strokes do not have to be perfect. Just draw your circular patterns and start coloring them – you’ll see loveliness emerge out of it like magic. I hadn’t even finished coloring my very first pattern (above). But it looked so lovely already that I did not have the heart to color it any further. Just added a coat of varnish and voila!
Indeed, I was so inspired that I went on to sketch yet another mandala:
Once painted, the walnut shell halves looked pretty as pendants. So, in my mind, the only thing I could do with them is to turn them into walnut shell pendants and wear them on chains, or better still, on tribal-style neck pieces.
In case you are wondering, I also made non-mandala walnut shell pendants. Here’s an example. The pattern is made by tracing the natural lines on the walnut shell with my lovely golden Camlin Fabrica cone liner
How to attach the jewelry findings?
I’m sure you want to know how I pierced the shell to insert the jump ring. Well, I did not! There is no piercing here. If you look inside the shell, you can see grooves along the edges. I tightened my jump ring around the groove and let it hang on to the groove. Unless you pull it really hard, it won’t come off. So, that is my little secret that you got to know from reading this article.
Now, you should think of pairing the walnut shell pendant with the pistachio shell earrings we made earlier.