The chilly climate has hardly deterred me from incorporating a bit of tropical flair into my winter wardrobe. Inspired by Kelly Wearstler‘s metallic shell earrings from her upcoming spring collection, I’ll show you how to transform a couple of simple shells into a pair of beachy stunners. Vamos a la playa!

You’ll need:

Start by placing the shells on a paper bag or plate. Spray a nice even coat on one side and allow to dry completely before spraying the backside.

Use the pliers to open the loop of the eyepin. Slip the quartz component onto the eyepin and close the loop shut.

Measure about an inch of the way down and trim eyepin with a pair of wire cutters. Squeeze a dollop of E6000 glue onto a disposable plate or spoon.

Using the pliers to grasp the loop of the eyepin, immerse the pin into the glue until it’s well covered. Slip the pin into the backside crevice of the shell, making sure the loop is perpendicular to the cross section.

Use a toothpick to add additional glue if necessary. Allow the glue to dry for at least an hour and then attach the other side of the component to an earwire.

Repeat the same steps to complete the pair.

And you’re finished before you can say Sally sells seashells by the seashore!

(all images by HonestlyWTF)