I have been collecting Jingle Shells on the local beach here in SW Florida. Jingle Shells get their name from the soothing jingling sound they make when they are struck together. After cleaning them in a solution of Clorox and water I set them out to dry for a couple of days. After they are completely dry, I take them to my workbench where I start to drill 2 holes in each shell; one on the top near where the hinge is and one directly below it. Then using a variety of colored beads (I try to keep the beads the same color of the shells) I string them on 10 lb test fishing line; putting a bead or two after every couple of strung shells.
After I have made 6 strands of jingle shells and beads approximately 18 "long, I then take a wooden base and fasten the strands to the base (of course I have already drilled holes in the wooden base). Threading the strands of shells and beads Through the predrilled holes in the base I fasten them on with another bead and tie a couple of knots in the fishing line. I sometimes use a little glue as well to make sure the strands keep tied. I now have a Jingle Shell Wind Chime.
They make such a soothing sound when the wind rustles through the strands of shells. Some of my customers even hang them in their bedroom window. These wonderful shells come in a variety of colors; cream, white, yellow, black and multi-colored. They also come in a variety of sizes and the smaller ones I use to make earrings. During the Renaissance Period, the more translucent Jingle Shells were actually used as glass in the castles. These shells truly are a gem from the sea.