Mary Kenyon, a self-taught artist from California transforms real seashells into breathtakingly beautiful jewels that have that vintage charm.
Mary Kenyon, an avowed “craft addict,” inherited her passion for arts and crafts from her father, a talented oil painter. They did a lot of different things together, from painting to leather carving, and after he died Mary inherited his workshop and was inspired to use all of those tools and supplies to create a whole new art form.
“We did everything from carving leather to painting oil on canvas. When he died, I inherited a studio full of tools, leather, paint, and canvases. With so much inspiration around me, how could I help but feel creative and inspired, ”Mary told Buzzfeed.
The artist first decouples a picture on the surface of the real shell, then paints decorative details with gold-gilding paint by hand and finally applies three-dimensional decorations such as brass and colorful Swarovski rhinestones. The artwork turns out to be nothing I’ve ever seen before.
Kenyon first created shell jewelry for her sister as a gift. She loved them so much that she encouraged Mary to sell them. She opened an online Etsy shop and soon struggled to keep up with demand. She’s been on Etsy for a decade now, and the hundreds of reviews there show how popular her creations are.
“This is my fifth purchase of these beautiful seashells and it’s breathtaking! 3 of them were gifts and so this is for my friend who loves mermaids. Every clam I’ve bought has been more than perfect. I have one with the peacocks, a dragonfly, a butterfly and hummingbirds. I will always buy more for gifts because they are so unique and beautiful! “A woman wrote.
“The reviews I’ve received over the years have paid off and given me the confidence to continue my passion for art,” said Mary herself.
You can find more vintage-look shell jewelry by Mary Kenyon on her Instagram, where she regularly uploads photos and videos of her latest creations.