Making a shell pendant

Whilst making a shell pendant might at first sight appear to be a simple task, it actually brings together a bunch of complex skills.  For this pendant I’ve used lime cordage, which means you have to be able to process lime bark to extract the fibres.  You then need to be able to use those fibres to make a 2 ply, reverse twist cord.

To drill a hole in the shell I’ve used a hand drill.  This involves shaping a piece of flint and attaching it to a hazel shaft using pine resin glue.

So more going on than it might appear!

Whilst we aren’t generally found making a shell pendant on any of our courses, you could make a bone one on our Bone Tools Workshop!

You can see loads of photos from all of our courses on our Facebook page.

About Gary

Lead Instructor at Jack Raven Bushcraft, teaching bushcraft, wilderness and survival skills to groups and individuals.

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