The sand in this pendant was not collected purposefully, but rather, rides along in plastic straws picked up off of beach shores. The blue and green bits are micro plastics, carefully picked off of beaches during regular clean-up efforts.
I create sculptures from plastic beach debris found during clean-ups. Part of this process is cleaning and sanitizing the debris before using it in sculpture. During the cleaning process, some sand is always shaken loose from the straws. The sand is then collected, dried in the sun, and placed in these various jewelry pieces. These pendants are complimented by a sea turtle and seahorse pendant - a reminder that the removal of these plastics from the sea creates a healthier environment for those who reside in it. My jewelry represents hundreds of straws, bottle caps and pounds of miscellaneous plastic debris cleaned up from American beaches. In addition to being a beautiful and simple jewelry piece, these pendants are great conversation starters about the plastic and pollution problem in our waterways and oceans, and how we can all work together to reduce our reliance on plastics.
The sale of these necklaces help fund the creation and exhibition of ocean plastic art, which is used to educate the general public about marine animals and plastic/pollution in our ocean. In addition, 10% of all product sales are donated to conservation efforts.
Approximately 28", brass.
No two necklaces are the same - due to the use of naturally formed and found materials, slight differences should be expected.
Made here in the Hey Lola studio, wherever that may be at the time.