Cowrie shells are a type of seashell found in warm sea regions. Cowrie shells are usually small, smooth, highly polished shells, but can be found in a variety of colours and designs such as white, purple, tiger and snake skin prints. These shells are often used to make necklaces, also known as macrame-style jewellery. Creating a cowrie shell necklace takes only a matter of a few minutes, making it a breeze to create multiple necklaces in this style.
Drill 1mm holes into the ends of cowrie shells or purchase cowrie shells for jewellery making in bulk that already have holes.
Cut strands of hemp for as many necklaces as you plan to make. The strands should be long enough to fit over your head when tied.
String a cowrie shell onto a strand of necklace, make a knot and then string another cowrie shell on. Repeat the process for as many shells as you want on the necklace. The knots in between each cowrie shell will hold the shells in place.
Tie the two ends of the string together in a double knot to form a necklace. Slip over your head and wear.
Repeat the process for as many strands as you cut to make multiple necklaces.