I have always love to make crafts. I have a love for creating one of a kind pieces that are a little different and have been designed and hand-made with pride. I strive to do the best
I create one of a kind wampum pendant, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. The whole process takes about a month. I collect the shells from local beaches. When I get home, I clean the shells. If I have a design in mind, I sketch it on the shell. Sometimes I just start carving/sanding the shell to get an idea. Once I know what I want, I cut the shell to a rough shape. Then I fine-tune the shape by sanding the shell down. Once that is complete, I do small detail sanding/shaping. Once the shell is almost complete, I sand it one more time with a fine sander. After that process it goes into the tumbler, which runs continuously, for between 3-4 weeks. When done it comes out of the tumbler and I polish the piece so it has a nice shine. Each piece is unique because no two shells have the same markings on them. I also create Cape Cod Necklaces, Earrings, and Bracelets.
The term "wampum" is a shortening of the earlier word "wampumpeag", which is derived from the Massachusetts or Narragansett word meaning "white strings [of shell beads]"Wampum was originally used as money by Native Americans. It was used to mark exchanges for engagement, marriage, and betrothal agreements, as well as for ceremony and condolence ceremonies. Wampum was legal tender in New England from 1637-1661.