Sand Dollars… Treasures of the Sea

Sand dollars.  If you’ve ever found these shelling, you can appreciate their delicate beauty.  It’s almost magical to stumble upon one, let alone many washed ashore. It’s amazing how something so fragile survives in the rough seas.

When I was little, we couldn’t “google” how to clean and bleach sand dollars. We had to rely on the word of mouth instructions from those that had done it before.  So if you happen to find some (not the furry kind, throw those back, they are still alive) but some washed ashore, this is the basic way to clean/whiten them:

-Fill a bucket, or flat tray, with 3/4 water with 1/4 bleach

-Place the sand dollars in the bleach/water mix

-Let them sit an hour or so, then take out and rinse with fresh water

-Place on a flat surface in the sunlight to dry

-Once dry, coat one side with a mixture of Elmer’s Glue and water
(1/2 glue and 1/2 water)

-Let dry on wax paper, then coat other side

-That’s it!  They are white, shiny, and beautiful!

While they are drying, if you are with children, it’s a great time to tell the Story of the Sand Dollar.  One or two always seem to break, but that’s ok, show everyone the doves inside.

THERE’S A PRETTY LITTLE LEGEND

THAT I WOULD LIKE TO TELL

OF THE BIRTH AND DEATH OF JESUS

FOUND IN THIS LOWLY SHELL

IF YOU EXAMINE CLOSELY

YOU’LL SEE THAT YOU FIND HERE

FOUR NAIL HOLES AND A FIFTH ONE

MADE BY A ROMAN’S SPEAR

ON ONE SIDE THE EASTER LILY

ITS CENTER IS THE STAR

THAT APPEARED UNTO THE SHEPHERDS

AND LED THEM FROM AFAR

THE CHRISTMAS POINSETTIA

ETCHED ON THE OTHER SIDE

REMINDS US OF HIS BIRTHDAY

OUR HAPPY CHRISTMASTIDE

NOW BREAK THE CENTER OPEN

AND HERE YOU WILL RELEASE

THE FIVE WHITE DOVES AWAITING

TO SPREAD GOOD WILL AND PEACE

THIS SIMPLE LITTLE SYMBOL

CHRIST LEFT FOR YOU AND ME

TO HELP US SPREAD HIS GOSPEL

THROUGH ALL ETERNITY

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For nearly a decade, Generous Gems has been assisting clients with finding just the right way to show they care. From the birth of a new child to a special birthday, or 50th anniversary, we have an extensive collection of fine jewelry ranging from colored diamonds to gold and silver charms. With new styles added frequently, we welcome new clients and look forward to helping them for years to come.

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