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Make a “Snake” with Cowrie Shells Gourd Shekere

  1. Put an Image on the Gourd

  2. Drill the Cowrie Shell Beads

  3. Knot on Shell Beads (Noise makers)

  4. Cut Bottom Hole Add Knots, Perform Winter Solstice Rituals

  5. Add Feathers

  6. It Flies


A Foraged Foxtail
 : Drilling Holes in the Cowrie Shell Beads for the Shekere :

I knew for a long time I needed to make a gourd shekere (well more than one) with cowrie shells for beads. My little auntie told me I needed to. Where do you find cowrie shells? Where you find everything, on eBay. I got two kinds - these white money cowrie shells in two size grades, and some brown snakehead cowries. Money cowrie shells have a yellow circle on their back.
white money cowrie shells
I got two kinds - these white money cowrie shells in two size grades, and some brown snakehead cowries. Money cowrie shells have a yellow circle on their back. The snakehead cowries are much heavier and have a thick shell. The money cowries are much easier to drill, the snakeheads uch sturdier and because of their weight will make a big difference in the sound.
paint on the leather dye
Over the course of the project I used both a regular handheld drill and a dremel tool. I use a craft vise to hold the shells and wear a leather glove on my left hand. I use a very small drill bit but it still has to make a large enough hole for the hemp beading twine. The drilling makes some shell dust (visible on table).

stain added over the design

The Snake Shekere has its snakehead beads.

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