How I got this idea

On the 4th of July my family and I were walking down the public beach on Dauphin Island Alabama.  I was amazed at how few people were on the beach on such a big holiday, with the exception of an army of BP cleanup workers.  The beach looked fairly clean until we walked down to a secluded section where we found the beach was littered with tar balls and puddles of thick oil.  Using a shell, I picked up a tar ball and brought it back to our house.

That evening, my father and I spoke of ways to create a token of this historic environmental disaster - something that might serve as a reminder of it's impacts.  Obviously a tar ball is not very attractive  or appealing, so we came up with the idea of using the oil in jewelry.

We returned the next day with gloves and plastic bags to collect oil from the thick puddles, but apparently the tides overnight had covered these with sand. We were able to pick up a large number of tar balls so we decided that we would try to use them.

After some experimenting we discovered a way to extract the oil from the tar balls and this rich brown oil became the paint for my canvas.  I've had the help of other students and friends whose families have been affected by the oil spill. Working together we have created many pieces of oil coast jewelry - each one unique.

This fall, I will be a freshman in college and will use the proceeds from the sale of the jewelry to help offset the cost of my education. My friends who are helping with this will also use their share to help in their educational costs.

Wondering how long it will take for the Gulf to be cleansed