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For use as a necklace, a hair accessory, an artwork etc
So I've been collecting shells for a few summers now and I have such a collection I've decided to put them to good use. Firstly I tried with the pointy side inwards- glueing shells directly onto shells. Painstaking! So I looked up other ideas with shells and found a project similar but more thought out and visually appealing! But without a styrofoam ball I had to improvise. And voila! If anything doesn't make sense just give me a holler and I'll help you out. Many props to Bailey!

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  • How to make a shell ornament. Shell Flower - Step 1
    Step 1

    1. Make a base with stacked cardboard glued together and the fimo/clay/putty/styrofoam/whatever works! in ~5mm thick pancake of whatever diameter as can be accommodated by your shells. Mine was ~5cm

  • How to make a shell ornament. Shell Flower - Step 2
    Step 2

    2. Line up your shells from smallest to largest. The bigger range of shells you have makes for a more realistic flower and having really small shells makes it ever so intricate. Dip the smallest shell in glue and stick into the middle of the pancake- round side down.

  • How to make a shell ornament. Shell Flower - Step 3
    Step 3

    3. For the centre you can either make a closed bud by facing the inner shells inward or to glue another shell/bead/whatever there. Be quite generous with the glue and don't push the shell in too deep to the pancake that it bulges around the side and becomes visable. Rely on the glue much more, perhaps less so with an air drying clay

  • How to make a shell ornament. Shell Flower - Step 4
    Step 4

    4. Using larger shells as you go, glue the shells as close as possible together, in a spiral outwards-just like a rose.

  • How to make a shell ornament. Shell Flower - Step 5
    Step 5

    When you reach the outside of the pancake trim away the excess. Then to hide it, glue the largest shells on the other side of the cardboard. If it suits your purposes to completely hide the base and make a full shell, try another layer. These would need to be quite large. Now wait to dry!

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sweet! looks great dahl
Vermin Jerky
Vermin Jerky · San Diego, California, US · 22 projects
Really interesting design! The results are great. I live near the beach so this would be pretty doable for me. Thank you!