Shell Wall Hanging

23 10 2017

A couple years ago I picked up some awesome shells at Cumberland Island and made a bunch into candles (see post here), but I had some cute smaller ones leftover and wanted to put them somewhere they could be seen. So I came across this really plain, cheap shadow box at Michaels and decided to make a display.

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(Forgive the crappy photos; there are all with my cell phone.) I just left them in there for a few months until I got off my butt to work on it.

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This is so easy, you need only a few supplies: the shadow box (obviously), a brush, whatever paint you want, sandpaper, aluminum foil to use as a palette for the paint, and newspaper to protect your workspace. Craft stores sell little $1 bottles of cheap acrylic that would have been perfect, but I didn’t have those and didn’t feel like making an extra trip, so I just used real acrylics (I don’t recommend, waste of money, plus the black tends to dry glossy, which isn’t what you want.)

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I wasn’t exactly sure what color scheme I wanted, so I did a few mock ups in Photoshop (I have green walls). This is the one I decided on.

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So simple! And the final product on the wall:

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So, maybe I went too easy with it because you can see a couple little blops of white paint on the glass. Oops! I probably could get those off. Also, this is after it’s been up for a couple weeks… see the line below the bottom shells? That’s sand/shell particles. I cleaned the shells and brushed them off repeatedly, but still – so FYI you probably will have to open the case and do that a few times.

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