Uh, yeah I'm the lady in line at all the estate sales with the basket full of miscellaneous shells. Sometimes large baskets full of quite large shells and I'm getting these pitifull stares, like why would you pay good money (usually all of a dollor or maybe 2) for something somebody picked up on the beach. I buy them when ever I find them. I've got bowls full of shells all over the house but besides enjoying them as is I like to get out the glue gun and stick them to things.
This project has been on my list for some time. This vintage mantle was a gift from BFF Tammy and I took off the legs and turned it into a "shelf" on my screened porch. Today was a long overdue crafting day, turning this mantle "shelf" in to a beautiful piece of art for the porch.
After the mantle was painted white, it was mounted on the porch wall. It functioned well as a display shelf, but it was definitely crying out for some embellishment.
I like to start my seashell mosaic projects with a central cluster of large shells and work out from there. It takes me hours to work out the placement of all these shells. Even when I do a small mirror, I go back and forth with the placement before finally committing and setting the shells down with the glue.
Ok, five hours later I'm finally done and I love it.