So, remember I posted a little while back about the oyster shells I took home
with me after a recent dinner at Biff's
? Well, I was inspired by my web-friend Fiona Richards
(of Cartolina Cards) who mentioned having seen a mirror made with oyster shells that looked pretty good. I had the supplies on hand (a glue gun, a wood embroidery hoop, a little round mirror from the Dollarama), and I decided to give it a go. Here's how it turned out:
Don't you love how you can see me reflected in the mirror, taking the photo? (I do.)
Anyway, it's not my best effort, but I'm happy with how it turned out. I used a series of small, mismatched sea snail shells to fill in the gaps between the oyster shells. (Nate and I favour beachy vacations and I tend to pick up at least a few shells each time we go away, so I had some tucked away, but you can buy shells at craft stores and sometimes even dollar stores if you want to make shell crafts, but don't feel like gathering straight from nature.)
Since the shells were glued down with the concave side in, I didn't have to attach a hanging mechanism to the back of the mirror. The curved shells themselves hang perfectly over the end of a nail in the wall. I know because this wee shells starburst has joined the rest of my round mirrors on the wall of Nate's office, which are currently looking like this:
The new shell mirror is in the lower left corner. Look how wee it is! Adorable.
Successful crafting? Yes indeedy.