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Monday, August 30, 2010

CRAFTS WITH ANASTASIA-- SEA SHELL MIRROR

The summer is almost over, and many of you probably vacationed down the shore. (Yes, here in New Jersey we ‘go down the shore’ not ‘to the beach.’) Did you collect sea shells while there? What do you plan to do with them? I’ve seen people display their shells in clear glass bowls and wide mouthed vases, but here’s an easy project for a sea shell mirror. Do it yourself, or do it with your kids, but make sure you work in a well-ventilated area. -- AP


Materials:
sawtooth picture hook and hammer
9-1/2” wooden hexagonal plate (available at craft stores)
6” round mirror
acrylic paint (your choice of color)
acrylic satin varnish
crafter’s cement
assorted sea shells


Directions:
1. Hammer the picture hook to the back of the plate.
2. Apply two coats of paint to front and edges of the wooden plate, allowing paint to dry between coats.
3. Glue the mirror to the center of the plate. Allow to dry thoroughly.
4. Apply a coat of satin varnish to the painted areas of the plate.
5. Arrange sea shells as desired around the rim of the plate. Glue shells in place. Allow to dry thoroughly before hanging.



Our Book Club Friday guest author is giving away a copy of one of her books this week. Don't forget to leave a comment if you want to be entered in the drawing. -- AP

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