Monday, April 7, 2014

Happy Oyster!

Hi ya'll!
Here's a fun project.  It started with a visit to my dear friend's river house on the Potomac.  It's a lovely spot that sits right on the mouth of the river as it feeds into the Chesapeake Bay.  Along the beautiful beach are tons of oyster shells, which I had a ball collecting and imagining all the fun things I could do with them.  Top of mind was a chandelier that the husband and I had seen in a home store in Maine a couple of years ago.  It was thousands of dollars, but I knew with enough shells, I could pull off my own version.  I am still working on figuring out the design and materials that I need to build it, but in the meantime, I found a fun little side project.

First step, clean the shells.  I did them in batches, soaking them for a few hours in white distilled vinegar.  After I good rinse, I spread them on a towel and let them dry.

Although many of them had a natural pearly finish, I wanted to make them a little more glam.  So I mixed together some pearl and silver acrylic paint, diluting with water to make it more translucent and painted away.

After some drying time, I heated up the glue gun and set to work inserting the shells into a styrofoam ball.  In retrospect, I think I would have tried to paint the ball first as some of it shows in the finished product (if you are looking for it).

The downside of this project is that it took way more shells than I anticipated, meaning I may not have enough to do my chandelier right away.  I'll have to figure out a solution.  The upside is that I have a really cool accessory that sits in the window reflecting morning light and reminding me how much I love my friends and our time together.

Also this month, one of my most popular birthday cake designs.  This time for a Sweet 16.  Thanks to Gloria and Tony!

Until next time...confectionately yours!