Advice 1: How to glue seashells

Natural materials is a huge scope for creativity. You can use them to do paintings, murals, to decorate interiors, to come up with children's figures – for example, you can make an original interior still-life of shells, which adorn the wall of any home, and will be a great gift for your friends.
How to glue seashells
You will need
  • - plywood;
  • shells;
  • - dried flowers;
  • glue.
For the manufacture of such panels you will need durable plywood about 1 cm thick, shells, broken in the form of long, narrow petals and dried flowers, dried leaves, flowers, stems and other things that can beautify your life.
To shell is firmly held on the base, attach them with hot melt from a glue gun. Prepare the surface for bonding of the composition – plywood sheet abrade with fine emery paper on the front side and at the ends, and then think of exactly how on the Board there will be flowers made of shells.
Select the background material, which will successfully complement the song – it can be a thick cloth of any natural shade, which should also match the color of your chosen frame, which is framed picture. Frame you can color his own, or choose a ready.
On the basis of plywood and fabric lay out parts of the future composition. Spread the petals are made of shells around the flower center, place the leaves and stems, determine where to place decorative elements – leaves, dried flowers and so on. Determine the location of the main and secondary figures in the composition.
Remove unnecessary items – do not overload a panel with too many elements. When you achieve the maximum harmonious appearance of your panels, begin to consistently stick to the basis of its elements.
Heat glue gun and glue the middle of the flower from which you will start building the overall picture. Each individual petal from the shells, place one or two drops of hot glue and attach the shell to the base about midway.
Then, trying not to move the previous petal, attach the following and so until then while the petals are made of shells do not form around the midway full circle. Then glue the stem and leaves of the flower and finally, minor decorative elements of the picture.
When the glue is dry, critical look at the picture and think, shouldn't be something to complement or modify it. Cut the elements outside of the picture and place it in a frame. Cover the shells and dried flowers with varnish for durability.

Advice 2 : Frame made of shells with your hands

Photography is a beautiful way to preserve wonderful memories. However, they should be worthy of framing. The original option would be frame-crafts, decorated with seashells, which you can make yourself.
Frame made of shells

How to decorate with seashells picture frame?

To create photo frames decorated with shells, you will need several types of sea shells, glue and the frame. The creative process allows additional decorations. Refers to a variety of beads, stones, sand, beads, crystals, corals, tree branches and sequins. In addition, you will need a special nail Polish to cover to them ready-made frame made of shells.

To start working on the framework recommended the preparation of the working material. Shells must be washed thoroughly with running cold and dry. Some quilters use to wash water with lemon juice. Then be sure to sort all the shells by color, size and type. After that, make a pattern from them without the use of glue. Just put them in order on the surface of the frame. For example, you can first lay out large seashells, and small fill in the gaps. Don't start gluing until you have created a beautiful pattern that you will like.

The process of gluing the shells to the frame

First decide whether shell stick on frame or even on glass. If you do not plan to touch the glass, glue it on the edge of the paper tape. This is necessary in order not to soil the glass with glue.

To secure the shells on the basis you should use hot glue. Gently apply a few drops on the surface of the shell and tightly press it to the frame. Hold it for a few seconds. The process of fixing the shells should be carried out when the frame is in a horizontal position. Start bonding better with larger shells, and finish can be additional materials.

Be sure to wait until the glue is completely dry, and proceed to the final stage. Gently coat of shell lacquer. The fact that the dry shells have a very unattractive, pale appearance. Varnish also creates a real "wet" effect, which can be seen only from shells on the beach. For such purposes, ideal for a shiny acrylic lacquer. You can also use an ordinary pearl nail Polish to give the shells the desired shade. But Matt acrylic varnish in this case is not useful, as it gives no "wet" effect. When the varnish is completely dry you can frame the photo you chose.
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