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Oyster Shell Dish

Use this charming oyster shell dish to store jewelry, keys, or any other small item.

Oyster Shell Dish

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May 2010

Introduction

Resources: Liquitex iridescent heavy-body white paint and Beacon 527 multi-purpose cement are available at most crafts and art-supply stores.

materials

  • Shucked oyster shell

  • Small bowl

  • White vinegar

  • Scrub brush

  • Fine-grit sandpaper

  • Craft knife

  • Iridescent heavy-body acrylic white paint

  • Pearl beads

  • Permanent-bond adhesive, like Beacon 527

steps

  1. Soak cuplike bottom half of oyster shell in a bowl of distilled white vinegar for two hours to remove odor. With scrub brush, remove any dirt, muck and barnacles; shell should be almost white. Rinse in soapy water and let dry.

  2. Use a fine sandpaper to smooth any sharp edges along perimeter of shell. Remove brownish "hinge" from inner beak of oyster shell with a craft knife.

  3. Paint a thin layer inside and outside of shell with iridescent white paint; let dry.

  4. Place shell on a flat surface, and position pearl beads under shell until it is level. Adhere pearl beads to shell with permanent-bond adhesive.

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