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Oyster Shell Dish

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


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


  • 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


  1. Step 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. Step 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. Step 3

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

  4. Step 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.

The Martha Stewart Show, May 2010