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