Collecting Sea Shells
Collecting sea shells and identifying them is one of my favorite hobbies. In this tutorial I shall share with you how I clean and polish sea shells that I collect.
After the day at the beach place your sandy sea shells on towel or a bowl (unless you want sand all over).
Never pick up sea shells that you think they might be alive. If you find a living sea shell from the beach just carefully place it back to the sand. 90% of the sea shells that land on shore are just empty shells.
Removing The Sand
Pour some warm water into a large bowl and replace your shells there carefully.Let the sea shells stay in the warm water for a while. Water gently removes the extra sand from the shells.
Drying The Sea Shells
After the sand has been removed replace sea shells back into the tower and dry them.
If you travel abroad and see pretty sea shells and you wish to take some home with you check the custom and wildlife protection regulations of that country to see if you can bring them home or not.
For polishing it is recommended to use natural oils. You can use bamboo oil, coconut oil, baby oil. I´v even heard some people using olive oil but that can be quite sticky. Personally I like to use coconut oil + it smells good.
Gently start polishing your sea shell with coconut oil. To do this you can use a toothbrush or cotton buds. This great scallop that I found from the beach last weekend is very smooth so I just spread the oil with my hands. If your sea shell has very rough surface I would recommend using toothbrush.
All pretty and shiny! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
What You´ll Need
1. Paint The Bottle
Cover the whole bottle with black acrylic paint and a sponge. You can add multiple layers of paint to ensure the surface of the bottle stays smooth.
2. Add The Bead
You can get more creative with the bead you choose, as it will act as your bottle stopper. The one I used is a broken Christmas light, and I thought it was perfect. Glue the bead to the top of the bottle with adhesive glue.
For the "always" quote, you can either write it yourself or print it online like I did. You can find many printables on Pinterest. Glue the label on the bottle.
4. Add The Final Touches
To give the bottle that magical touch, I melted some black beeswax to the top of the bottle. Don´t do this without parental supervision if you are a minor! When you melt the wax, protect your work surface because the process can get messy! You don´t need to use lots of the candle wax. Just drop a little bit on top of the bottle. Many times, letting it fall naturally will create most wonderful results.
Your Severus Snape bottle is ready! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are inspired to try new things.
What You´ll Need
If you like dragons as much as I do, you are going to love making dragon eggs with this tutorial!
Place The Pins
Start placing the pins from the top of the egg and always cover a third of the previous pin in the next layer. Work all the way down to cover the entire egg. It took me about 90 pins to cover one.
Here are my two dragon eggs. At this point, they should look a bit like golden pinecones.
Paint the eggs
Pick a color you like and paint the entire egg.
I love using glitter in my craft projects. You can use basic crafting glitter or shimmering nail polish. I think it gives some extra magic to your dragon eggs. Be creative!
The dragon eggs are complete! I painted my eggs red, purple, and green. I hope you enjoy making your own!
For making the envelopes you will need:
Different types of paper (You can use scrapbook paper, old posters, tapestry or magazines)
Marker or a pencil
Once you have all your materials draw two squares using the postcard as your template. If you want to make a larger envelope use a large postcard.
Draw the "wings" of the envelope by using a ruler.
Cut the envelope out of the paper.
Bend and Glue
Bend the wings and glue them to the outer side.
You can use the same template for making all different kinds of envelopes from different papers.
If you are using dark papers you can use left-over white paper for address labels.
Pronounced as Nee-na.
Artist, illustrator, writer, watercolorist and a folklorist. Gryffinclaw. Comes from Finland. Likes cats, tea and period dramas.
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