Aren’t these beautiful?
When I spotted them at Marburger Farms, last fall. I melted. It was love at first site.
Last fall, friend Lori, her mother LaRae and I spent a fun day in the antique fields at Round Top, Texas. Lori, a California girl that grew up on the beach and loves shells was smitten too and promised we would make our own. The shells appeared to be attached with lead or metal of some sort. Perhaps soldered? Lori said she would figure it out and she did! Can you say BONDO? Last Thursday, she invited me to her fabulous historic home. What a treat it was to craft these lovely creations on her old pine farmhouse table. Lori, had already made a dozen or more of these ‘pretties’ and offered me her knowledge, advice and assistance while creating my own. I had a blast! Thank you Lori, for your generosity and friendship. You have been good for me.
The following day, bff Leslie and I scoured Elmwood Antique Mall in Abilene Texas for old bottles. We stopped at Auto Zone and picked up a can of gold Bondo, so we could make more treasures. Using plastic spoons and styfoam plates we mixed small batches and attached shells to old bottles. Follow the directions, use gloves, in a well ventilated (outdoors best) area. The bondo will set fast so work quickly. When dry (30 – 60 minutes) we used acrylic craft paints to create a faux metal appearance. Black, dark brown, metallic silver combined did the trick! Experiment and enjoy the process. Be creative!
Aren’t they cool! I can’t wait to make more. Are you going to try it?