A couple of years ago I saw an ad for some dinnerware that included a charger made of seashells. Ever since that time, I wanted to make some. I searched and searched for the magazine but was unable to find it. I wanted to included a scan of the ad with this post. Oh, well...
My son cut out 14 inch circles from 1/4 inch luan plywood. I considered using a pre-made plastic charger but I wanted to have a little more height to work with. The plastic charger has a recessed area that holds the plate but by using a flat piece I was able to build up around the plate to give it a more 3D dimensional effect.
Yes, I made a trip to Hobby Lobby! I bought a basket of shells for $7.99 (less the 40% coupon) and some 4 ply jute string.
I spray painted the circles white. After they dried, I hot glued the jute string around the outer edge. Then I started hot gluing shells. I first arranged two rows on the outer edge as shown above. This gave me a starting point to work off of. Before I started adding more shells, I put my plate on the charger to make sure that I didn't go too high with my arranging. And here is the finished product!
After a couple of burnt fingertips, I was finished!...with one at least. It took me about 1 1/2 hours to complete one but I took my time in arranging the shells. I broke it down into four sections my gluing a larger piece on each quarter area...does that make sense? Let's see...I glued a larger piece in the 3, 6, 9, and 12 o'clock spot. Is that better? I hope so. This gave me a way to focus on a section at a time and I was able to balance out the shells.
Here is a close up. You can see where I glued the string on the edge to give it a more finished look. By placing the plate on the charger while I was working, I made sure that the height of the shells did not interfere with the plate.
I love the colors of the shells! As I said last week in my post about my coastal art, I'm loving the coastal, nautical, tropical...whatever you want to call it, look! and I think these chargers fit right in.
I am tickled pink over how they have turned out. I finished 4 of them today. Of course, after the first one, the process speeded up a little. Now, I have to figure out to store them!
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