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New Shell art idea - part 1

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:11 am
by marko
Its been a few years since I made anything from the shells collected, but due to recent visit to Navarre and being "inspired" I thought I would give it go. This is kind of a redesign of a previous idea I did, though it was bit of a fail. I was happy to see it was still hanging in the carport of the beach condo we stayed at.
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I used a string of LED lights to spell out "BEACH" inside the more translucent shells. Though not very bright, it was nice contrast once it was dark. Alas, the lights lasted about 2 months instead of the several years I thought it would. I did still find it aesthetically pleasing though. It weighed a ton but had some nice detail to it.

Fast forward to now, and the LED stuff has come quite along quite a ways. After replacing a fluorescent flat panel light in my kitchen with an LED flat panel, the idea struck me to do something different. I found a 1' x 2' LED flat panel and constructed a mundane frame around it and had a Plexiglas cut to fit it. It's very bright, so I put a dimmer switch inline. after I get some sealant to make it somewhat waterproof I will have my canvas.
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That is where it's at. It may still be a fail. I am not sure with the brightness I will be able to spell out beach or just take a different tack. I do know if the light fails it can be easily replaced.

Re: New Shell art idea - part 1

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:04 am
by AngelGirl
Yeah, no kidding, that would weigh a TON!!! But very interesting and creative!! You are an artist! What medium did you use to stick the shells together on your "canvas"?

I've made shell wreaths using the straw type wreaths as a base (Elmer's Glue for an adherent). Even using fewer shells, the wreaths were fairly heavy too.

Re: New Shell art idea - part 1

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:07 am
by AngelGirl
Years ago, we stayed in one of the cinder-block cottages on Pensacola Beach and they had a hand-made coffee table top that was an acrylic slab embedded with seashells. It was heavy as all get-out but very beautiful. I wish I had a photo of that table ... it was awesome!

Re: New Shell art idea - part 1

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:01 pm
by marko
AngelGirl wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:04 am
Yeah, no kidding, that would weigh a TON!!! But very interesting and creative!! You are an artist! What medium did you use to stick the shells together on your "canvas"?

I've made shell wreaths using the straw type wreaths as a base (Elmer's Glue for an adherent). Even using fewer shells, the wreaths were fairly heavy too.
I used just a hot glue gun on the original piece. It is also heavily coated with many layers of clear enamel which helps hold it together. Some of my other pieces yellowed a lot and some pieces came off. I do have some other glue I will try called e6000 to use to glue it to the acrylic but will use hot glue on and around it because I like to press in sand and tiny shell fragments into the seams to make it more natural looking.

Re: New Shell art idea - part 1

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:52 pm
by AngelGirl
I like the convenience of the hot glue gun but have noticed that the longevity of the pieces I've used it on, isn't very good ... and it turns yellow, too. Oddly enough, have had more success with just good ol' Elmer's Glue! LOL

Keep up the creativity!! :)

Re: New Shell art idea - part 1

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:27 pm
by lvthebch
Thank you for sharing your great ideas and pictures!