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Elegant Shellcraft
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Craft Book: Elegant Shellcraft
by Gayle Pearson Merten
1975 Craft Course Publishers
16 Pages

Decorative accessories using natural shells

From the waters of the seven seas, through voyages across the sands of time, sea shells have forever traveled, in body and in spirit. They are carried by currents to distant shores, and are represented by art forms as ancient as Greek columns and as recent as Victorian grottoes. They come, now, to you - the sophisticated decorator of today - in an inspiring craft which utilizes their natural beauty to its fullest.

These darlings of the current mode - whose decorative possibilities you will learn about from this book - are not the gaudily painted shells of recent decades; they are, rather, the sea's own unspoiled creations, exquisite in their opaline elegance or subtle mantles of color. They are shown here in projects that celebrate the natural charm of shells in a functional way: as graceful planters for tropical house plants; as the ever-so-pink petals of dainty Ming trees; as elusive sea forms seemingly afloat in brine-white candles. Simple step-by-step instructions for making these shell projects can be gleaned by you from this book, just as the devoted shell collector gathers her harvest of cockles and cowries from the shores of the globe.

Projects include: Shellariums, Blossoming Ming Trees, Shell Embossed Candles, Shell Chimes, Mirrors with Shell Frames, Shell Basket, Shell Mushrooms, Shell Butterflies, Topiaries, Shadow Boxes, Jewelry, and Shell Flowers.



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