Mottled Copper Seashell Jewelry Dish

May 9, 2015Allison Murray
Seaside keepsakes become gorgeous bowls perfect for jewelry or small odds and ends.

Seaside keepsakes become gorgeous bowls perfect for jewelry or small odds and ends.

Bling, bling! Hello? That’s me trying to explain how I’m starting to really like wearing shiny stuff again. Mostly bracelets to be honest but I’m starting to get a real appreciation of necklaces and rings!

Working from home isn’t exactly a glamorous career. Right now, as I type, I’m wearing a pair of purple cotton shorts that are too short to go in public in, my tee shirt with a koala on it that says “totally koala-fied” and a cardigan. Because it totally makes sense to wear short shorts and a sweater… Oh, and I have on a bra today – go me! But to be honest that is just because I had to run into town today and I’m too lazy to take the bra off. After all, it is a sports bra and that isn’t a pop it off kind of a situation. It takes more work than that including having to calm your static-y hair afterward and I just don’t have time for that today.

Seaside keepsakes become gorgeous bowls perfect for jewelry or small odds and ends.

Maybe it’s because I’ve gotten more opportunities to dress up? It’s pretty exciting because I’ve gone from a total homebody to having put 3000 miles on my car in 2 months. Seriously! I’m going to museums and art show openings and nice restaurants where you can’t wear purple gym shorts and a tee shirt with a koala on it. And accessorizing was always my thing back in the day and it’s getting to be again.

Seaside keepsakes become gorgeous bowls perfect for jewelry or small odds and ends.

Since I’m taking off rings and bracelets and sometimes even earrings all over the house, I’ve started making jewelry dishes for myself. And since I got to spend a little slice of time on a beach and have plans to go back I’m all about the nautical things. I guess that’s why I used a shell for inside my office!

For this project you will need:

Seaside keepsakes become gorgeous bowls perfect for jewelry or small odds and ends.

Here are my seashells. Now I actually collected seashells on the beach just for crafting with. I thought it would be neat and nostalgic. A great reminder of a great trip. BUT I forgot them in Rob’s car. Undeterred I snapped up some seashells at the craft store instead! You can get all sorts of shells to use so pic your favorites!

Seaside keepsakes become gorgeous bowls perfect for jewelry or small odds and ends.

Now here’s a little tip for ya… when you have something you can’t really tape off, if it isn’t humongous, stick it in a bowl of rice. Shove it down nice and tight. I normally use broken rice I get from the Asian supermarket because it’s cheap and the small pieces do really well. This is parboiled and it’s considerably bigger but it did the job! Save your rice as it can be used over and over!

Seaside keepsakes become gorgeous bowls perfect for jewelry or small odds and ends.

And get after it! I used Krylon copper foil metallic because I’m totally digging it right now. So pretty!

Seaside keepsakes become gorgeous bowls perfect for jewelry or small odds and ends.

Look at that! Boom! The bottom is nice and clean with minimal effort!

Seaside keepsakes become gorgeous bowls perfect for jewelry or small odds and ends.

Mix up 1/2 to 1 ounce of clear resin. Pour over the back side of your shell and allow to cure.

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Mix up another 1/2 to 1 ounce of resin and coat the inside of the shell. Your paint will separate and become mottled. How nifty, eh? Totally learned this by accident one day!

Seaside keepsakes become gorgeous bowls perfect for jewelry or small odds and ends.

I wanted more copper left behind than what I was getting, so I hit the still liquid resin with another dose of spray paint to cover more. I tilted my shell so the excess would pool in that divot of the shell and be less noticeable. Allow to fully cure.

Seaside keepsakes become gorgeous bowls perfect for jewelry or small odds and ends.

Set on my dark tabletop I think it my new jewelry dish pops very, very well!

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And if you’re wondering why we went to all of the effort to coat this thing in resin it’s simply because shells can be very delicate things. This will help give it some protection and heft so it doesn’t tip over so easily and when it does it doesn’t break immediately!

Set out with some of my favorite things and I’m really happy with my little mottled copper seashell jewelry dish. What do you think?

Seaside keepsakes become gorgeous bowls perfect for jewelry or small odds and ends.

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