This FUCKING project..
[This project is from Beadalicious by Sonya Nimri.]
I made a lot of substitutions in this project, so I just put what I used in the ingredients list. If you want to make this RIGHT, get ahold of the book.
What you need to make this thing:
- half of a shallow seashell (here I am using what I think is a scallop shell)
- white glue
- paintbrush for spreading glue
- "focus beads"
- seed beads
- other shiny stuff (here I used tiny sequins)
- something to support shell on (here I used a soda pop cap)
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic™
- metal charm of some sort
- Household Goop glue (I wanted to use jewelry & metal glue, but see below)
- waxed paper or kitchen parchment to protect work surface
The first step is to spread white glue over the inside of the shell and sprinkle glitter on it. I’m not allowed to use glitter in the house, so I took everything outside. The glitter I’m using is in tiny bottles originally intended for nail art.
I made a little windbreak so the shell didn’t blow away and rested it on a bottle cap to dry.
I took it inside for the next step, which is to glue “focus beads” into the glittered shell with white glue. For these beads I used a glass bead from a kit I bought at a thrift store. It had split in half.
The book also calls for seed beads and “assorted other small beads,” but doesn’t tell you what to do with them. I just globbed on some glue and tossed the seed beads on top of them.
Do NOT do this. That goddamn blob of glue took for-fucking-EVER to dry. About 12 hours. I’m not shitting you.
I got so bored that I smeared on more glue with my finger and tried adding a tiny bit more glitter and some little sequins. (Also intended for nail art. I’d show you the package, but it’s basically the same as the one in the first picture.)
At eight in the morning the glue looked clear, so I moved on to the next step. The book wants you to fill the shell with resin, but 1: I didn’t have the kind required, 2: that shit costs $21 US and 3: I am worth $54 US and change at the moment.
So I decided to use the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic™ instead because I have it and this seems to kind of be its stated purpose.
Then I was overcome with exhaustion and went back to bed.
When I got up I thought at first that the Mod Podge hadn’t dried, but it seems that pouring Dimensional Glaze™ over tacky glue makes the tacky glue go all white again. Also there is a HOLE in the glaze right over the bead half on the right. Oh well, this was gonna be ugly anyway.
Next you are to glue the charm to the top of the shell and make sure the loop extends over the shell. It’s an anchor in the book, so of course I couldn’t find one. Found a dolphin, though!
As far as I can tell the loop is so you can also use the pin as a necklace.
I was going to use jewelry and metal glue for this, but I must have fucked up last time I used the stuff because IT WOULD NOT OPEN. I even tried pliers. A knife was out of the question because this sort of glue would just bond right to it.
So I got the trusty Household Goop out of my toolbox and used that. These people should sponsor me, I use their glue so much.
The only problem with the Goop is that it doesn’t set right away. You have to wait two hours for it to cure.
The book says use hot glue to attach a pin to the back, which struck me as an easy way for the shell to fall off the fucking pin while you wear it, so I used Goop for that too:
More waiting later:
time: about a day and a half
cost: around $19 US, add 14 bucks or so more if you use resin
injuries: frustration headache
You can buy this fantastic nautical pin here.