Shell Art: A Handbook for Making Shell Flowers, Mosaics, Jewelry, and Other Ornaments

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Take a look at the beautiful color illustrations of shell art on the cover and in the color insert of this book. All these beautiful creations were made from sea shells, and some are even part of valuable art collections. Using gathered and purchased shells of numerous species, sizes, and colors, you too can make beautiful shell flowers and other kinds of shell art with this handbook to guide you. After telling you how and where to collect specific kinds of shells, the author explains how to prepare them for use and lists materials and tools necessary for making shell flowers. She then describes the basic forms of flower making: how to make flower parts, buds, and foliage; how to produce some 50 specific flowers; from bridle-wreath and buttercups to viburnum and zinnia; and how to arrange and care for yor shell bouquet. She then shows you how to use shells to make shell mosaics, underwater pictures, montages and other decorations, shell animals and dolls, and shell jewelry. 41 drawings, 11 photographs, and 14 color photographs illustrate procedures and finished articles. You need no knowledge of botany or ability in craft work to follow the author's instructions and begin making shelf flowers that are both beautiful and botanically accurate. The Victorian art of making flowers of natural-colored sea shells inspired the writing of this book, and this book will certainly inspire the revival of this wonderful craft among many shell collections.

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