Remember that metal easel I got at a garage sale recently? I wanted to try covering it in shell necklaces.
Well, it worked! I am really happy how it turned out, plus it was fun to make.
It turned out how I envisioned it and it was easy to do too!
Step one: cover the metal with cotton twine, mine was the thickest twine I could find. I started the twine with a dab of hot glue and wrapped the twine tightly, using a dab of hot glue occasionally to keep the twine tight.
Use hot glue to start the shell necklace placing the shells at a diagonal and wrap down at an angle….so you are not wrapping the shell necklace like you wrapped the twine.
Don’t worry about blank spaces as you are wrapping at a diagonal…you will have room to stagger another shell necklace if you are working on the diagonal.
I ran out of necklaces and I am glad because I like the whimsy of mixing the other shells into the mix after I wrapped the top and bottom “swirls” with the cotton twine. I didn’t want to wrap the crossbar because it would make it hard to have space for the picture. Plus the crossbar is hidden when it holds a picture.
I purchased the frame at a garage sale recently and filled it with an image I purchased at SouthPacific @ Etsy.
So gather up your shell necklaces and make your own shell encrusted beauty!