A few weekends ago I got this 24″ mirror at a garage sale for $3.00! I thought it would be perfect for a shell encrusted makeover.
I wasn’t real excited that the frame was black…but the price was right!
Step One: Completely cover the glass with paper, taping it down occasionally so the paper doesn’t move under the spray paint can pressure.
Step Two: after the paint is completely dry, experiment with the shells. I knew I wanted to use up a bag of white shells that I got at the dollar store, so the bottom and sides were going to be fast to cover, but a little boring. I wanted the top to be more ornate and unusual. This was my first design. It is handy to snap a photo because you can look at the design objectively. I didn’t like the first design.
I added in two larger shells, but the cone shaped shells got a “NO!”
I liked the dainty line of white shells which defined the shape while decorating it at the same time!
Each shell on the mirror got a dry brushing of white acrylic paint so all the shells were matching. Most of the time, I bring my creations to one of the local shops to sell, but this one is a keeper!