Tuesday, December 20, 2016

DIY Sculpted Shell from Cotton Batting

       This cotton batting sea shell will make a lovely heirloom someday. It has an impressive "cork screw" design.  
      You may choose to finish this project by gluing glitter inside the open cup or just leave the cotton shell unadorned if you prefer.

Supply List:
  • cotton balls
  • masking tape
  • paper egg carton
  • white school glue
  • wire for hanging
  • glitter (optional)
 Step-by-Step Instructions:
  1. Cut and trim shapes from a paper egg carton. You can glue and tape these shapes into paper shells.
  2. Cover the sea shell shape entirely with masking tape.
  3. Decide in advance, where you want the hook for hanging the ornament will be and tape a wire loop down to the masked form. Add glue to the tape to make the bond more secure. This wire will get buried underneath a few layers of cotton but you can find it again with a fine needle when you are ready to add a fine wire or thread for hanging.
  4. Unravel a fist-full of cotton balls.
  5. cover the surfaces with white glue; spread this with a fingertip.
  6. Layer the cotton strips on top of the glued surface and press gently.
  7. Let this first application dry a bit and repeat the process.
  8. Now roll some of the cotton strips into long "snake like" shapes. 
  9. Squeeze the white glue out into a spiral trail around the faux sea shell. 
  10. Now twist and apply the cotton rolls into the glue.
  11. Let this dry and then apply another layer of white glue, smoothing down the surface with your fingertip as you go.
  12. Apply more cotton to the raised areas again and repeat the the glue layers until you are satisfied with the results.
  13. Twist cotton and white glue around the wire for hanging and push it through a hook embedded inside the cotton.
Masked shapes made from recycled paper egg cartons.
Drawings of California Sea Shells. Print and look at while
designing your own cotton batting sea shell crafts.

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