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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Cockles and mussels alive o live-o *

and that is the closest I will go towards singing a ditty lol.

I recently had some mussels in garlic sauce - really yummy but the enjoyment did not end there.  I cleaned the shells out scrubbed them and decided to home them in my craftroom.  

For my DT project for Rhedd's Creative Spirit July  ANYTHING GOES challenge I altered 2 mussel shells and transformed them into something resembling a Steampunk Butterfly embellishment.

I broke the top edges of 2 seperate shells and glued them back together at a different angle and to make them a little more secure.  Now I have the basis of my steampunk butterfly embellishment for which I will use for a project I have in mind at a later date.

I painted the shells in browns and black and used watch parts to decorate it up.  A couple of scraps of chain down the centre for the body and hangy tails.  I had a  skeleton dagger charm so attached the butterfly to it as a basis.  I wiped inka gold over the top - that's it all done.

Note to self for future shell work - work on the shells separately and glue together at the end lol - would have made life a little easier.

Now for the pics






Why not head on over to Rhedd's Creative Spirit and join in with our monthly challenge of Anything goes as long as it is altered art/mixed media and leave some love for the DT while you are there.  They are a fabulously talented bunch of girlies.

Hugz and love to all

Elaine xx

21 comments:

  1. Beautiful piece of embellishment and very creatively crafted, Elaine.

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  2. WOW, I love this! Super creative and originally tasty, too. LOL Thanks so much for joining us in the dungeon at HDH. xxD

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    1. Thanks Donna - I love mussels so an excuse to eat more lol x

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  3. WOW, I love this! Super creative and originally tasty, too. LOL Thanks so much for joining us in the dungeon at HDH. xxD

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  4. This piece blew me away when I first saw it Elaine, beautifully crafted and just so unusual.
    Loving the Steampunk style...just fabulous...xx

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    1. Thanks Sandra - I have to admit i like this so much myself. Will be using on a later project I am sure, no idea what though lol x

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  5. Being allergic to shellfish, mussels wouldn't be the the first thing I'd think of when deciding on something to alter!
    I'm so very glad that you did though, because this is stunning. LOVE it! x

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    1. Bagsy I will eat them for you hun lol xx

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  6. Beautiful work elaine. Great design and love the creativity. Judy

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  7. How clever and stunningly creative. Love it. Thank you so much for joining us at Crafting from the Heart challenge. Good Luck.

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  8. What a very cool take on summer! Fresh seafood is definitely yummy in the summertime. You have created a wonderfully imaginative piece. Thanks so much for joining the Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp!

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    1. I did enjoy eating them - I have recently used pistachio nut shells for a roof which will be going live soon - just an excuse to eat the produce forst lol x

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  9. Fab steampunk design. Love all the details. Thanks for playing at 613 Avenue Create and good luck. Hope to see you back sunday for a new challenge. Bettina DT Member 613 Avenue Create xx

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  10. Brilliant idea and project,love all the steampunk embellishments
    carol x

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  11. Heheheh - seriously??? I am blown away by this project Elaine. Would you believe that I have never eaten or even seen a mussel shell? Nope. Soooooo that will help you understand why I am so utterly intrigued by your INCREDIBLY FABULOUS butterfly. WOW. WOW. WOW. So glad I scrolled down on your blog or I would have missed this. WOW. Now THAT is what I call ART. Wow. LOVE LOVE LOVE. xxj.

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  12. Such a beautiful and clever piece! Love it!
    Thanks for playing in the dungeon with us at HDH.

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Hugz Elaine xx

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