Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings
“Tutorial For A Shabby Mermaid Bust” – Patricia And Rebecca from northandsouthshabby
Recently I was reviewing my Pinterest repins. A comment made on our vintage jewelry anchor caught my eye; “Beach decor-can’t decide if it’s tacky or cool! Shabby Beach/Coastal Cottage style may not be for everyone, but I love it. If you don’t love it, stop reading right here, because you’ll definitely won’t like this project!
DIY Shabby Mermaid Bust
My mom found this bust at a salvage shop. Pretty, but it sat there for a while before I decided what I wanted to do with it.
Then I thought, how cute would she be if I made her a mermaid?
A bust. This one was found at a salvage shop.
E6000 adhesive (Don’t even try this with another glue. You’ll have wasted a lot of time.)
A small paintbrush.
Judykin’s Diamond Glaze
Various shells, sea glass, coral
Glue gun/glue sticks
Start by squeezing a bit of E6000 onto a piece of foil. Just dab a shell into the E6000, really just a little is all it takes. Squeeze a couple of dots of hot glue on top of the E6000. Press to your figurine for a few seconds. The E6000 forms the permanent bond, the hot glue forms the “fast bond”. Alone, the silicone based E6000 will slide around, but not when topped with the hot glue. Really, try it!
I started my figurine with one of my leftover Vintage Jewelry Starfish from my Christmas sale, and worked my way around her head. I realize not everyone has previously made Vintage Jewelry Starfish lying around, but get creative. An old brooch would look great, or a starfish covered in glass glitter.. or just leave it out. I like that it creates a unique focal point.
Add, layer, fill in the spots…
I added Limpet Shells at the bottom to create a “Mermaid Scale” look..
Next. You’ll have spider web strands of glue everywhere..anyone that’s ever used a glue gun knows what a pain they are! But did you know if you hit it with a blow dryer, pouf! They’re gone!
Lastly, add Judykin’s Diamond Glaze. I love this product so much! It’s a very thin, very clear(non-yellowing) adhesive/top coat. It just kind of insures it’ll all stay together. Drip some out of the bottle, and spread out with the paintbrush. Work in small areas, letting dry in between.
And she’s done! Just love how she came out! Now – to sell, or keep?
Thanks for looking and happy crafting! -Rebecca
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