I have just un-moulded the paperweight I have made for my friend who wanted one with sea shells inside - and here it is:
I have used real sea shells collected in the Isles of Scilly, and added a little bit of quilling to represent seaweed in amongst them. These have all been set between two layers of clear casting resin in a dome-shaped mould, using the method described in my earlier Quilled Paperweight post.
I love the way the dome shape creates multiple reflections of the objects set within the resin.
The shells I have used are some of my favourites from numerous beach-combing expeditions on the beautiful beaches of Scilly. I have literally thousands of these shells, mostly displayed in glass vases and jars, plus a collection of really tiny ones that can be used in card-making. And I hope to collect many more next month when I visit the famous Shell Beach on Herm in the Channel Islands - a place I have wanted to go to for many years.
Happy Easter everyone!