Saturday, 3 April 2010

Resin paperweight with quilled seaweed and real sea shells

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!


  1. Very pretty! The reflection effect is so neat.

  2. Thanks, Ann. I like the way the shells look as though they are floating!

  3. As you are creative. This combination of quilling with resin opens new possibilities. I am very happy with their findings. Congratulations!



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