Thursday, October 24, 2013

The "Naturals" Part 2

Shells, shells, and more shells.  Can you tell from my blog background that I love shells?  But before I continue, I want to say that most of the minis I'll be showing were not from any beach I went to.  I had to purchase most of them.  Some beaches are great for shelling, others are not.  I have never found a coral, sand dollar, starfish, seahorse, driftwood or sponge washed up on any  shore.  I have found shark's teeth, clam and scallop shells, black mother of pearl, snails and a variety of "conch" type shells.  Never the less, I want to show you what I made.


These 3 plaques are made out of Fimo I varigated  to look like colors of the ocean.  On the largest one, I put my last seahorse.  It's a little less than an 1" and my very favorite "shell"  The next one is the smallest sand dollar I have left.and is about 5/8" long.  On the last plaque is a snail, sponge, a cone type shell and a starfish. The starfish is 1/4" wide and I have never found any other quite as small.

To give you an idea how small the clam shells are:
Next, a picture is of my real sponge that I bought off of a sponge fisherman from Tarpon Springs (Florida).
My sponge in miniature.

These last two pictures are from some previous posts showing how many minis I was able to make ( Please see post about "Matty's Blue Seas Bistro, 1,2, and 3 )


I hope you've enjoyed this post and maybe have gotten some inspirations on working with shells.

Unfortunately, I am ending this post on a "sour note"  It appear that there has been another stolen miniature.
Here is the post from one of my mini groups and I do have permission to post it here.

A teddy bear was stolen from the exhibit Saturday afternoon that was sitting in the white chair next to the front door. The exhibit belongs to Rhona Lee, and needless to say she is heartbroken. The bear was very expensive, and she had been saving him to include in a special project. She does not have a picture of him, so I was hoping one of you had taken a good picture of the exhibit Saturday morning that shows the bear. I would like to post a picture of the bear online and hopefully she will be able to get him back. Rhona doesn't care who did it, she just wants the bear returned. I will post a picture of the bear if I receive one.
Rhona's address is (she gave me permission to give it out):
Rhona Lee
1455 Welburn Ave
Gilroy, CA 95020
408-847-2065

Taken from the Good Sam show October 12,13 in San Jose. Ca.  So, this is a plea to the person who took this teddy.  Please return it.  Just think how good you will feel, when working on your minis, knowing that you did the right thing

Till next time
Diane

11 comments:

  1. I like your plaques. The mini sponge is super.
    Greetings, Faby

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    1. I'm happy you like it. I just might have to open up a gift shop (in mini) and offer this "for sale"!
      Hugs
      Diane

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  2. Love the beachy minis, especially this time of year when the weather is turning cooler. Your plaques are fabulous. I have never seen such tiny shells. Great job!
    Hugs,
    Lisa

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    1. Hi Lisa!
      This is one of my favorite minis I have made for myself. I may make a mini shop or roombox someday so I can show these off>
      Hugs
      Diane

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. I love these!
      Hugs
      Diane

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  4. Hi Diane, I wish I could find these treasures of the sea. Your shells projects look fabulous! I love the delicate colors you used in your scene, it is beautiful.
    Greetings, Ilona
    www.MiniMumLoon.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Ilona,
      Thank you for the compliment! I have had these for a very long time and finally decided to do something with them. Glad you like the colors. Are you close to the ocean? I think you just moved and thought I read that somewhere.
      Hugs
      Diane

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  5. Hello! Hai fatto un lavoro bellissimo con le conchiglie sei bravissima! Kiss

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  6. I am glad you like my plaques. I'm very pleased at how well they turned out
    Hugs
    Diane

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  7. Your bistro is amazing! I really love it!
    Twoje bistro wygląda wspaniale, to nadzwyczajny pomysł na zrobienie takich miniaturek :)

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