Sand Cast Heart with Sea Shells
Why bother making beach art? Throughout the day, I often walk past the beach decor I've created and it truly does lift my spirits. Sometimes I stare at it and then close my eyes to remember that peaceful ocean feeling and days spent with loved ones at the beach. Putting memories on your walls is so much more meaningful than buying a cheap piece of art you care little about. Life is like that as well. Decorate your life with memories. How? By cherishing the people around you and really living in the moment. Don't let "The tyranny of the urgent" take over. We can spend a million minutes of time on things that matter little while the family we love so much gets left behind. So pick up that phone, call your sister or that old, dear friend. That is how you fill your life with memories that matter.
Materials: Sand, Plaster of Paris, shells., sea glass, paperclips or bent wire (for hangers). Make sure your sand is slightly moist, enough to hold it's shape when manipulated.draw a heart in the sand with a knife.
Take the back edge of a spoon and dig out a 1/2" to 1" deep impression within the heart. Don't go to much deeper than this as the heart can become extremely heavy. Make sure your edges are upright and firm.
Next, put the shells, sea glass and star fish - pretty side DOWN. experiment with this process. The shells should be pretty flat against the sand.
Now mix up the plaster according to the directions on the package, you will need about 4 cups for this size heart. Spread the plaster evenly into the sand mold, about an inch thick, and place two paper clips or 2 bent wires into the heart before it starts to dry (this heart is very heavy and almost impossible to glue onto something, you need hangers!). Wait about an hours for it to dry.
Carefully lift the heart out of the sand and brush off the excess. You can add shells, if you feel it didn't have enough, with a thick tacky glue (Aleene's). If you have to shave a bit of plaster off the edges...do it carefully!