Looking at the Sea Wrack

My youngest sister lives in Florida on the beach. Not that she’s a beach bum but she and her husband live at Tiki House in Pensacola Beach. It is a beautiful and spacious place. We’ve visited and want to visit again soon – COVID permitting. After the big double whammy of Marco and Laura and followed by Sally (who was no one’s “sweet babboo”), there was what she termed a beach wrack. The items washed up included seaweed, some dead things, plastic and glass and a ton of shells. These were not the pretty shells but the broken and crushed ones. She got an idea and after some trial and error she made some shell orbs. They are spectacular. During a phone conversation she challenged me to make one in clay… Challenge accepted!
Her orbs: (she has completed 6 of them) and to top it off she even lighted one of them!
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My orb: (I just made one but took photos from several sides)
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It was a fun exercise but I think I need to add a little pearlescent highlights to the interior of a couple of the twists.

37 thoughts on “Looking at the Sea Wrack

    1. She is having a lot of fun since most people just bypass the broken shells. With the recent hurricanes there are more than the usual number of broken ones. I told her she would have to start gifting them or selling them if she runs out of room in the house!

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    1. Hehe! She would! I’ve been making orbs for years and it was a natural progression for her to give it a try – no kiln for her so she found the perfect media… I think they are spectacular and I wanted to brag on them. I’m hoping I get one for Christmas!

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    1. Hehe! We are 2 yards off the same bolt. She inherited the number genes and I got the words. So poetry isn’t one of the things she currently does – her daughter on the other hand is a wonderful poet/artist.

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  1. Very cool…ahh the memories of shell hunting on the beach after a storm in Fl. After my youngest and I got up following a night of howling wind, she and I decided to inspect the beach. OMG. We found it covered in shells and sea urchins. We filled a couple of plastic bags and set around inspecting and admiring our ‘loot’. Now the problem was sniffed out on the way back to Indiana somewhere in Tn. That’s when I opened the trunk to find the dead body smell. LMAO…. Monica and I still crack up every time we see shell art. And I have some in my home. One of my sisters lives in Fl and gave me a beautiful mirror surrounded in shell art. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. I haven’t asked. She just combined two households (they sold the house in Atlanta) and now have more stuff than she knows what to do with… I suppose I should gift her one but maybe not the clay version of the shell orb.

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  2. My dad is in St. Petes and the same thing, tons of shells and other stuff. The great idea your sister had works perfectly because there are so many shells that are not whole but can still be beautiful. I find conch shell “tops” all the time but what can you do with just the top? How is she gluing them into the orb shape? I would think an idea might be to almost make two “bowls” and the glue them together. Also what kind of glue is she using?
    Yours is out of clay! That is a really cool idea too! I love new ideas, even though I have enough craft ideas already to keep me busy probably for the rest of my life! Lol!

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    1. She was describing her technique – she tries to interlock the edges sort of like puzzle pieces. I believe she is using an epoxy glue (one of the ones designed for glass). She starts with a ring and then builds on top until she had half of the orb. Once that is dry she does the same thing for the other half and then fits them together. She is able to insert the lights before putting the halves together. I’ve been making ceramic orbs for ages (I’m still in my spherical phase). Having hobbies keeps us out of trouble!!

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