Blue Mussel wreath

I collected mussel shells along with the kids last Wednesday at Fay Bainbridge beach. It was low tide and a good day for finding sea glass, too, though I don’t have enough of that yet for a project. The mussel muse in me produced a wreath, after playing with various configurations and adhesives.

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Good to know:

*hot glue just won’t stick to mussel shells. Peels right off.
*A fine-gauge wire can be threaded through the ones with whelk holes. One could make some interesting sculptures that way.
*plain old Elmer’s glue holds just fine, and doesn’t obscure the nacre very much.

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5 thoughts on “Blue Mussel wreath

  1. That’s really beautiful. I’d love to see it actually hanging in your home. A lot of times I see things that I like, but then I don’t know how to display them properly. You seem to have a natural knack for that.

  2. I love this free style of wreath. i ve collected and eaten many mussels and love the idea of making a wreath. most of the ones online are very riggid and perfect looking which nature is never! this is beautiful. i have made many tropical sea shell wreaths but never a mussel wreath. what do you use as a base? wire,wood or twig? thanks

    • Hi Jan! I didn’t use a base at all–the glue held the wreath together quite tightly. Thanks for the compliments and happy wreathing to you. šŸ™‚

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