It was synchronistic how this project began. I had been daydreaming about how I could use capriz shells in an art project for my home and actually Googled them to see how much individual shells cost (quite cheap actually). I’ve always been crazy about the chic cascading capriz shell chandeliers that shimmer with a frosty hue, but never wanted to shell out the cash for one. Later that day, I happened upon a Home Miami magazine that was on a friend’s desk and opened it with the intent of finding inspiration. I turned a few pages and then I saw it: an ad featuring a lobby of some sort with a similar design, albeit much larger and with different colors. In my “A ha!” moment, I ripped the page out and smugly stuffed it in my pocket.
I purchased 100 2” capriz shells that already had two holes drilled on opposite ends for about $25 online. I then painted a third of them with unique abstract designs. I wanted to leave a majority of them natural so they sparkled in the light. After they dried, which was surprisingly quick, I dutifully strung each one individually with a thin piece of white string in 10 rows of 10. In the future, I’d like to add more depth to it by hanging another layer above and in between the rows.
This is one of my favorite and easiest art pieces and I’ve received so many compliments on it. Feel free to steal the idea. I have no shame admitting that I did.
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