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Mermaid Saphira
01-24-2012, 04:49 PM
This post could also fit under accessories but I thought I would put it here....

Anyway, this may be a stupid question but I wanted to know if you can use real
sea shells in the water. I want to make a mermaid top with lion paw shells from the
craft store but I would like to be sure that you can use them in the water before I start.

Thanx in advance :D

Artisankatie
01-24-2012, 05:45 PM
Shells will be fine in water - don't use dried starfish or other dead animals though, because they'll go soft and start rotting. I've got lion paw shells on my top :)

Mermaid Saphira
01-24-2012, 05:57 PM
^ Thanx for your help! No starfish..got it! LOLZ :D thanx again

RÍveD'eau
01-26-2012, 03:32 AM
Yes, I use Lion Paw's on all the seashell tops I make. They are sturdy and large. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.145205028894278.37501.125049947576453&type=3

Mermaid Saphira
01-26-2012, 03:57 PM
^ AMAZING!!! U r such an inspiration to me! I'm so excited to get started!!!! :D

Lyna
08-03-2012, 11:11 PM
hmm...i knew real starfish would stink...but i didnt think about them rotting and falling apart....darn. cuz i've been putting them on everything!

Raivynn
08-12-2012, 10:36 AM
Can't clear resin be used to seal dried starfish/seahorses (yes, I've seen these in craft stores!!) so they can be used in the water?

Lyna
08-12-2012, 01:37 PM
i would hope so...because i much prefer starfish over shells.

Blondie
08-12-2012, 06:25 PM
Whenever I collect shells at the beach, I put them in a bucket with some bleach and let it sit for an hour.

Then the dead fish smell fades completely and they're all cleaned off :) It works very well!

Sea Pearl
08-21-2012, 12:28 AM
I've just made a mermaid shell top which has since been exposed to the water and so far the shells have been fine. I got them from Hobby Lobby.

Lyna
08-21-2012, 01:13 AM
the dollar tree has entire baskets of real shells for a buck. mostly lion paw shape-ish...but some of them have some amazing conchs and other more rare shells. it's like playing lotto scratcher with nature baskets. lol

Sea Pearl
08-21-2012, 12:44 PM
the dollar tree has entire baskets of real shells for a buck. mostly lion paw shape-ish...but some of them have some amazing conchs and other more rare shells. it's like playing lotto scratcher with nature baskets. lol

I'll defiantly have to look in the dollar tree now if I want any more shells!