Shell Frame Tutorial by Nate Berkus

Designer Nate Berkus shows you how to make a shell frame for a mirror.

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The original source for Nate Berkus' shell frame tutorial is no longer available, so here it is in a nutshell.

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First off, he's protecting the glass of the mirror with craft paper. Then Nate creates a nice even lining on the inside with small shells. He uses two-part epoxy glue sold at any hardware store. I'm sure you can use a glue gun too. I guess Nate wanted to play it extra safe.

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After the lining is done, he places the larger shells along the outside of the mirror and allows for the glue to dry overnight. After that he fills the gaps with medium and small shells.

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And the beautiful shell frame is complete. You could be more elaborate if you wish by simply gluing on more shells. Tip: A flat frame provides a smoother gluing surface for shells, but a decorative frame will give a fuller look. See more DIY Shell Mirror Ideas.

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