Plaster Craft -Hearts with Shells & Seaglass

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Here is something you could try this weekend. A quick and easy plaster craft!

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Shell and seaglass hearts that make cute little Valentines gifts. You can use them as paperweights!

easy plaster craft hearts
Having made the hearts, I think Plaster of Paris is my new best friend! There's a number of things I want to make. Ornaments and coasters being on top of my list.

plaster heart molds
Add plaster of paris to water, mix until thick but still pourable, then fill forms (found in the baking aisle of the grocery store) to desired height/thickness. That's it. I did pre-treat the forms with mold release spray, but I'm not sure if that was even necessary.

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Little air bubbles formed in the process. I tried my best to get rid of them by tapping the forms. The forms are soft, so it was a bit tricky.

plaster craft with shells
The plaster dries quickly, so I only had a few minutes to create my designs and set in the mussel shells and the tiny seaglass pieces. This was my first attempt doing a plaster craft and I can't say I thought this through. Just sprinkled on the seaglass, then had to run for a toothpick to help push down the pieces.

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An hour later, I peeled off the forms.

plaster hearts
I sanded the edges lightly, and done.

plaster paper weight
And here it is, the plaster shell heart, functioning as paperweight, sitting on top of receipts in our home office. Very useful!

Maybe you'll give this a try?

And with that, I wish you all a Happy Weekend! White Space White Space

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