Sunday, July 22, 2012

Silvery Tree Shells


  What are those silvery things swaying in the breeze?

 Why, they are tree shells, of course!

Caution: Another glitz project!

Remember tomorrow is Life in Rehab's Glitz Hack Off (Monday, July 23 - see the button at the end of this post).  The assignment was to view her photos of items for sale at Z Gallerie and either copy-cat it or create something in the same glitzy spirit.  See Sunny's post HERE.  

I sort of jumped in the deep end and silvered and bejeweled and tagged and... well, you get the idea.  I went overboard.  So I have at least three glitzy projects loosely based on Z Gallerie merchandise.  I have never even heard of the store until Danni Baird at Silo Hill Farm challenged me to do it.  Thanks to Sunny and Danni, I have chrome fingernails, silver glaze on my pliers, and snippets of bead wire all over my work table.  Chucks said it matches my hair.  Gee, thanks!

Here is the great idea.  There was a photo of a chandelier with glass globes hanging from it with silver metal around the tops.  I liked that look and scoured through my junk, er, stash to find some glass globes.  However, in the middle of this adventure, I had to run to the Habitat store - it was half-price day.  

I found these over-sized bulbs and some ceiling fan globes that resembled shells.  I decided to make tree shells!  ( you know you have shop too much at Habitat when they save burned-out bulbs for you!)

This project is pretty simple so I will try not to be too wordy, but I am not promising.

You will notice there are three of one shape and one of another.  There was not four of a kind. (You know how rare that is!)

Use Rust-Oleum chrome paint on the inside - two coats.
Use chrome paint on the outside - two coats.

Here is an after and a before. Sorry, I never get that right.

I did not take a picture of the clear glass globes - I know you have seen hundreds of them in thrift shops.  They must multiply at night.

Whoops, strict rule:  no extra talking!

While you are spraying the globes and the screw part of the bulbs, go ahead and spray some shells, too.  Do the front and the back.  I am a nut case about finished backs!

I used this bunch for all three of my glitz projects.

As all this was drying, I glazed with taupe metallic the shell images from Karen over at The Graphics Fairy.  I cut them out and made tags.

 The giant bulbs screwed loosely into the globes and were glued in with E6000.  Silver bead wire was wrapped around the top of each with a foot long end left.

As the glued dried, I wired the shells and finished the shell tags.

Yes, there are tags.  No, there are no tassels.

Maybe I should have made tassels for a glitzy project.  No, I am thinking of a different type of tassel. Never mind!

 O-o-o-o-h,  a-a-a-a-h.

Here is a silvery tree shell with the tag and shell attached.

Look how the shape of each mimics the other.

You would almost think I planned it that way!

Now, how the heck do I hang them from the tree?

Rummaged through the bins in the pantry (where I keep hardware and tools, not food!) and found some dark green chains to hold potted plants.  I wired the chain to the tree shell with the tail of the bead wire.

These chains have a thing-a-ma-jig at the end of it that hooks back to the chain.

I was going to fill in the name for that thingy, but I still can't think of what it is called.

Here they are just a-swinging in the crape myrtle.  My neighbor thought they were cute, and two birds were definitely interested.  I just hope they are glitzy enough to sort of, kind of, resemble Z Gallerie stuff.  Even if you don't have a thing to wear to the glitz hack off, come by to see just how crazy crafters can be when letting their glitz show!

See y'all!

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  1. You are incredible, Donna!!!
    What a fun project!!!
    I want silvery thingys hanging on my tree, too!!!!

  2. Oh now I just love those Donna! You have certainly risen to the challenge! I seem to have that same shade of nail polish this week! The Glitzy hack-off has been lots of fun and made me do things I've never done before! Nice job!

  3. Fabulous, Madam, I'm way beyond impressed by your ingenuity!

  4. my fingernails are glossy white these days...
    Whow, Donna, these are so wonderful! Little silver fairies softly swinging in the branches. I would love to have a good look around in your head, so much creativity!

  5. Those are very neat! I wish I had crepe myrtle to hang things in, one of the trees that won't grow here.
    I think they too look like sweet little chubby fairies, lol! But maybe that's because I am chubby...and hungry.

  6. I love these, they turned out great! I might just have to make some like this for my backyard. :) I have nominated you for some bloggy awards so I hope you will come and check it out at

  7. Very neat! I think they actually look like ladies in long ball gowns dancing in the trees. I think you've met the challenge! Thanks for sharing at Etcetorize this week~

  8. How fantastic! You are so creative! Love the way you think. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  9. Fabulous, I love it:-) Thanks for stopping by, hugs Biljana

  10. Gosh you have been so busy, I can't keep up with all your creative activities. These things are fantastic! What a great shape those three globes have. You chose well with your glitzy goings on. Now I have to move on and see what else you have been doing. I'm wowed! Whodathunk you could just wing something like that. By the way Z gallerie is the bomb (bombdiggity if you are so inclined).

  11. Loving this too Donna!! Super interesting!!

    Thank you so very much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  12. Wow, They really look like sea shell! Love the graphics! Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  13. Thanks so much for sharing this post at my Say G'day Saturday linky party. I have given this post a Google +1 and have shared it on twitter, pinterest etc. I love your wonderful (and glitzy!) idea!

    This week's party has started so please pop by if you have a minute!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  14. I love this, we have no glitz here, shame on Krylon not giving it to us to buy. I love the shells!

  15. What a cute project! A little tree bling is good for the birds!


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