Pistachio Nut Shell Art

Corlette T. Baylock from Cleveland incorporates pistachios into paintings and drawings. There is no end to Corlette's nutty projects, from men's ties to women's bracelets to decorative bar stools to children's shadow boxes.

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Materials and Tools:

pistachio shells
mat board
glue
staples
pencil
fine-tip pen
wood strips
eye screws
wire
wood finishing spray
staple gun
saw
ruler
pencil
water color paint

Steps:

1. Prepare the shadow box (Nut Case): Measure and cut four pieces of wood. Glue wood together to form a box and let dry.

2. To create the art: Create an original drawing or mount a photo or other clip art onto mat board.

3. Draw faces onto pistachio shells. Glue faces onto art work or photo.

4. Attach artwork to shadow box. Spread a bead of glue on all four sides of the mat board. Lay the bottom of the shadow box over glued sides of the mat board and position so the art work is centered in the shadow box.

5. Apply paint or wood finish to the shadow box.

6. Finish off the back of the shadow box with brown paper.

Web site: www.artonthehalfshell.com

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