Last month my wonderful husband took me to Belize for 9 glorious days. Let me just say that I absolutely LOVE that place. It is beautiful, the people are so nice, the food is good. I could go on and on, but I did that on my other blog and this one is about being a little bit creative, so you can read my other blog if you are interested in travel. This is the address if you are: pebblepirouette.blogspot.com .
So we are on this island, soaking up the sun and warmth because it is still cold where we live at the beginning of April. I love shells. I always bring some back when we go to the beach. One day my sweet husband brought me this conch shell that he found when he was fishing. It didn’t look like the conch shells I usually see when they are at someone’s house. I figured I could do the work and clean and preserve it myself.
The conch had just recently finished using it. It looks like it was forcibly removed from it’s home. My husband said that the fishermen that harvest conch put a hole in the shell so that the conch doesn’t have suction to hold on anymore. Then the fisherman takes the animal out. We saw a few still using their home and they are quite big. I was surprised.
The first thing you do is soak it in a mixture of half bleach and half water, for 24 hours. This will do a few things. It will clean all of the sand out and more importantly, it will clean out any bacteria that will start to smell over time. We don’t want the nasty smell in the house.
|The shell before I did anything to it. See the darker colors on the shell?|
The next step is to use baby oil and cotton pads or cotton balls and completely cover the shell with the oil. You can use vegetable or olive oil if you would rather, but I like the smell of baby oil. Again, be careful with the edges so you don’t chip them.
I did three coats, letting it dry about 12 hours between coats. The shell will suck up the oil because it is dry.
That is the whole process. When the shell is dry, display it for the world to see. Mine is going on the top shelf of my bookcase, but my husband hasn’t built it yet. I know you can purchase already cleaned up shells on the beach, but I had fun fixing mine myself, plus my husband gave it to me, so it’s more special.
The finished product. Isn’t it pretty?
Here is a picture of Nick and I on the beach. I would stay there forever if I could.
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