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Topic: Flower Brooch made entirely of pistachio shells! - REPOST- MORE PICTURES!!  (Read 31100 times)
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« on: September 15, 2009 05:31:01 PM »

This is a repost... hopefully the pictures can be seen this time!  Grin
If it works I will delete the other one!

These Brooches are definitely some of my favorite! These are my pistachio shell brooches, made entirely out of pistachio shells which are all hot glued onto a wooden disk and then painted different colors. I LOVE pistachios and for some reason struggle to throw away those cute little shells. I was determined to make something out of them!

These brooches are 3 1/2" and less than 1" tall.





I painted the red one by hand, and added a slight gold finish on the outside.



The brown and green one were spray painted, which was WAY easier!





It's just expensive to buy a ton of colors in spray paint, not to mention I have to go outside!
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2009 05:41:02 PM »

These are a superb idea, and I love the way the colour came out. You should make some that can be worn in an up-do! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2009 05:57:59 PM »

Wow! I love these Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2009 06:08:36 PM »

These are super adorable! I love them. I also have trouble throwing away those cute shells!
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2009 06:25:07 PM »

I am so glad you reposted this as I was sooo curious after seeing the tiny thumbnails.  I can't decide if I like the green or brown one more.  They are really fun to look at.  From the top they don't look like pistachio shells. 

Just wondering, are they heavy? 
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2009 07:23:12 PM »

wow these are totally awsome i love the green one when u shell them do they come out whole or do they break would love to try this out
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2009 07:32:14 PM »

I think they're fab!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2009 07:58:45 PM »

Wow these are awesome!!!! I love those little shells too! My mom used to draw little faces on them Smiley This ROCKS!
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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2009 08:31:15 PM »

Really pretty and inventive idea! 
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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2009 08:49:09 PM »

Just wondering, are they heavy? 

No, in fact they are really light! the wooden disk is pine which is super light and then the shells are really lightweight as well, these aren't like sea shells which can be quite heavy when clustered.

And to answer another question, pistachio shells are partially split when you get them and then you just split it apart to get the nut, kind of like oysters. pistachios are like "bicuspids" (Oh man pulling out my high school biology lingo!).

So pleased you like them!
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