Under the Sea Crabby Fun!

Crabs 1Summer is in full swing and I am feeling all things “Under the Sea”!  These stand up crabs from Retro Cafe Art are just the cutest things!

Using some items you probably have in your stash already makes dressing these up super easy.

Crabs 5I’ve had these Prima light bulbs forever just waiting for the perfect project to use them on.

Crabs 4Some VerDay paint makes these crabs look aged and refined.  I used iron, copper, and brass.

Crabs 3Put those seed beads to use as the perfect accent for highlights or giving the sea corals a look of bubbly perfection.  For the posts, add Finnabair’s micro beads for texture.

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Finnabair’s Art Stones provide the perfect sea bottom for my crabs to lay claim to.

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Would you like to make your own?  Follow along for a quick tutorial!

Step 1:
Apply VerDay patina paint according to the directions.  Set the crabs aside to dry and cure.

Crabs Step 1
Step 2:
Use a foam brush to apply gesso to the base.  I dabbed it on so that when it dries, it will have a grainy look between the large art stones.

Crabs Step 2
Step 3:
Using gel medium (it’s totally THE BEST adhesive), sprinkle art stones onto the base.  Tap off excess and set aside to dry, preferably overnight.  When dry, spray with a gold toned spray mist. I used Prima’s Color Bloom Spray in Empress Gold.

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Step 4:
Once the patina paint has dried, glue on Prima vintage light bulb onto the body.  Brush on gel medium onto the post and sprinkle with micro beads.

Crabs Step 4
Step 5:
Glue seed beads on using an adhesive like Diamond Glaze.  Embellish posts and the edge of the base with rhinestone trim.

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Step 6:
Paint coral pieces and add beads.  Assemble crabs and glue into place.  I liked how mine tilted to the sides a bit so that’s how I glued them.

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Supply List:
Crab Sticks Specimen Stand Ups Kit

Chipboard Coral Cut Outs

VerDay Paint & Patina System

Finnabair Art Stones

Finnabair Soft Matte Gel Medium

Prima Color Bloom Spray “Empress Gold”

Gold Faux Rhinestone Trim

Judikins Diamond Glaze

Finnabair Micro Beads “Copper”

Prima Light Bulbs

Golden Acrylic Paint

Heidi Swapp Color Shine “Coral”

Seed Beads

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