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Children's Crafts - How to make a Flower and Butterfly Shell Model

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Shell flower and butterfly craft project from www.walkaboutcrafts.com

For the butterfly:
You will need:
2 thin tellin valves for the wings
cerith for the body
salmon bone for the antennae
small tellin valve for the base

Glue the wings to each side of the body - allow the aperature end of the cerith, which represents the head of the butterfly to portrude slightly. Support the wings with small balls of modelling clay while the glue dries. Glue the body and wings to the base. Place a spot of glue on the head and attach short pieces of fish bone to make antennae.

For the flower:
You will need:
six banded wedge valves (all from the same side of the shell) for the petals
limpet for the seedhead
two tusks for the stem
two mussel valves for the leaves
banded carpet valve for the base

Arrange the petals in a star shape, concave side downwards, and glue them together. Make a long stem by gluing the two tusks together. Stick them to the base and then glue a leaf on each side. Glue the flower head to the stem and then cover the top with the seed head. You could also glue a butterfly (using two half shells) to the flower head.

'Project submitted by Damien Myatt from Beach Crafts'

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