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I have a LOT of shells laying around. I collect them from beaches I’ve been to, and sort of just save them up, for, well, things like this. I already did a post about Mermaid Trinket Dangles where I mixed these seaside offerings with vintage chandelier crystals and pearls. But, here, is art you can wear; golden, gilded hair clips.

 This tutorial was inspired by these Valentino Shell hair clips, from the designer’s 2015 Spring/Summer show. You know I love a designer look for less, and these practically cost pennies to make. Plus, it’s super easy too.

I made one big comb and two smaller bobby pins (I merely decorated crystal bobby pins from Claire’s stores I got for 50 cents). Obviously I love sparkle, so I think the gems add the perfect touch. Don’t use skinny, regular bobby pins because the shells will just plain fall off. I’d use a think clip, plastic hair comb or something sturdier.

Step 1: Gather materials. Needed are small shells, E600 Glue or hot glue, gold spray paint, hair clips or combs.

Step 2: Simply spray your shells with gold. Wait till dry, then glue to clips! If your shells aren’t flat, I sometimes use hot glue to fill up the shell inside and glue to the plastic comb. It works better than E600 glue. Don’t choose a real skinny clip or bobby pin either. It won’t hold!

Pretty straightforward right! You don’t just have to stick to hair clips here; glue them to cuff bracelets and mix with crystal flat backs for a total luxe look. Hmmm, maybe my next tutorial?! We’ll see!

All photos copyright Allison Beth Cooling. Don’t post or reuse without linking to me and crediting me!


Love it.


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