Remember this post where I showed you my favorite purchase from Atlanta?
Well, this is actually what I pulled out of the box when it arrived at my home:
Aaaahhh! Actually, I had prepared myself for something to be broken. I just expected it. I really thought that it might be broken in half, but this break turned out to be much better that a clean split would have been. This one wasn't too hard to fix.
I started by gathering up all of the pieces I could find in the box. I could hear some rattling around inside the shell, so I shook and shook until they all fell out. There were about a million (almost ;-). My first plan was to try to piece and glue them all back together, but the more I thought about it I knew that wouldn't work. This thing is heavy and the broken part is on the bottom, right where all of the weight would rest.
So, I brainstormed with my sister and she suggested trying clay. Brilliant idea! I went to Hobby Lobby and picked this one. I had no idea what kind to get other than I knew I wanted a clay that would air-dry.
As soon as I opened the box the smell transported me back to my elementary school art class. We got to do a clay project each year and that wet, gray, mushy clay triggered many memories of those times. I got to work mashing big globs of the clay into the hole. I filled it totally in and molded the ridges along the top to match what was already there.
The clay was super easy to work with, and I just added a little bit of water to my fingers if it started to get too dry.
I wanted to try and match the texture of the shell, so I found an old bottle brush under my sink and pressed the bristles in to match the spots that were already on the shell. I also used a knife to make long ridges.
The package did state that the clay would shrink as it dried, so this is what I had the next day:
I thought about filling it in with more clay and letting it dry again, but I thought I would just keep having the same problem with the shrinking. The clay that was there and dry was nice a solid and attached well, so I just grabbed a tube of paintable caulk and filled in the cracks. I smoothed it out a little with my fingers when all of the holes were filled in and let it dry.
Everything looked good! I picked out a few colors of craft paint and mixed the best I could to match the shell and here's the result:
I'm happy with how it turned out, considering the big hole I started with! It's now sitting happily on the dresser in my entry way full of gourds and pumpkins.
The next time we take a trip, I'm buying something small!