Friday, October 15, 2010

Vintage Bottles and Seashells

You may have seen these sea shell creations before - many manufacturers have tried to copy them, but they just don't look quite right as a mass produced coastal decorating accent.  

Fake shells?  Painted glass bottles? 

I am so thankful that there's just no way to really duplicate nature's art. 


These little sculptures combine two of my favorite things; the absolutely stunning beauty
of nature's sea shells, and vintage  beach-washed glass. When looking for the best of these shell art pieces, I look for vintage glass that has the most interesting colors of the sea; aqua, violets, and ambers... 

I also look for curves and different shapes - the more unique the better! 


I simply adore them.  


I love scouring art fairs, flea markets, and have even spotted them on Etsy and Ebay. Can you believe that there are so many talented coastal artists???


Here's a great example from my friend Cheryl's Etsy site - Cross Bottles!      Love her designs - many of which are carried by Wisteria. 


Each vintage bottle is different, and each shell has its' own personality. Every single one of these shell bottles is a one-of-a-kind small art piece.


Group them together for maximum impact...fabulous mixed with other sea treasures! (Picture taken at the Warmth Company in Aptos, CA - see previous blog post for more info! - Warmth Co.)




Or maybe just one spectacular example by itself....





11 comments:

michelle said...

They are so beautiful!! I love the sea fan one!

Love of the Sea said...

Wow - these are just so gorgeous. I Love them is a display.

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Oh my goodness, these are gorgeous. It would be difficult to pick a favorite because each is unique and beautiful.

pam@ iLoveShelling said...

That first picture of the coral is stunning! All of them are beautiful but that one knocked off my socks (flip flops)!

Barbara said...

Love your banner. Nothing like being by the beautiful sea. Great post.
BarbaraG

Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea said...

I love every single one of them, Caron! Beautiful photographs

Hope you're enjoying your weekend!!

Hugs.

Flotsam Friends said...

Yes Caron, they are stunning. I particularly like the black coral. They look amazing as a collection too. Pruxxx

sealaura said...

love the coral one and the sea fan one is my fave! gorgeous!

Beach House Living said...

Simply stunning!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I'm just landing here now..., and have also sea bottles posted this weekend! And aren't these amazing!! I had featured the Wisteria bottles, now I know where they came from!!!

jenna @ alittlebleu said...

you definitely can't go wrong with vintage bottles + seashells!!

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