Seashore Modern Art

Susan W Bosscawen
by Susan W Bosscawen
4 Materials
10 Minutes
This past summer, we went to the beach for a few days and I found a large piece of sea sponge. Large for the North Carolina coast anyway. I picked it up and tossed it in the car for our ride back home.

I propped it on the bookcase until I could decide what to do with it. I thought about incorporating into the shell mirror. It was too large for that.
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Just an ordinary piece of sea sponge picked up while walking on the beach glued to a marble base.
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The base is 5" x 7" and I used Loctite glue. Today, I'd use E6000. I've had no problem with the Loctite, but the E6000 is my go-to for everything.
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I stopped in a granite countertop warehouse and planned to purchase a small scrap to make my base. They graciously cut me the size I wanted from a scrap, polished the edges, and wouldn't let me pay. I will return to them for my countertops! A piece of wood or wood plaque purchased from Hobby Lobby or any craft store, painted in your color preference, would work, too.

Before gluing the sponge to the base, I flipped it over and added 4 silicone pads to protect my furniture.
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To dust, I just wipe gently around it. I've also sat it in the shower and rinsed it off with cold water. Let dry in tub.

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Suggested materials:
  • Marble base   (Countertop warehouse)
  • Sea sponge   (found at beach)
  • Loctite glue   (Home Depot)
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  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jul 21, 2017
    Well done! It is so nice to see the coastal look embraced without being kitschy.

  • Susan W Bosscawen Susan W Bosscawen on Jul 22, 2017
    Thanks! Some things can get to looking like a tired tourist trap. When you have time, come see us at Would love for you to join in.