Hearts and Pearls

     Ornaments aren't just for Christmas, at least the clear ones aren't. I thought I'd try keeping some marimo in them even if the glass is kind of fragile. The brand of ornament comes from the brand Darice which I bought off Amazon. The size is 60 mm.

Hearts and Pearls by Maridan Valor; If this inspires you to make your own project, marimo or not let me know. I'd love to see what you come up with. If you copy this look please give credit, thank you.
If this inspires you to make your own project, marimo or not let me know.
I'd love to see what you come up with.
If you copy this look please give credit, thank you.

     I kind of just made the "frosting" last night with the pearls and hearts last night on a whim while making another project. Since I didn't want to ruin the ornament if I failed, I first set down some cling wrap which it peeled right off when it dried.

    The "frosting" is off white sort of light tan silicone, I was trying to use up a small tube of it that I was given. Please use this in a well ventilated area or at least keep it across a large room. It stunk, bad but it's the bathroom kind so it won't mold when it gets soaked time after time which is perfect around a marimo ornament. Since it wasn't attached to the ornament, I just pressed it on and it stuck but in the future I might need to use double sided tape or hot glue if I don't decide to make interchanging frosting mounds, maybe I'll figure out how to do chocolate next time.

     The pearl heart cabochons I bought during a sale but you can probably find them anywhere. The little pearls are off an old strand I bought at a thrift shop, just painted beads off an old cotton strand I took apart to use for crafts. I just pressed them into the fresh silicone to dry in place.

     The little acrylic diamonds used inside the ornament I bought separately, each color. Sorry I don't have a link but I bought them a few years ago off Amazon in a pack of 1000 (I think) Size is 4 or 4.5 if I remember right.
pink  (baby pink)
honey  (probably my favorite, so soft and pretty and I think the real color name was Gold)
diamond  (clear, really nice quality acrylic, not foggy at all)

     Hey! Do I have your attention? I need help naming this marimo. I don't want names like Valentine even though I did create it on Valentines day. I like the theme hearts and pearls so maybe along those lines but if you have a good name I might use it.

     Disclaimer; the water looks a little foggy but it could be just that the water was really full of air since I filled it with a spray bottle. There are fine little hairs too from the marimo because I just formed it into a ball from a larger piece. after a while I'll change the water and those little marimo hairs that were shed during the forming process will stop coming off as the marimo begins to grow together. The hair is harmless, just tiny bits of marimo that came loose when I divided the pair and rolled it into a ball.

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