Last week, a friend of mine from South Carolina sent us the most amazing package of south east seashells you could imagine. The Boy was thrilled beyond words that so many BIG shells came to him in the mail. Thrilled!
We placed the seashells in a large glass vase while we waited for inspiration and free time to hit.Today we decided to make seashell candles!
For this project you'll need:
*A flat clam shell, or other bivalve shell without any cracks or holes.
* Wicking (Lead Free)
* A hot glue gun with glue sticks
* A dedicated crock pot for wax or a double boiler.
* Something to hold your shell sturdy - we use an old bowl full of rice.
* Something to pour your beeswax with. I used an old plastic spoon.
Pick out your best bivalve shells and set them aside.
Snip off a piece of your wicking so that it is long enough to fit inside your shell and is 1/2 inch over the rim of the shell. Make sure when you're purchasing your wicking that you get the correct size. Mine was too narrow for the vary largest shells. I had to place them in a freezer after they were hardened so that I could pop the wax out and start over with thicker wick.
Using your hot glue gun, place a dab of glue in the bottom of the shell where you want your wick centered. You can see we coiled our wick a bit to allow for a larger gluing surface area.
Place your shells on a surface where they won't roll around on you. We use an old pyrex pan full of rice to keep them steady. Carefully pour your liquid wax into your seashell. We used an old plastic spoon to pour the wax bit by bit. I have a pitcher that acts as a double boiler - but usually I melt my wax on low in my dedicated craft crock pot. I find using a spoons works well for smaller pours.
Allow your seashells to cool and harden completely before using them. Ours look lovely on our mantel and scattered about our home. When we light them, we make sure they are securely propped up, using other shells, or on a glass fireproof surface to help prevent spills.
Aren't they beautiful? A special thank you to my friend, Sarah, for sending these special shells to us.