Sea Shell Candles

from week ending 6/27/99

Design by ? Instructions by Diana Trupiano

Sea shell candles have been around since there were sea shells. They are incredibly easy to make, and add a lovely touch to any decor.

Supplies:

Sea shells of assorted styles and sizes

Wax (I used beeswax I had left over from a previous candle project. I got the wax at a honey company a few years ago. Pure beeswax smells strongly of honey, and is naturally dripless.)

An empty coffee can, washed and label removed

Candle wicking ( I prefer the pre coated wicking from Distlefink)

Instructions:

* If your shells don't sit steadily, with no rocking, place them on a small (2") grapevine wreath, or in a dish with sand.

  1. Rinse shells and dry well.

  2. Break up wax into small pieces. Place in coffee can and heat over medium heat until melted. Be sure to use pot holders when handling the hot can!

  3. Pour wax to fill shell.

  4. Insert wicking in center and hold until top layer hardens. (I blow on my wax very lightly to help this step along.)

  5. Leave candle undisturbed over night.

  6. Once candle has hardened completely, trim wicking to 1/4" above wax surface.

That's it! these are so easy to make, and very inexpensive. I like to make several and put them in a basket for gift giving. Large shells filled with citronella wax (citronella oil can be added to your melted wax), will not only be beautiful, but will help keep the bugs away from your picnic!

A quicker way to make your candles is to use Distlefink wax crystals. Simply pour in the crystals to fill the shell, add the pre coated wicking, and heat the surface with a heat tool until a crust forms (this step is optional. If your candle won't be moved around much, the wicking will stay in place fine without heating). It is not neccesary to melt all the wax crystals. As the candle burns down, the center will evaporate. Simply fill the well with more crystals and insert another wick.

 

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