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Title: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lindy on December 31, 2012, 06:26:13 AM
I've been doing more research on making candles and I came across THIS (http://www.marthastewart.com/269328/candles-in-seashells).  I am so going to try this because I love collecting shells and we have some magnificent oyster and large clam shells around here.....  I have wax, wax colour chips and FO's, oh yeah wicks too which I suppose might be kinda important to this endeavour.

At any rate - I wanted to share this with everyone....


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Eva on December 31, 2012, 08:17:29 AM
Beautiful!  :buttrf:
I wasn't able to see any of the videos for some reason.


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lindy on December 31, 2012, 08:27:15 AM
Well that sucks!  Basically it is Martha Stewart and she puts the shells into a large casserole dish that is filled with sand so you can level the shells.  She dips her wicks into the melted wax and then positions them into the shell.  At this point she pours her melted wax.  I like the idea of leaving the wax natural (she uses beeswax - white mind you) and then just scenting them.  I have lots of large shells lying around here I just have to go to the hardware store to get some sand and I can give this a try.

I think these would be so much fun and what a great seller for tourists in the summer.  Must play.....


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lisa on December 31, 2012, 11:09:42 AM
oooh now i gotta go to the beach and get some sand n shells and start playing....cos i haven't got much to do  :mwaha:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Menolly on December 31, 2012, 11:16:32 AM
What size wick would you need, do you think?


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Suzanne on December 31, 2012, 11:42:01 AM
They are very pretty. There is something at the back of my mind that says hot sand, but I wonder if I am thinking of something else.

I love the idea of melted wax to set the wick. I have always used glue dots and it has been know for me to have to chase the wick around the glass! Not sure about leaving a candle lit when you go to sleep though.

Oh no. Hot sand was for making quill pens and nothing to do with shells!


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Eva on December 31, 2012, 02:34:41 PM
Instead of sand you can use some crumbled aluminium foil and just push the shells down in it. I use it for anything that needs support like breakfast eggs and so on. :)
If you don't need a lot you can use rice or beans and similar.


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Hayley on December 31, 2012, 07:25:13 PM
This looks lovely, what a great idea.  Thank you for sharing Lindy  :buttrf:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lindy on December 31, 2012, 09:01:54 PM
You're welcome everyone.  I'm off to the store shortly to get some sand.  This is going to be my New Year's Eve project.  Kinda symbolic for me to bring in the New Year with a new product...

I am thinking you would use the same wicking as you would for tea lights - I have some of those, well and a bunch of others too.  I already have lots of shells but I might go collect a few more just in case.  I have some gorgeous, huge oyster shells that are stable on their own and I think I have some big clam shells too.

Suzanne I'm with you - there is no way I would leave a candle lit when I go to sleep :o


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lindy on January 01, 2013, 03:12:05 AM
I have shells (sitting in bleach water right now), I have sand, wax, fragrance, wicks and as soon as the shells are ready I'm going to do this.  I just so love this idea.


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lindy on January 01, 2013, 07:46:24 AM
And here they are - taa daa

http://s424.photobucket.com/albums/pp328/lindaluf/Sea%20Shell%20Candles%20-%202013/ (http://s424.photobucket.com/albums/pp328/lindaluf/Sea%20Shell%20Candles%20-%202013/)

These were a lot of fun to make.  Got messy a couple of times, but, well, if it didn't then you would know it wasn't made by me...... :mwaha:

Thanks for looking & welcome to 2013!  (I actually have 1 1/4 hours left to go, but there you go)


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Eva on January 01, 2013, 08:07:57 AM
They look lovely!  :buttrf:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lindy on January 01, 2013, 09:42:08 AM
Thank you Eva!  I am going to change my wicks though to one better suited to beeswax..... 

They burn really nicely though....


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lisa on January 01, 2013, 10:10:12 AM
They look lovely Lindy, soywax would work ok wouldn't it? Im going to try it as soon as I can get to the beach with being blown into the sea! its a wild day here today  :mwaha:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Suzanne on January 01, 2013, 10:52:05 AM
They look lovely.

I am sure soywax would work Lisa. It is a shame we don't have shells like that on the beaches here.


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lisa on January 01, 2013, 12:44:02 PM
Suzanne would you like me to collect you some and post them to you?  :buttrf:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Suzanne on January 01, 2013, 12:53:46 PM
That would be great Lisa! Thank you. :buttrf:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lisa on January 01, 2013, 01:43:34 PM
That would be great Lisa! Thank you. :buttrf:
Its a wee bit wild here at the moment but as soon as I can get down to the beach I will get some and let you know  :buttrf:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Suzanne on January 01, 2013, 05:19:49 PM
Thank you Lisa. There is no rush. It is not like I don't have anything else to play with. :mwaha:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Vanilla on January 01, 2013, 05:36:55 PM
This is a really nice idea. Lindy your candles look lovely  :buttrf:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Hayley on January 01, 2013, 06:26:00 PM
Oh wow you have some lovely sea shells there, they look gorgeous, especially against the beeswax  :buttrf: :buttrf:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lindy on January 01, 2013, 07:42:04 PM
Thank you ladies.  What type of shells do you have there?  These are oyster and a couple of different types of clam shells.  I've ordered in some different wicks as these ones are rated for soy & gel waxes.  They do work with the small shells and I so love how beeswax burns.

I also ordered some spa tealight cups that are 1.5" deep (http://www.canwax.com/Spa-Tealight-Cups-Polycarbonate-Large_p_2357.html (http://www.canwax.com/Spa-Tealight-Cups-Polycarbonate-Large_p_2357.html))

Yup another new addiction :mwaha:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lindy on January 02, 2013, 01:25:34 AM
I've started timing the candles length of burn now and I started with this little guy...

(http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp328/lindaluf/Sea%20Shell%20Candles%20-%202013/IMG_1348.jpg)

4 hour burn - not too shaggy.... :mwaha:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lisa on January 02, 2013, 10:22:16 AM
wow 4hrs thats not bad at all


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lindy on January 02, 2013, 06:50:11 PM
Lisa I was really, really surprised!


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lisa on January 02, 2013, 08:21:49 PM
I would have been to its only a little shell isnt it?  :buttrf:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lindy on January 02, 2013, 08:35:51 PM
It really is!  There is less beeswax in there than in a tealight....  wick placement is really important.  I did a second one after that only burned for about an hour because of where I put the wick.  :clueless:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lisa on January 02, 2013, 09:17:22 PM
how are you planning on selling these (if you are) as they are not very stable I was thinking of gluing some smaller shells to the outside to make a more stable base what about you?  :buttrf:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lindy on January 02, 2013, 11:18:21 PM
I'm actually going to be putting them together with silicone so they are stable and then boxed.  I am going to do 3 sizes, small, medium and large...  I have the Silhouette Cameo coming which will allow me to custom make boxes.  These are not going to be available for wholesale, just retail.

I need to get back down to the beach to get more shells so I have enough for the construction portion....


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lisa on January 03, 2013, 10:17:53 AM
I'm actually going to be putting them together with silicone so they are stable and then boxed.  I am going to do 3 sizes, small, medium and large...  I have the Silhouette Cameo coming which will allow me to custom make boxes.  These are not going to be available for wholesale, just retail.

I need to get back down to the beach to get more shells so I have enough for the construction portion....
That sounds lovely, I might be able to get to the beach today it seems (at the moment) we have a break in the weather


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lindy on January 04, 2013, 04:04:11 AM
Lisa did you get to the beach?


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Helen on January 04, 2013, 05:34:48 AM
I missed this, sorry Lindy.  Those are just lovely and they are extremely impressive when lit.  Beautiful  :buttrf:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lindy on January 04, 2013, 08:13:41 AM
Ah Helen thank you!  This project has inspired me into another project.


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lisa on January 04, 2013, 10:05:17 AM
Lisa did you get to the beach?
Well the simple answer is yes, I got to the beach and as I stepped foot on it the heavens opened so I came home again and its been raining ever since  >:(


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lindy on January 04, 2013, 08:23:58 PM
Oh no!!!!  I was going to go back down today but I've come down with mum's virus so I'll not be going anywhere.... :'(


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lisa on January 04, 2013, 09:52:10 PM
oh no I hope you feel better real soon take care  :buttrf:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lindy on January 04, 2013, 11:57:08 PM
Thank you.... I'm just kinda lazing around being a lump.... :mwaha:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lisa on January 05, 2013, 10:52:10 AM
Thank you.... I'm just kinda lazing around being a lump.... :mwaha:
After the last few months you have had, you deserve to laze around  :buttrf:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Michelle on January 05, 2013, 12:11:13 PM
Hmm. This could be nice for when I do candles with Vicky.

Ive only got soy though and Im going to have to get some different wicks.

My thought to make it more stable when pouring is to fill a washing up bowl with sand then embed the shells in so they are level. This wil make it easier to pour. It wil also gice better idea of depth of sand required to stabilise them when in use,

Ive also got ideas of how theyd be displayed .

Yay you guys have gort me thinking candles again yee haa


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lisa on January 05, 2013, 12:14:33 PM
Glad Lindy could help, Michelle  :mwaha:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Michelle on January 05, 2013, 12:18:03 PM
Ive got about 20 oyster shells I gathered of a beach in Cornwall about 2 years ago with that very intention and never got round to it lol.

Im trying to wrack my brains to think which beach lol


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lindy on January 05, 2013, 10:37:11 PM
I went out and bought some silicone to "glue" them into place as displays as well as some really nice pebbles (at $1 a bag it's cheaper than collecting and cleaning  :mwaha: ) so I'll probably play with that later today.

Michelle I am so glad you have some shells to play with!


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Eva on January 06, 2013, 10:27:40 AM
Love that little sea shell candle Lindy!  :buttrf:
Wish there were sea shells around these parts of the world too. Feels much better collecting your own and will sound good on a label too.


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lisa on January 06, 2013, 10:50:51 AM
I went out and bought some silicone to "glue" them into place as displays as well as some really nice pebbles (at $1 a bag it's cheaper than collecting and cleaning  :mwaha: ) so I'll probably play with that later today.

Michelle I am so glad you have some shells to play with!
Any pics yet?  :whist:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lindy on January 06, 2013, 07:22:26 PM
Thanks Eva....  I really do feel blessed to have access to them.  I think we take stuff like this for granted and just assume that all beaches are littered with them like ours.  At least our rocky beaches.  I have another beach that is really close where I can collect Sand Dollars.  They're so pretty although fragile.  They wouldn't be good for candle making.

Lisa I ended up just being  a vegetable last night.  Today I'm going to go down to the beach and get more shells both large and small for this project.

Michelle, that is actually how I stabilize the shells is with sand in a dish.  Works a charm (sorry for not commenting earlier - I thought I had but I must have been dreaming :mwaha: )


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lindy on January 06, 2013, 11:08:08 PM
Here's an idea for those of you that don't have easy access for shells.  What about seafood restaurants?  Maybe they would be willing to let you have the used shells?  You would then treat them the same way as I do with a bleach soak.  You could also check with any fish markets in your area.  I would be happy to ship to you but I think it would be cheaper to buy them from a craft shop even.

Anyways, that was my brain storm for the day and now I have to go back to less smart than in this moment :mwaha:


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Michelle on January 06, 2013, 11:28:31 PM
In my head I have  a vision of a cascade (waterfall) of oyster shells. glueing them together and stategically placing them so as they melt they cause strings of wax to fall (remember when we use to put candles in mateus roise bottles and theyd drip down sides), into the recieving shells below them.

So you then get a wax sculpture with posibility of placing a tealight below the bottom shells to warm the wax and throw the fragrance again.

Yes I have a very strange mind lol


Title: Re: Sea Shell Candles
Post by: Lindy on January 07, 2013, 01:50:05 AM
Oh I LOVE that idea!  I spent an hour at the beach today at high tide but managed to get a huge amount of shells.  I've posted pictures on my personal profile.  I wonder how I would get enough wax in there to do the cascade....

Hmmmmm - I have some playing to do...