Lovely on their own or as a companion to sand candles, these small lights celebrate the beach and the summer. Collect only good-sized empty shells, or save the shells from your next clambake or oyster fest.
MAKES SIX CANDLES
- 1.5 x 6.5-inch seashells
- Six 2-inch lengths thin wire wick, primed
- 6 wick holders
- 0.8 ounces stearin
- 1 disk wax dye, if desired
- 8 ounces paraffin wax
- 1. Clean the seashells thoroughly. Then, to be sure they are really clean, put them in boiling water for a few minutes.
- 2. Insert the wicks into the wick holders and place one in the middle of each seashell.
- 3. In the top of a double boiler over medium heat, melt the stearin and wax dye, if using. Add the wax. Melt and mix thoroughly. Heat to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
- 4. Fill each seashell nearly to the top and allow to cool completely, or overnight.
- 5. Trim the wicks to 1/4 inch and arrange the candles on a dish or in a bowl of sand. Light and enjoy!