Crafts made from shells with their own handsNovember 8, 2010
Every time we visit the sea, we bring beautiful seashells and sea pebbles with us, and if you don’t know how to use them, then we’ll tell you how to make seashell crafts with your own hands. Shells are a beautiful natural material, they can be of various shapes and colors, products made of them have sufficient strength and are stored for a long time. From shells make up paintings and murals, make bouquets and decorations, decorate them with vases and flower pots. In this article we will explain how to make a candlestick from seashells.
To make a decorative candlestick, you will need: flexible wire (possible in thermal insulation), a candle for oil burners, glue, a mixture of gypsum and PVA, sand and small shells, a stand (plate or saucer), large beautiful shells and varnish.
Crafts made from shells with their own hands
- Twist together three pieces of wire to the height of the future candlestick.
- The upper ends of the wires are cleaned of isolation and straighten.
- We glue to the straightened wires a flat candle in a metal candlestick.
- We also straighten the lower ends of the wires so that the candle stays steady. The stem of the candlestick should be made thicker at the base. To do this, you can use masking tape or floristic tape.
- Cooking stand. We paint an unnecessary plate or saucer with several shades of blue paint, which will give it similarity to sea water. If there is only one paint, then it is possible to make the stand uniform. We paint only the lower part of the stand, since the top will be covered with shells and sand. You can also use various figures of sea animals to decorate the candlestick. In this case, such a decoration is a broken handle from the teapot in the form of a dolphin. After the lower ends of the wires are glued to the stand, the figure of the dolphin is attached to the stem with a glue gun.
- Next, take a mixture of gypsum and PVA glue and coat the surface of the stem with a candle. On this mixture we apply small shells and sand, thickly applying and pressing to the stem. Extra shells must be removed and allowed to dry. According to the same principle, we coat and sprinkle a stand with shells. A mixture of gypsum and PVA should be made in small portions so that the solution does not have time to dry.
- After the base has dried, glue the big shells, creating a beautiful composition. You can also decorate the candlestick with dried starfish or coral. If desired, the top of the candlestick can be sprayed with paint (before gluing large shells or after). For durability and beautiful appearance we cover the candlestick with an aerosol varnish and the product is ready.
The candlestick looks very interesting, and the ability to replace candles makes it practical and convenient.