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Seashell flowers

I made this project last year and loved the result. I gave them away, but I think I've collected enough new shells to try again...

If you are like me, you may have some seashells around the house, taken from beaches as souvenirs. And if they are just laying in closets collecting dust, I thought of a way to get them back as the center of attention: Shell Flowers!

The materials: Shells of all shapes, white candles, a lighter.
How: I spread my biggest two shells like a bowl, superposed, then lighted the candle and let it drop on every junction of the shells, in every little crack. Once dry, I added a smaller shell inside, and used more wax. The hardest part is selecting the right seashells, and making sure everything is solid at the end! The last shell of each flower is pressed against a 'lake' of hot wax in the center of the bowl-like flower.

Keep away from direct heat, of course.


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Dec. 12th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
Wow that's such a cool idea! I think I'm going to try this, thanks!
Dec. 13th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
thank you! I hope you can post the results later, they can end up being completely different
Dec. 12th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
You could also use hot glue probably for a more permanent hold. :)
Dec. 13th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
I didn't have hot glue and love using wax for arts and crafts, but yes I think the glue would work fine too. It definitely would make them easier to take care of :P
Dec. 12th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
lovely! this might be my Xmas gifts next year (since I've already done ones for this year XD)
Dec. 13th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
thanks :) I think they make be great for Mother's day too! A small one could be glued on a decorated wooden box for example, maybe even made into jewelry?
Dec. 12th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Wow, I really love this idea, they are so pretty! I have a question though, since I live absolutely NOWHERE near a beach (Midwest USA and the nearest beach from me is at least four hours away), could I use the "fake" (are they actually fake? I don't know to be honest) seashells that you can pick up at the store?

Cos I really want to try the idea, but I'm not sure if the store-bought shells will look as nice as teh real ones. :S

Dec. 12th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
pardon me butting in-i'm from Hawaii and now live in a landlocked area,so i feel equipped to answer.craft store shells *are* real and will do just fine.
Dec. 12th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
oh,and to the poster,these are beautiful!
Dec. 13th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
Thanks :)
Dec. 12th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
thanks for the info (:
Dec. 13th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
As long as you can get different sized shells, store-bought or not, I think it can end up beautifully. Good luck!
Dec. 12th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
will it really make a difference between using hot wax and hot glue? o.o;
Dec. 13th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
I think not, but I guess you'd have to try. I just loved the experience of slowly melting wax, and because I gave them away fairly quickly I have no idea how resistant they were... using hot glue would cancel those doubts entirely :)
Dec. 13th, 2009 06:46 am (UTC)
That's creative! Never thought to use seashells to make flowers like those! Will try them some time in the near future, and I love collecting shells! ;)
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