Project: Razor shell candleholders
Brookes-Davies of the hat shop Fred Bare, who lives near the beach in Norfolk. The natural colours of the shells are beautiful, and turn translucent as the candles burn down inside.
You will need (per candle)
• At least zo razor shells —the more, the better
• A tall candle (such as a church candle)
• Twine, string or raffia
Gather empty razor shells, which can often be found in abundance along beaches at low tide. Wash them well in soapy water to remove any salt, slime or seaweed. Take a tall candle, either standard size or wider if you wish -- the parchment-coloured 'church' candles tend to look best and burn well. Holding it upright on a flat surface, gather the shells, curved side outwards, around it until the base of the candle is well covered all the way around.
Tie tightly in place with attractive twine, string or raffia and stand on an old saucer. Keep a constant eye on your candleholders once lit.
Excerpted from Homemade: Gorgeous Things to Make with Love by Ros Badger and Elspeth Thompson. Copyright 2009 by HarperCollins. Excerpted with permission by HarperCollins. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.