To refresh your memory, the scene is below:
To make a path of burning snail shell candles which will lead your lover to a barn where you wait in the shadows, you will need the following:
- Escargot shells
- Braided candle wick thread
- Standard wick tabs (the metal base)
- Hot Glue Gun & Hot Glue Sticks
- 1 pound block bees wax
- Double boiler, or metal bowl and saucer of boiling water
- Empty egg cartons
- Paper towels or napkins
After picking up a container of escargot snail shells (and meats!) at my local grocery store, I picked out the prettiest, and most colorful snail shells, and placed them in my empty egg carton. I cut lengths of braided wick (each, about 2 1/4 inches long) and pulled each length of wick through the hole in the wick tab. Using the pliers, I pinched the metal tube at the top of the wick tab together so that the braided wick would stay attached to the metal base.
I made sure I was working on a surface that would be easy to clean up, and wouldn't get damaged by any spilled wax (If you are not sure how well your surface will clean up, put a sheet of aluminum foil, or wax paper under your egg carton of snail shells.)
Next, I inserted the wicks into each shell. Using my hot glue gun, I secured each wick tab in place with a bead of glue.
When all of the wicks were glued into the shells, I melted my bees wax on the stove, using a double boiler.
I used my plastic funnel to help pour the hot liquid wax into each shell. As the shells filled with wax, I tried to keep their wick strings in the center of each shell opening, so that they would burn evenly. I also rotated each snail shell as the wax cooled, so that I could fill the shell with as much wax as possible. I wanted these to be able to burn for as long as possible.
To keep the shells from tipping as the wax cooled, I folded napkins between some of the rows of the egg carton. This added extra support, and soaked up any spilled wax.
Then, I just waited for the wax to dry. When a few of my candles developed bubbles in the wax, I re-melted and re-pored the wax- which patched up any and all visible bubbles.
I couldn't wait to light my snail shell candles. As soon as it was dark enough, I took a few outside, and lit them. The effect was as beautiful, romantic, and haunting as I had seen it in the English Patient.
In addition to leading your lover to a barn via burning snail shell candles, I would encourage you to use this craft in the following scenarios:
- Aisle-runner for a beach-wedding (dreamy!)
- Mood-lighting to seduce handsome malacologists (snail scientist)
- Dramatic warning to garden snails/beautiful lighting for an evening garden party
- etc. etc!
Thanks for reading. If you enjoyed this post, I have a few other movie scene-inspired crafts I'm thinking about whipping up and sharing with you here!