Mussels and cockle shells are arranged in an artful lighting display that mounts onto your wall.

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half shell candle wall sconce
Ryan Liebe

For one-of-a-kind illumination, flex your mussels and cockle shells. As shown here, we used Beach-BarnArt Black Mussel Shells ($17 for 24, etsy.com) and Violet ClamShells each measuring 1/2" to 3/4" ($20 for 1 gal., buytheseaonline.com). Arrange them in concentric circles, and hot-glue them onto a basic wrought-iron hanging candle sconce—their pearlescent interiors will cast a special glow.

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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Paint disk gray; let dry completely. Using mussel-shell halves and small cockle shells, lay out your design on disk. (We created concentric circles, with cockles at center and mussels at edge.) When you're happy with it, hot-glue shells on, one at a time, working your way around. Let dry completely.

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Step 2

Affix one half of Velcro strip to center of wooden disk, and other to bar of the candle holder. Stick them together. Hang from hook.

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