View Full Version : seashells, where can i buy

07-06-2009, 05:24 PM
hi all

hoping that this might not be a strange request!!

i'm looking for a supplier of seashells to use in my hurricane candles, I can find some on ebay but it would cost me a tenner for a 1kilo bag!!!

thanks guys


your theme
07-06-2009, 05:30 PM
I got some from hobby craft they do 2 size bags with various size shells dont know the weights but I got a small bag for around 1.49.
Just checked there website but there not on there are you near a Hobby craft?

07-06-2009, 06:38 PM

thanks for that.

I'd rather buy them wholesale or in larger quantities as I am planning on making quite a few of the candles.

your theme
07-06-2009, 07:53 PM
I made a shell garland for a beach themed wedding last year I just remembered a couple of websites I had looked at

www.beachcomberseashells.co.uk (http://www.beachcomberseashells.co.uk)

www.onlineshells.co.uk (http://www.onlineshells.co.uk)

07-06-2009, 08:11 PM

that's fantastic. Just what I was looking for, many thanks.

Vicky xxx

your theme
08-06-2009, 07:07 PM
Its nice to be helpfull rather than asking qs all the time.:)

Your products are fab!!! I wish i`d found this site before I got married i`d definatley have had your favour candles.

08-06-2009, 07:45 PM
Dont forget to check they are ethically sourced.. :confused:

22-06-2009, 02:09 PM
forgive me for been ignorant, but is it illegal to pick sea shells from the beach??

ian bell

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Rather depends on the beach and the shells I gather.. though sea shell harvesting is generally somewhat frowned upon - depletion of habitats and so forth.. Shells are used as habitats for other creatures, not just the original inhabitants.. so by removing shells you reduce the available housing stock! :D:D Also there are potential implications on habitat damage - shells help retain sand on beaches and so forth.

I know some beaches are protected, and certain shell types too.. but where rules exist, they often stop the removal of living shells (those inhabited), and limit "personal" beachcombing to a set volume of shells - to stop the wholesale shipping of lorryloads.

The reason I mentioned "ethically" sourced shells is that commercially available shells should be collected within strict guidelines - much as you would with timber.. (some shells are the by product of food industries too).. though in the far east they are mechanically recovered causing environmental damage.:confused:

07-07-2009, 03:55 PM

If you're still looking, you could try Dizzi Dezine.com (Australian company).
I can't post the link yet because I'm a newbie but if you google it, it should come up.
They have a sister company that sells just shells as well........the link should be at the bottom of their webpage.


bobby p
08-08-2010, 01:07 PM
im new to this site ,but have an interest in beaches as i live alongside one- its covered in empty whelk shells ,mostly they are about 3 inches long .its at a place called Bawdsey

25-08-2010, 06:05 PM
There is a limited supply of shells available on Imagine Doing It Yourself.
I can't post a link yet but you should be able to do a search on google!

Trade terms are available also.

Hope this helps.