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Sandcastles and Sculptures

Sandcastle CandleTrips to the beach aren’t just about sunbathing and swimming. Building sandcastles and sculptures on the water’s edge is a favorite activity for both children and adults.

The art of sand sculpting has been around for centuries. Some speculate that the ancient Egyptians made sand models of the pyramids. Other research suggests that this art form dates back to the 14th century, in India, with the poet Balaram Das building devotional sculptures from sand. However, the first documentation of sand sculpture came 500 years later.

It is believed that the first artists to be compensated for their sand sculptures were in Atlantic City, in the late 19th century where passersby’s on the boardwalk threw coins to their favorite sand sculptors.

Sand Sculptors International was organized in the early 1970’s and set the standard for sand sculptures, organizing groups of artists to build very large and intricate replicas of famous castles and fancy architecture.

Sandcastle Tips:

  • Start from the top.
  • Select a spot on the beach with the finest sand. It will hold together the best.
  • Find sand that is moist enough to stick together but dry enough to hold a shape. The high tide line is usually a good place to start, and begin your sandcastle just as the tide is starting to go out.
  • Make a pile of sand 12″ to 18″ high. How long and wide depends on what you are making.
  • Pack the pile of sand firmly and smooth the top so it is flat.
  • Using a shovel or flat edge, “carve” down the side of the tower to form walls. Moving down like a staircase will create multiple levels.
  • Position towers made from molds to the flat areas.
  • Embelish your castle with seaweed, rocks, shells or other objects.

Many beachside resort towns host sandcastle and sculpting competitions. Where is your favorite contest? What is your favorite sculpture?

Beachcombers will delight in our unique, life-like sandcastle candle.


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