Silkwood Traders eggshell mosaic wooden lacquer tealight holders start life as trees from managed plantations which after being harvested is turned into a wood composite fibreboard. Each holder is carefully prepared, hand-painted and layer upon layer of lacquer applied over a period of several months. In between each layer of lacquer, the item is left to dry, sanded back and then another layer applied giving a beautiful shine and depth of colour. It also results in a strong and robust finish which can withstand most bumps and drops. But always better to be safe than sorry so we always advise to handle with care. After all, it took three months to make!
Silkwood Traders eggshell mosaic tealight holders are suitable for all standard tealights. We advise that only tealight candles with an aluminium outer are used. Each hole has a flame retardant inner. As with all candles, they should never be left unattended and the tealights should be properly extinguished before they fully burn down.
Please note that this item is packed in a plain white cardboard box. We very much regret that the free handmade silk boxes are no longer available for this item. Tealight candles are not included.
We usually have a matching single tealight holder to compliment the bridge design but we’re sorry to say that single tealight holders are not available in this colour as the eggshell mosaic design is not possible to create on this size of sphere.
Egg shell mosaic – how do they make it ?
Egg shell is crushed and inserted on to the wood , then the whole piece is painted. The paint is then wiped off the egg shell areas. Lightly sanded , then this process is repeated up to 15 times.
However, how did they get the different coloured shading effects that can range from dark brown to beige to cream and almost white?
The family in Vietnam collect local egg and duck shell from from shops , wash them , place them on large steel trays and place on an open fire for about 5 minutes. Where the shell is touching the tray it begins to turn dark brown. The tray is removed from the fire and allowed to cool down. Now the egg shells have shades of colour from dark brown to white.
All the eggs are then crushed with rolling pins and a large pile of shell is ready to be sorted. The family then sit around and with great dexterity each pick out a shade of colour and fill their bowl. Finally we have up to eight bowls of different coloured egg shell ready to be inserted into the wood.