Watch for New Shells at the Beach
YOUR walks at the beach these holi-
days will be far more interesting if you watch for some unusual shells.
Delightful ones may be found along our beaches and you will be able to look out for new specimens to add to your collection, or it you have no col- lection, why not take home a bucket- ful of shells and begin one these holi- days?
If the shells you find are inhabited first remove the fishy tenant, then soak the shell in hot water to dissolve any salt and loosen any dust.
When you have thoroughly cleaned and dried your specimen, paint it with a thin solution of
gum arabic or ordinary white of
egg. This will give it the lustre and glistening appearance it has
Little white cardboard boxes, such as jewellers use, are most suitable for storing shells. Ordinary matchboxes will serve as well, and can, as you know, be made into tiny cabinets.
The shells looks very dainty ar- ranged neatly in shallow boxes, lined with a layer of clean cotton wool.
Do you possess a pocket lens? You will find it fascinating to use on your
shell-hunting expeditions. And it will
prove particularly useful when you are searching for tiny specimens.