I recently made a little sand garden out of an old frying pan and some sand pilfered from the beach.
The sand is a little too coarse to make fine lines and detailed patterns. Despite having sifted it through a screen mesh, it still has a lot of little bits of crushed sea shell in it which gives it a rough texture.
After washing and drying the sand, I dumped it into an old frying pan someone downstairs left out to be recycled. Then I went about making a little rake and something to smooth the sand out with out of bamboo skewers and a pair of disposable chopsticks. I used hot glue to hold everything together. I apparently made the comb of the rake too fine since I can’t make any deep impressions in the sand, only small shallow ridges.
The interesting thing is that the shallow ridges can only be seen when the light hits it at a certain angle when small shadows are cast thus revealing any pattern traced in the sand. Under normal direct light, all that is seen is a flat surface of sand. But shine light onto the surface from the side and then the pattern comes alive.
Kind of like perspectives in life. Sometimes a very delicate and beautiful pattern is right before your eyes. You just need a little light shining from the right direction to see it.