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« on: February 26, 2009 03:07:42 PM »

I had made these candles for my mother along as part of her Christmas gift this past year.  I melted the wax in a double boiler, added a yellow crayon for color, and then poured the wax into soda cans with the tops cut off.  I placed the drying candles into the fridge for a few minutes, dipped two strips of twine into the wax and allowed them to dry straight.  Once a thin film had developed across the top of the candles, I poked a hole in the center of each and inserted the stiffened twine wicks.  The hardened top layer kept the wick from shifting during the remaining dry time.  I realize that this isn't the common method for wick insertion but I didn't have a wick holder and the few things I attempted to create one didn't seem to stay put so...*shrug* This worked pretty well though so I was pleased.  Finally, I finished them off by inserting these star rivets into the sides, which was really quick and easy (I'm lazy Tongue).

 I had seen this candle globe idea a while back on another website (the name of which eludes me but I'll be sure to post it when I remember) and have wanted to try it ever since.  I basically just melted the wax in a double boiler, filled a balloon half full with water, dipped the balloon into the wax repeatedly (being mindful not to submerge it pass the water line!) allowing drying time between dips, popped the balloon once the wax reached a suitable thickness, and dripped colored wax across the overturned globe so it ran down the sides (towards the top).  Once that was complete I simply dripped a bit of wax in the center where I secured a sphere shaped candle to illuminate the globe and hot glued the gold rhinestone to the side for extra pop.  All and all it was super easy but messy and time consuming (all the dry time in between coats).

Let me know what you think!  And I'm new to candle making so constructive criticism more than welcome!
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2009 03:18:24 PM »

That globe is one of the coolest candle things I've ever seen. I'm bookmarking so I might try this at some future unspecified date... lol.

The candles are really cute too. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2009 04:05:45 PM »

I'm loving the globe.  I need to put this on my to-do list.

Great job.

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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2009 08:39:54 AM »

I really like making candles, so I like both your projects.  The globe is  very cool.  I admire your patience.  The candles look neat too.  That's one of those projects I always want to get around to for Christmas, but never seem to do.

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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2009 07:20:28 PM »

super crafty and adventurous, go you!  they look awesome!
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2009 11:38:23 PM »

nice! i think it all turned out well! that globe is awesome! what a fabulous idea!

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