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I was asked to come up with a craft for a women's retreat - probably a group of about 35. So, it needed to be easily done by women of all crafting levels, within a 1 hour time limit. My head seems to like things like this and I came up with the idea of embellishing plain candles with small cutouts made of wax and having many choices of shapes. I got SUPER lucky and found pyramid shaped candles at the dollar store!!
Here are a few of the finished candles:
I melted regular ol' parrafin in a coffee can/electric frying pan double boiler idea and poured the wax into shallow dishes - I used aluminum pie tins and the lids to my decorative cookie tins. Before the wax got all the way hardened, I used my mini metal cookie cutters and cut out the shapes - you can use plastic cutters but the plastic has to be heavy enough to take a little heat without melting - I learned that the hard way. :
(you can see a few more designs in the candles in the backround of this pic)
Then, when the wax was all the way cooled, the shapes just popped right out!
I used Omni-glue to glue them on and test-burned a candle to make sure there were no toxic fumes and they're weren't. Under different circumstances, I would have used something different to adhere them - like beeswax or sticky wax but that would have made the project more difficult for such a big group.
These 2 designs were 2 of the simplest but I don't have pics of the more complex ones - I'll work on that!
I cut shapes like stars and flowers but I also used a paring knife to make geometric shapes like squares, rectangles, diamonds and long straight and long wavy pieces. It was great to see what everyone came up with.
So, waddya think??