Monday, May 9, 2011

Candle Works

I am posting a simple, quick project I played with a few days ago that is fun, fun, fun! Easy too. (That is what we like sometimes...quick and easy.) This is my version of a rubber stamp image candle. 
I will share a link to a tutorial by Split Coast, but what I want you to know is that it is even easier than the tutorial lets on.  There is a craft tool described as a heat gun, if you are not crafty you may have not heard of one, but....(and this is a big BUT) I did mine with my hair dryer!  I decided to give it a try, just to see and......whala! Works just the same as you can see in the image above. Beautiful.  :)

So, without the heat gun, and if you have rubber stamps to play with, you can try this with items you may already have at home.  Love it.
Things you will need:
Stamp Ink Pad
Rubber Stamps
Wax Paper
Tissue Paper
Hair Dryer
White (or light colored) Candles. Cheaper the better and unscented
Glitter/Ribbons/Embellishments ~ Optional

The first thing you will do is take a sheet of tissue paper and stamp the image that you would like on the tissue paper. You can play around with the size of the image and stamp according to the size of your candle etc...mine is simple here, but get creative!  Second, you are going to cut out that image. Cut as close to the edges as possible.
Third, you are going to place and position the image on the candle exactly where you would like it.
Next, you are going to take a piece of wax paper and wrap it around the candle, holding the image in place and helping melt the image into the surface of the candle. No need to tape or secure the wax paper, just scrunch and hold.  It helps keep the heat from your hands.
Finally, you are going to hold and heat the image with your hair dryer. Now I will tell you a heat gun will do this job in a couple of minutes and the hair dryer is going to take about 5 minutes or so.  Patience will pay off.  I use mine on "high" and it does get hot! Be careful.  As you apply the heat (holding quite close) you will see the tissue paper & image start to melt into the candle.  You can press and smooth over with your fingers, just to make sure it is securing, is flat and no air bubbles.  When it is done, you will see the wax paper get very shiny.  Carefully peel away the wax paper and finished!  The image you see above I actually sprinkled (you can do this before heating) with glitter and added a ribbon when done so it could make a cute gift but you can decorate with other items as well. 

I will add another post soon with colored images and pictures.  I have seen these done that way as well and they are terrific. 

Enjoy the link and happy stamping!

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