Tuesday, January 11, 2011
While I like painting, I also like using mixed media on many of my projects. Today we are going to talk about making a memorial candle.
Supplies needed: Stamp or ink jet printer, paper, wax paper, hair dryer, pillar candle, Decoupage glue, paint and paint brush, ribbon, buttons or other craft items.
Take a candle - I like pillar candles - the size is dependent upon what you are putting on it. Prep the candle by wiping down with Alcohol. Next stamp a saying onto thin rice paper or onion skin paper, or even toilet paper. You can also print off the saying/poem on your printer by taping the thin paper to a regular sheet of paper (please note, I don't recommend running toilet paper through your printer).
Cut out your "saying", and figure out where you will place it on the candle. Take a sheet of wax paper and wrap around the candle holding it taught, but make sure there are on wrinkles in the wax paper. Now take your hair dryer on heat setting and start melting the wax around the paper. I find if you start in the middle of your paper placement and work your way out, it works best. This also should work out any air bubbles. Once you have the saying adhered into the wax, remove the wax paper and finish with decorating.
If you don't use a saying you can also use a photo. Apply decoupage to back of photo and place on candle. Once dry at another coat of decoupage over the photo to seal. If you are not a painter, I have also used ribbons and buttons and other materials to decorate the candle. I use the decorations to hid the seem of the paper you just melted onto your candle. Have fun and be creative.
Note: if you are doing a memorial candle, you can also adhere the obituary to the candle on the opposite side or a copy of it. If you choose not to do that you can put the person or animals name and date of birth and date of death on the backside. Quick and easy project to do.