Friday, January 7, 2011
I love crafts that don't involve me going to the craft store. Something about going to Michaels and roaming down the aisles of overpriced, perfectly prepared materials just feels like cheating (plus, the temptation to make impulse purchases is often more than I can bear :-)
This craftstoreless craft was inspired by Martha Stewart. Of course, her finished product is more perfectly beautiful, but I got a kick out of adding my own little twist.
Using a hammer, I smashed open one of the candles to extricate the wick. (By the way- I didn't actually use the candle in the picture for the wax- you'll notice that the red is only painted on)
I broke the red and green candles into pieces and melted the wax. Everyone seems to say that wax should be melted in a double boiler or in a special wax melter contraption. I melted mine under the broiler in the stove. This method actually worked fine the first time, but the second time the glass container I was using got too hot and shattered. (terrible, TERRIBLE mess...next time I may use a double boiler)
Because I was using an old wick, I needed to tie something to the end so that it would sink. I used a paperclip that I folded in half and twisted around the wick.
Such a fun little craft...I think I'll be on the lookout for pretty teacups at garage sales from now on!