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Monday, July 25, 2011

Candle Stamping Weekend Project

Have you ever stamped on a candle?  It is not as difficult as it sounds.  Here I didn't exactly stamp on the candle but I did add the image the same exact way you would when you stamp on the candle!

First you stamp your image on a new unwrinkled piece of tissue paper.  I like to mark on it the work area I have.  You just measure the candle so you know how much space you can cover.  Once your image is stamped and colored in you are ready to get it affixed to your candle.  Oh, I usually color my images in with colored pencils.  Markers tend to bleed on the tissue paper too much.  

Set the tissue paper on the candle.  Make sure you have your images straight.  Then you will take a piece of waxed paper and wrap it around the candle (with the images under it).  Take your heat embossing tool and slowly move it across the waxed paper.  You will see the tissue paper become transparent.  Keep the heat moving across the the area.  If you hold it in one spot too long it will melt the candle much more than you want.  The whole trick to this is to keep the heat moving across the image.  Once it is done you can remove the waxed paper.  You can smooth the area with your thumb.  Sometimes there are little ripples that are not so pretty on your candle and just rubbing your thumb on them right away can smooth those out.  You can also see if the tissue paper is all "melted" into the candle.  I often end up with white corners.  In cases like that you just take a new piece of waxed paper and heat those areas that need it.  Many times I just heat the whole thing to keep it more even.  

Now if you want to do a photo on a candle you just tape the tissue paper to a piece of copier paper and put it in your printer.  Print the image you want and cut the edges around the image to 1/8".  Using the waxed paper, heat set the image onto the candle.  

I made this candle for our son and his fiance.  They were out of town for a few days and we had to go over to their place and tend to the cat Ashes. He's a beautiful gray tom cat.  He's got the softest hair and he was such a lonely boy.  I left the candle on their counter and I'm sure I will be hearing from them when they get back home.  I thought it turned out beautifully.  They are such a cute couple.  The wedding is in January and it seems that the wedding plans are rolling along smoothly (so far)!  

If you have not tried stamping on a candle, give it a try.  Buy some very inexpensive ones to practice on first.  The candle I used here is a flameless wax candle.  I thought it was so cool to find a battery operated candle that actually had wax on the outside.  I had to buy it and I had to play with it right away!!!  It was a lot of fun and it turned out as I expected!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

1 comment:

Bernadine said...

Hello Wanda
What a beautiful candle ... The tissue paper that's attached to the copier paper, doesn't it get stuck during printing?

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas.

Regards
Bernadine

Now if you want to do a photo on a candle you just tape the tissue paper to a piece of copier paper and put it in your printer.  Print the image you want and cut the edges around the image to 1/8".  Using the waxed paper, heat set the image onto the candle.