Friday, June 29, 2012

Christmas in July!

I'd like to consider it Christmas in July! With the holiday season fast approaching I thought I'd bring back a project, a darling electric candle PERFECT for the holiday season!!! There are so many great cookie cutters you can use and so many awesome scents to coordinate this is a great product for all your upcoming holiday shows!Most of the "Electric Grubby Candles" being sold today are made from silicone molds, but you can make them with just a regular candle mold as well.  These beautiful candle lights are a fairly simple project but can get "messy" and are time consuming. The results are fantastic and WELL worth the time and effort! This particular electric candle will easily sell in my market for between $25-30!

What you will need to make this:
Getting Started!

Prepare your work surface covering anything you do not want wax on! This can get messy! 
Once you get yourself set up, begin melting your wax. For our mold it took about 3.5 pounds of wax (by weight). Once your wax is melted, add 3.5 tsp of the mold release powder, and 3.5 tbsp soybean oil to the wax.  Allow additives to melt and blend well. 

Prepare your mold by plugging any wick holes with mold plugs and covering those with mold sealer putty to prevent leakage. Spray the inside of the mold with silicone mold release.  Bring your melted wax up to 200*F and pour the hot wax into your molds. (We poured our candles into a sink so that they could be rapid cooled by submerging the candle mold into cold water. This will allow the candle shell to cool much faster.)
Empty Mold
Filled Mold Cooling
Once your candle has a visible shell up the sides of the mold of about 3/4" thickness, remove the mold from the water. Take a butter knife and remove the skim of wax from the top of the molds and pour the remaining wax back into either your Presto Pot or your Pour Pot.

Wax In Mold Ready
Taking Skim off Wax
Allow shell to fully harden and carefully remove it from the mold.  
Top View Finished Shell
Side View Finished Shell

Using an exacto knife, cut a hole in the bottom of the shell near an edge.  This hole must be big enough for the electrical plug of the candle lamp to fit through it.  Make sure the plug fits through the hole before moving on to the next step.
Cutting Cord Hole
Cutting Cord Hole
Now, take about 1 pound of the leftover wax you have melted and heat it back up to about 175*F.  Add 1 teaspoon of vybar 103, two of the Christmas Green Dye chips and 1 oz of Mistletoe Fragrance oil and blend well.  Allow the wax to cool and form a "skim" of wax over the top and begin using your wire whisk to "whip" the wax. 

Once your wax has been whipped to the consistency of frosting, use your butter knife to "frost" your candle shell with the whipped wax until you have it well coated.  
Applying Whipped Wax
Applying Whipped Wax
Applying Whipped Wax

The cut out shapes must be done quickly before the whipped wax fully hardens.  Set the shell on a level surface, holding one hand inside the shell, use the other hand to press the cookie cutter into the front side of the shell.  Press firmly through the whipped wax until you feel the cutter hit the solid shell, then stop.  Remove the cutter carefully, then very carefully peel the wax shape out.  You will be left with a tree shaped cut out for light to glow through!

Next just set the candle lamp inside the shell, and run the cord through the hole.  You are done!
Finished Lamp

Creative Decorating & Packaging Ideas:

  • Try adding a little glitter or mica to the finished project for added sparkle!
  • Tie some homespun fabric around the candle for an added primitive touch!
  • Get creative with cookie cutter shapes, colors and fragrances.  Try a gingerbread man cut out with some spices sprinkled on the whipped wax!  How about making the shell a pastel blue, and using white whipped wax, glitter, and a snowflake cut out and scenting it Frost Bite or Jack Frost?
  • Electric Grubby Candles look great packaged in a clear cello bag tied with ribbon, raffia, twine or yarn!
  • These make cute night lights!

Happy Candlemaking!
Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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