Putting Paper Designs onto a Candle with Waxed Paper
The following kinds of paper are all good for decoupage projects: your own
paper prints; pieces of wrapping paper; special découpage paper; thin,
flexible greeting cards. Overdip with clear glossy wax at
103°C (217°F), or dunk the candle into fully refined paraffin wax for 3 seconds.
Follow the step by step tutorial below, for the pictured candle:
An ivory pillar candle, 8.5 x 20cm (3.4 x 8")
Decoupage paper with strawberry motifs
A sheet of wax paper
A hair dryer
Paraffin wax for dipping
An old coffee tin dipping can
1. Use a sharp scissors, and cut a motif from the paper.
2. Position the design on the candle.
3. Wrap the candle in the wax paper with the waxy side down.
4. Blow dry the designs onto the candle. Stop every now and again, and rub over
the design with your fingertips to dispel any bubbles.
Keep this up until the wax paper's completely transparent, and the
design's firmly attached to the surface of the candle. Too hot to handle?
Keep the wax paper in place with an elastic band, or piece of string, so your
hands don't burn.
5. Leave the wax paper on the candle until cool. Peel it off slowly.
6. Heat the paraffin wax to 93°C, (199.4°F). Submerge the candle for 3 seconds. Pull it out quickly, (to avoid drip lines forming on the surface).
For tall candles, dip half the candle's length. Wait one
minute. turn it over, and dip the other half.
7. Neaten the base of the candle with a hot iron, or in a heated pan.
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Procedure for Sticking Water Transfers onto Candles
An excellent medium for beginners, learning the ways of decoupage. Water transfers come in thousands of designs, specially for candle making.
Suitable for decorating special occasions, weddings, corporate events, seasonal
holidays, gifts, and more.
Soak the transfer in water for 30 seconds. Position the design onto your
candle. Peel back the base, and stick it onto the candle. Leave to dry. Pleased
with the results? Leave it as is. Need some extra gloss? Do a 3-second paraffin
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Attaching Designs from Paper Napkins onto a Candle
Paper serviettes come decorated with photos, or handpainted designs,
suitable for any occasion. Remove the two plain layers of tissue
paper, and adhere only the printed top layer to the candle. Master this
technique, and enjoy the flawless finish, and superb decorative effects, this
process gives your candles.
A pillar candle
Printed tissue paper
Clear overdipping wax
A dipping can taller than your candle, (old coffee tins work well)
1. Melt the wax in your chosen dipping can.
2. Cut the designs out of the paper napkin.
3. Heat the spoons on a stove-plate. You'll work with one, while the other
4. Position the design onto the candle. Working from the center outwards,
rub the hot spoon over the design, melting and fixing it onto the candle. Go
over it again and again, until no air bubbles, or streaks, remain.
5. When the dipping wax reaches 93°C, (199°F), submerge the candle
slowly, for 3 seconds. Pull it out quickly.
6. Heat up an old pan, and neaten the base of the candle in it.
Use these troubleshooting tricks, for fixing the problems of decoupage, and
make your own creative ideas a reality.
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