How to Glitter & Bead Candles

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How to Glitter & Bead Candles
Purchase plain candles, and decorate them yourself to create a new look. (Candles image by Tasha from Fotolia.com)

Many people use candles to decorate their home. Lit candles create a cosy atmosphere and add romance to your everyday living space. Candles come in a variety of decors, including glitter-covered candles and candles adorned with beads. Buying these types of candles can be expensive. Making your own glitter- or bead-covered candles can save you money and satisfy your creative urge. With a little work and ingenuity, you can take satisfaction in decorating your own candles at home.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Plain candles
  • 0.454kg. paraffin wax
  • Double boiler
  • Glitter
  • Newspaper
  • Waxed paper
  • Craft pins
  • Beads

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Purchase or make a plain candle with a smooth surface.

  2. 2

    Cover your table or counter top with newspaper to keep your work area clean.

  3. 3

    Place a sheet of waxed paper on top of the newspaper, and sprinkle it liberally with glitter.

  4. 4

    Melt a 0.454kg. block of paraffin wax in a double boiler.

  5. 5

    Dip your candle in the melted wax. Cover the entire area you want to apply glitter to. Remove the candle by its wick.

  6. 6

    Roll the candle back and forth in the glitter until it is completely covered.

  7. 7

    Roll the candle on another sheet of waxed paper to firmly embed the glitter into the wax.

  8. 8

    Set the candle aside, and let the glitter-covered candle wax harden for 24 hours before use.

  1. 1

    Purchase or make a plain candle.

  2. 2

    Thread a craft pin through a bead.

  3. 3

    Heat the stem of the pin for a few seconds in an open flame to make it easier to insert into the candle. Stick the pin and bead into the candle.

  4. 4

    Repeat this action to create the beaded design of your choice on the candle.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose craft pins with a head larger than the hole in the bead.
  • Never leave your hot wax unattended while it is over a flame.

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