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Big & Glitzy Candles

By Guest Blogger, Sparkle E. Glitter from the blog “Sparkle Studio”. 

I could not resist these brown candles, so chocolate looking.  They are non-scented, so they are a little less expensive too.  But, you know me.  I think even chocolate needs glitter! 

Remember as you are making these, perfection is not the key, glitter is.  Just have fun with your Big & Glitzy.

I used Big & Glitzy Glitter Glue because it sticks better to most surfaces.  It is also made of big chunks of holographic glitter…so pretty.  And, unlike kid’s glitter glue, the colors fit home decor.  Since turquoise is THE color of the year, I new my chocolate brown candles would be trendy and fabulous.

You Need:

Big & Glitzy Glitter Glue: Aquamarine, Nugget

Sparkle Gems: 8mm round Amber

Pillar candles: brown, size of your choice (mine are 6″ and 3″)

Try this:

With the 6″ candle,  working on one side of the candle at a time, draw a rectangle of Aquamarine that is the height of the candle.  Inside that rectangle, draw a smaller rectangle of Nugget. 

Add dots of Nugget between Nugget and Aquamarine rectangles. Set amber gems into dots where desired. 

Repeat, alternating colors for rectangles.

Prop the candle up so it cannot roll, let glitter glue dry.  Repeat on next section of candle.  Continue until rectangles go all the way around the candle.

For the 3″ candle, working on one side of the candle at a time, apply dots of Nugget.  Set amber gems into dots.  Prop the candle up so it cannot roll, let glitter glue dry.  Repeat on next section of candle.  Continue until gems go all the way around the candle.

Another 3″ candle: Alternating colors, draw narrow rectangles on one side of candle. Prop the candle up so it cannot roll, let glitter glue dry.  Repeat on next section of candle.  Continue until rectangles go all the way around the candle.

TIP: To save the candle, burn down in the center a couple of times, blowing it out before the edges get melted.  Place a tea candle or votive in the hole.  Burn the votive.  Replace the votive as many times as you want.  This is also a way to add some scent to your burning candles: use scented votives.

Change up the colors to whatever suits your mood or décor.  This set would make a nice centerpiece, don’t you think?

Glitter on!

Sparkle

Quick and Easy Candles

Store Bought

  • Try painting with sponge cut-outs
  • Sprinkle on some glitter
  • Decorate with buttons or charms
  • Glue cinnomin sticks around the bottom half of candle
  • Paint or stamp a design on white tissue paper, then glue to outside of candle
  • Apply studs or beads

Wax Crystals

  • No time to melt the wax to make the candles? Try the new wax crystals on the market. Just pour into heat resistant container (think of oven safe items because candles do heat up!). The wicking for this type of candle is a waxed wire core.
  • Wax crystals can be scented with oils or colored with food coloring. Just place crystals in a zip lock bag and add the oil or color and shake!
  • Try layering different colors of crystals and using a blunt tool like a spoon or butter knife to create patterns or designs. This method is much like working with sand.

Beeswax

  • Still no time to melt down some wax? Try the great natural smelling beeswax sheets. These candles are usually hand rolled. Place soft or unwaxed wicking onto one edge and roll the sheet into a candle. The real trick is making sure the first roll is very tight. Keep top and bottom edges even.
  • Beeswax is naturally adhesive. Sprinkle glitter to a rolled candle and the glitter will adhere all by itself. Lightweight items like dried florals, buttons, and ribbon will also stay stuck without adding glue. Remove flammables before lighting candle.
  • Beeswax may have a dusty white coat. This is called Bloom. All you have to do is lightly heat the sheet of wax with a blow dryer to have the bloom disappear.
  • Did you find the time to melt the wax? Then try the new heating bags available for no fuss, no mess melting. Just break up wax and place in the bag. Now place the bag in low boiling water! Pour melted wax into molds. Melted wax can be colored with dyes, crayons, or scrap colored waxes for tints.

Candle Tips

  • Place candles in the refrigerator at least 4 hours before burning for a longer, cleaner burning candle.
  • Never throw out scraps or ends of candles. Melt them down when making new dipping candles. Dipping candles are made by melting wax in a double boiler and repeated dipping the wick into the hot wax. Layer after layer builds the candle. The last few layers can be clean, unused wax.
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