How to Make Seaside Candles
Light up your home on warm evenings with these original seaside candles using shells and rope. All the designs are quick and easy to make, so they are ideal for a special occasion, especially if you want to create a more rustic look. To make the smaller candles just wrap thin rope around nightlights.
They are perfect for using on a dining table, you could even make one for every place setting, or use them in the lounge adding one candle to each side table. The larger rope seaside candles make ideal displays on their own if placed in front of a mirror in the drawing room, or used as a table centerpiece.
How to Make a Rope Nightlight
Pillar Candles or Nightlight 2.5cm (1 in) deep
Jute rope 8mm (1/4 in) thick x60cm (24 in) long
Double-sided adhesive tape2 stainless steel pins
Three small shells
1 – Preparing a nightlight
Stick a ring of double-sided tape around the top and bottom of the thin metal nightlight casing. Then peel the tape backing off.
2 – Winding the rope
Beginning at the base, tightly spiral the rope around the nightlight, trim rope end at the top. Secure the rope at the top and bottom, using a thimble and two pins, by pushing each pin through the metal casing into the wax.
3 – Finishing off
Check the shells are not damaged, then turn the nightlight on its side. Apply glue to the rim of one shell and hold it in position for a few seconds. Repeat the procedure for the other shells.
How to Make Abalone Candles
Abalone shell about 10-12cm (4-5 in) in diameter
Thick cotton candlewick 1Ocm (4in) long
Long pencil, adhesive tape and modeling clay
Double boiler saucepan
Old wooden or metal spoon
1 – Preparing the shell
Warm the modeling clay in your hand until it is soft and pliable, then plug any holes in the shell from the inside. Place the prepared shell on a work surface protected with newspaper.
2 – Melting the wax
Using the double boiler or a basin over a pan of water melt the stearin and candle wax together. Stir the mixture occasionally. Never melt candle wax over direct heat. Dip the wick into the melted wax to coat it.
3 – Positioning the wick
Tie one end of the wick around the center of the pencil. Lay the pencil across the shell allowing the wick to hang down into the deepest part of the shell. Stick the free end of the wick to the shell base with tape and secure the pencil to the rim of the shell with the modeling clay.
4 – Pourinq the wax
Pour the melted wax carefully into the shell. Leave the wax to cool and harden then trim the wick to 1cm (3/8 in) above the surface.
A number of people ask:
What does stearin do in candle making?
Stearic acid, also known as stearin, is a long-chain fatty acid often used in candle–making. Its primary property is to raise the melting point of the wax mixture, making the resulting candle harder and more durable.
Reference: The Country Look—Decor & Crafts