Saturday, 30 January 2010
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
One World One Heart
UPDATE.... I'm now adding these little handmade rose earrings in the giveaway. So now there will be 2 winners. If I reach over 100 comments, I might just add another prize!
ANOTHER UPDATE...I've now reached over 100 posts so I would like to add this lovely heart necklace as a prize. So I will now be choosing three winners.
The giveaway is now officially closed...winners announced in this post.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Monday, 25 January 2010
One World One Heart
Friday, 22 January 2010
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
new butterfly brooch
Treasure every moment...
Thursday, 14 January 2010
I had a pebble with a natural hole in it and it was perfect for a toggle on the bag cord.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
The big melt
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
A Jolly Jar for January
option 2. candle making equipment.
You cover the designs with your sticky backed plastic and cut them out. I have seen this technique done using packing tape, but I wanted something with a better finish and I did not want to be limited to the size of the packing tape and so I thought I'd give it a try with the plastic. It worked a treat, and this means I can produce almost any size of transfer I like. I think the finish is smoother and it is much stronger and easier to work with. So this technique is now called...sticky backed plastic transfers.
Place your label upside down to dry thoroughly. Once dry, it should be tacky. If not, you can always use a suitable clear drying glue to affix your design to the jar. You might notice when it is dry that you have missed some bits of paper. Just wet the label again and work on the bits that you missed. It's one of those things that requires patience. If you want to make a bunch of labels in advance, keep the backing paper from the sticky backed plastic, and once the labels are dry, stick them back onto the paper until you are ready to use them.
If you are going to go for option 2, then you might want to leave trimming the jar until your candle has been poured, but if you are just inserting a small store bought pillar, then go ahead and get sticking. When your design is ready carefully stick it to the jar, smoothing out any air bubbles from the centre outwards.
For a container candle.
What you will need.
Candle wax - there are a huge variety of different waxes available to the candlemaker nowadays. Soya wax is particularly environmentally friendly. Different waxes come at different melting points, so do check with you supplier for the melting and pouring temperatures. For my recycled jar project, I used old candle stubs so that even my wax was recycled.
A Double boiler for melting the wax. This is essential so that you do not heat the wax too much.
Wick sustainer, small metal discs for holding the wick in place in a container candle.
Suitable sized candle wick, please check with your supplier for correct size, or if you want you can buy pretabbed wicks ready to stick into your container.
glue gun for sticking the wick retainer in place in the jar.
wax dyes and scents if you want to get really fancy. Essential oil for a natural frangrance.