Oh happy day! I had planned to do something completely different for the Sunday step-by-step, but something MUCH better came up to light the way! Yesterday evening, we were invited to dinner with friends, and I noticed a table full of fabulously elegant candles, all with our stamp designs on them. So I asked Debby how she made them, and she offered to show me. At which point, I grabbed my Ipad, followed her into her wonderful craftroom, and this blog ensued.
Before we begin, please allow me to introduce you to our
good friend Debby Berry.
I am sure many of you know how to transfer images onto candles. Well, this was new to me, and I was delighted to be guided by Debby. What a great teacher! So whilst Dave and Gill played with guitars, we got candle-arty!
Ready, steady, go!
Stamp your image onto a piece of tissue paper using a Black Archival
Dry it with your heatgun.
Paint the image on the tissue paper with Perfect Pearls
(Mica Powders) diluted with water.
Debby helped me here. I was looking for my glasses!
So we painted the pears gold...
Then coloured in the leaves with distress markers.
Next, we cut out the Pear tree. It was funny, because I was being Oh so careful! And Debby was saying politely, “No need to cut so close”, which I guess means “Get on with it for Pete’s sake!”
Now comes the magic ingredient: Wax Paper.
Oh. And a candle! Debby reckons Morrisons do really good, cheap ones. And she should know! She’s got a little production line going here!
So you have to lay the cut out tissue image onto the candle
and then wrap the wax paper tightly around it, and hold it tight at the back
Then it’s time to literally melt the tissue image into the wax. It only takes seconds. Debby said it’s best to go around the outside of the image first and then do the centre.
It really only takes seconds. You see it bubble a little and start to look waxy.
Then, straightaway, peel off the wax paper
to reveal a very, very professional looking
It was going so well, Debby decided to show me another trick, using embossing powder this time.
So we stamped the image again in Black Archival on tissue, and sprinkled it with Detail Gold embossing powder.
It embosses really beautifully on Tissue Paper!
At this point, Debby offered to cut out the pear. I figure it was agony watching me labour around the leaves! So she whizzed round in seconds!
But I was allowed to do the Wax Paper + Heatgun trick!
We placed the image on the other side of the candle.
And Oh Boy! Was that impressive.
I had such fun! So many, many thanks to Debby for the lesson,
and to Gill and Debby for the wonderful evening!
And I’m pleased as punch with both sides
of our new Christmas candle xxx