When You Play with Fire…
You’re going to get burnt. Unless you’re careful and don’t touch the flame. Crazy talk, right?
I’m still preparing for the pirate wedding. Its three days away now. Every pirate worth his salt knows if you have a table of treasure you need some light to see the treasure.
The main table at the reception will have a good bit of candles in bottles. Don’t worry, we are not going to have them lit. Except for pictures. We may be pirates but we are cautious pirates.
I wanted the bottles and candles to look used with lots of wax dripping.
Cue thinking music that gets louder as I approach an idea, then ending on a high dramatic note as the idea takes root and I exclaim, “Aha. I’ve got it!”
I need three things for this project: bottles, candles and fire.
When dripping candles you want a candle that’s going to drip with ease and drip fast. The cheaper the candle the better the drip.
To the dollar store I go. I get bottles and candles. Also some twine, I’ve been wanting to try my hand with projects using twine. Seems like a good time to start.
One bottle I left as is the other I wrapped twine at the top. I thought I had some craft glue but didn’t so I used crazy glue for the twine placement. So after I was able to get my fingers and hands unglued from one another I was ready for some wax dripping.
Looking back I should have poured sand in the bottles before waxing. No worries I have 20 more bottles to get that part right.
So learn from my mistakes. Pour the sand or whatever you are using to weigh down the bottles in first. You don’t need to fill them full just a few inches so they are not easy to tip over.
Hold candle and light it. Tilt the candle, so the flame touches the wax. Once it starts to drip hold candle on edge of bottle lip. Let your wax build up a good drip line before moving around bottle. If the bottle hole is too big for candle to sit in let wax drip on inside of lip to build up and make the hole smaller. Keep waxing until the candle fits snugly.
Place candle in hole. The candle is still lit. Light another candle in matching color. Now use that candle to make wax drippings on candle in jar. You can drip a little or a lot. Having both candles lit gives you two flames burning that second candle so you get more and faster wax dripping. (The photo shows only one lit, that is so you could see the drip better.)
Once I am happy with the look I let the candle in jar burn down to whatever length I want it.
Two down 20-ish more to go. No rest for the wicked.
If you need to transport the bottles to a different location I would wait to place candles in bottles and do their candle dripping. Do that part after you have set jars where they need to go and placed candles in the bottles. Plan on one to three minutes for each candle.
This is a project that kids DO NOT need to be involved in. Even though I spent one six week semester of fifth grade doing candle wax dripping art. It was the 80s and safety was not something that was practiced back then. Can you imagine looking into a classroom full of kids and everyone of them playing with fire? Holy arsonist training Batman!