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  • Candle carving

    Anyone carve their candles? Is it fun?

    I ask, because I recently bought a book on it... and it looks like a pretty difficult skill to master.

  • #2
    Have watched a video on it and it looks fascinating.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dopSFltncZI

    I assume you use special type of wax (more 'pliable') and need quite a range of equipment - and heap loads of skill and inspiration!

    I'm still trying to get to grips with the basics of making plain candles and might give it a try at a later date. Good luck if you have a go.

    Oddsox

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    • #3
      Oddsox, I love that video. I think she takes it very seriously though.Three months studying in America? Hmmm.
      I bought a book by Dana Roberts - and she says that anyone can do it with a bit of effort.

      I guess the truth lies somewhere in between.

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      • #4
        I first saw this as a demo in the states years ago and the results were brilliant. could not imagine doing this myself though as I think I would end up in a mess of wax, lol

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        • #5
          Ah... the cutting-curly-flaps sort of candle carving... I've only seen it done on just-made dipped candles, so the wax is still warm and flexible. It sets to normal wax as it cools.

          I've done the ordinary sort of candle carving myself - just take a pointy thing, or a v-shaped tool of some kind, and carve a design of some sort into a candle. That's pretty easy, really. Works well with colour-dipped candles, as you show through to the white underneath.
          Cheers,
          Scorch

          Scorch's Pyrography : www.scorchpyro.co.uk
          Crafts on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso...7606138937826/

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Scorch View Post
            Ah... the cutting-curly-flaps sort of candle carving... I've only seen it done on just-made dipped candles, so the wax is still warm and flexible. It sets to normal wax as it cools.

            I've done the ordinary sort of candle carving myself - just take a pointy thing, or a v-shaped tool of some kind, and carve a design of some sort into a candle. That's pretty easy, really. Works well with colour-dipped candles, as you show through to the white underneath.
            Yes, I've seen that done. Looks fun.

            I've also seen 'candle carving' done with a hot iron. You 'melt off' patterns into the wax.

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