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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Working on Santa makedos and candle dipping


I have been working on some Santa Makedo's this weekend. This is a tweaked version of one of my You are Special Patterns. I have made this one for several years now. I was able to purchase some red/white quilts, and I used the for the hats. I have put a freebie version at the bottom of the page in the download box.

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I spent some time dipping candles this weekend. I used some candles I had purchased at the Dollar tree.

I melted my beeswax and colored it a nice colored brown. I used a pair of tongs to hold the wick to dip it. As the beeswax starts to harden up some, you just keep dipping and you will get a nice grubby looking candle. A tip, after you have dipped your candle in wax, immediately immerse in cold water and it will harden it. Continue dipping in wax and then cold water, until you have desired look for your candle



beeswax is starting to get mushy and you can see the small pieces of wax attaching to the candle, this will look really grubby and lumpy after it has been rolled in spices.


This is another smaller candle I made, these were rolled in spices after dipping. These look more prim. I like to print out a label with vintage Santas and tie around a couple of candles with some jute. These look great in an old bowl.





13 comments:

  1. It is always fun to come to your blog. Thank you for keeping me motivated to work, and sharing your designs. I love your patterns!!!

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  2. You have some of the greatest tutorials, thanks for sharing with all of us some of your secrets to crafting. You are so nice to do this. Years ago when I was getting into crafts, no one shared anything they were so afraid that you would hurt their business. Its so refreshing to see that this one thing has changed and craft people are willing to help one another. Thanks again.
    Pat

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  3. Thanks Sandy...love the candle tut and their wrappings! Thanks for the sweet Santa!! I agree...artists who share are just wonderful!!
    Patti

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  4. I have one of those Santa make-dos! Love him!!
    Thanks for all the freebie patterns. You are such a giving person. Hope all is well with you.

    Judy

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  5. Sandy, how are you feeling? I hope you are resting plenty and getting in that pool. It's been nice and hot here to swim. I just love the faces on those Santas. They are so very sweet, just like the little old man that he is. Pat is right, years ago everyone was so closed-mouth and guarded about methods and shortcuts. Things are so relaxed now. We always appreciate your sharing with us. You're a very special lady.
    Warm Regards,
    Susan B., Western MA

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  6. Thank you for the great tutorial on the candles.Love the Santa make do.It is very generous of you to share so many freebies.Have a blessed day ,Jen

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  7. Hi Sandy~

    Love your Santa make do with the quilted hats.

    Have a wonderful evening~Becky

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  8. Love your Santa's!!!
    Thanks for the tutorial!
    Prim Blessings
    Robin

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  9. Great post Sandy! Your candles turned out awesome and like everyone said, thanks for sharing a great tutorial with us.
    Hope you are having a great week!
    Blessings,
    Sheila

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  10. Thanks for the great tutitorial. Iam going to give it a try. Your santas look great.
    Linda

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  11. What did you use to color the beeswax? At what point do you roll them in the spices? Thanks. Love these!

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  12. love these. thanks for the how to.
    I see questions but no answers. I also want to know what you colored your bees wax with?
    thanks just love these.
    Blessings
    Barb

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