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Decorative Firestarters Project
By Bob Sherman
originally published this project in 1998 and have rewritten and modernized
it to fit this site. This technique makes firestarters that are both beautiful
and functional. These look great in a basket near the fireplace or as components
in a gift basket. If you scent them, they will act as air fresheners until
used. For this project I used Autumn colors and cups, but they can be made
for any season.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT CONFUSE THESE WITH CANDLES! Although made with
some candle making materials, these are not candles and are designed
to burn with a large flame. These should only be used in areas suitable
for making fires such as a fireplace or campfire.
Most of the candle making supplies needed can be ordered directly from
this page for your convenience.
PLEASE NOTE!! - Candle making can be dangerous if proper
safety procedures are not followed. Please read these Safety
Rules before attempting any candle making projects.
This article assumes basic candle making skills. If you are new to candle
making, my Introduction To Candle Making Course
is free and will show you all the basics for working with wax safely.
None - Any paraffin wax will suffice and this is a great way
to use up scraps, drippings, half burned candles, etc....
Candle Making Supplies
The following candle making supplies and other materials were used to
make this candle. Clicking on the item name will bring you to that item's
page with a full description and ordering information.
||Paraffin scraps or the cheapest paraffin wax you can find.
||Optional. 1 ounce per pound of wax if you want these to have a scent.
/ Pouring Pot
||Minimum one. One for each color is more convenient.
||Optional. I used orange dye for this project.
||Scraps leftover from candle making work well.
||One. To hold the paper cups.
|Paper Baking Cups
||One for each. Cupcake size. may be plain or decorative.
||One for each - optional, but looks very nice.
Step By Step Instructions
|1. A standard cupcake pan was used.
||2. Place a paper baking cup in each opening.
|3. Melt your wax. Add color and / or scent if desired.
Fill each cup 3/4 full. Pouring temperature on these
is not critical and the can be poured as soon as the wax liquefies.
If you plan to color or scent you will need to bring the wax temperature
up around 175 degrees F. to get the dye and scent to blend in.
||4. Bend lengths of wick into a U shape. Position a
length of wick in each cup. Note how the wick protrudes on both sides
of each cup.
|5. Allow the wax to firm up, then position one pine
cone in each cup.
||6. Make a second pour to just below the top of each
|7. Once fully cooled, trim the wicks.
||8. The finished firestarters.
Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my
knowledge and common candle making practices as of the time of this writing
- September 2006. The author and the publisher accept no liability for the
use or misuse of any of the information presented in this article. This article
is presented for informational purposes and is used at your own risk.
Author: Bob Sherman
Publisher: Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc.
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