By Bob Sherman
|140 Melt Point Paraffin Wax||Enough to fill your mold twice (once per color).|
|Vybar 103||1 level teaspoon per pound of wax.|
|Optional. 1 ounce per pound of wax.|
|Tray of Sand||A plastic shoe box was used here. I used construction grade sand, but play sand works well also.|
|Melting / Pouring Pot||Minimum one. One for each color is more convenient.|
|Dyes||This looks best when made in contrasting colors.|
|Wick||Sized to fit your candle diameter and wax formula.|
|Votive Mold||One. Used to make the stem. Any similar shaped object may be substituted.|
|Glass Bowl||One. Used to form the mushroom cap.|
|Heat Gun||The type used for stripping paint - from the hardware store. If you prefer, a propane torch may be used.|
|Metal Rods||Two, approximately 6 inches long. Heavy metal wire or rod is used to make the wick holes.|
|1. The sand is prepared by stirring in water until the sand is wet enough to hold its shape. Level and smooth the surface of the sand.||2. Press the bowl into the sand to form the cavity for the cap.|
|3. Repeat with the votive mold several inches away from the cavity made in step 2.||4. The 2 mold cavities ready for use.|
|5. Position a metal rod vertically in the center of both cavities.||6. The wax is poured at 160 degrees F. Important! - pouring too hot will cause the sand to adhere to the wax. NOTE! - Melting wax can be dangerous if not done properly. Please read the Safety Rules before beginning this step or continuing.|
|7. Once fully hardened, remove the two pieces from the sand. Pull the metal rods out and brush off any sand that has adhered to the wax.||8. Use a heated pan or electric griddle to level the top of the stem. This will allow a better bond to the cap.|
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Author: Bob Sherman
Publisher: Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc.
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