Steak And Potato Part 2 Candle Making Project

By Bob Sherman

Part two of this two part article will demonstrate making the steak.

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The same wax formula was used throughout this candle.

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Item Amount Used
140 Melt Point Paraffin Wax Several pounds.
Vybar 103 1 level teaspoon per pound of wax.

Scent Oil

Optional - 1 ounce per pound of wax.
Steak And Potato Mold One. The same painting techniques may be adapted to any food mold.
Melting / Pouring Pot One for each color.
Thermometer One
Dyes Harvest gold, Brown
Wick #1 square braid was used here, but you may need a different size depending on your wax formula and candle diameter.
Acrylic Floor Wax I recommend Future Brand - from the supermarket. Alternatively a clear matte acrylic spray can be used.
Paint Brushes One moderately stiff brush, and one soft brush 1/2 inch wide will suffice. You will also need a pointy brush.
Paint - Steak Ivory, Charcoal Grey, Fat color, Dark Brown (same as used for potato)
Baking Pan, Wooden Spoon, Measuring Spoons Purchase at a housewares store or a dollar store.

Step By Step Instructions

1. Follow the same instructions for the pouring steak as you did for the potato. The main difference is that you should dye the steak brown. Level the base and trim if necessary. 2. Before continuing, brush 2 coats of floor wax on or spray several coats of clear acrylic. Allow it to dry between each coat. This will make it easier to paint.
3. Select a good bone color and paint the bone with a soft brush. Something in the ivory family works well for this. The color will be toned down in a later step so do not be concerned with the brightness. 4. Select a good color for the fat. This should be painted on thin so some of the "meat" shows through. Use a pointy brush to add some veins of fat in addition to painting the strip of fat opposite the bone.

5. Dilute some grey paint with water to create a wash. This should basically be grey water so use 9 parts water to one part paint.

6. Apply to the entire steak using a soft brush. This will tone down the fat and bone color as well as creating shadows where it pools in the recesses. Note how this subdued the bright colors. Allow to dry fully before proceeding.
7. Prepare a dry brush using dark brown paint. 8. Scrub the steak the dry brush. Only one or two brushings should be needed.
9. The finished steak. I find these look better without wicks, but if desired a hole can be drilled and a wick inserted.  

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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 Originally published in the late February 1998 and updated in October 2007 and July 2011. 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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