It’s easy to make your own candle. My prototype is complex but simple forms are usually best for candles. Hover over each image to see the steps that I take, or double click on the image to enlarge:
Air-dried clay can be bought at Walmart or Dick Blick’s
I glued this form Upside down to a board with hot glue, after I straightened the top
Here I used sheet metal and tape to make the Mother Mold. Be creative! Remember, you must be able to open this outer mold after silicone has been poured in.
Slice through silicone with a sharp knife to remove prototype
Some forms require support from the Mother Mold, this one did not. I added fragrance & color from http://www.justbynature.com.
Candle may be painted using wax paint from http://www.Uchida.com
To save you a lot of aggravation I have a couple of important tips that I have learned along the way.
1. You can use a variety of products to cast your mold with. Smooth On is a great company with helpful videos and numerous products for the job at hand. Be very aware that the Platinum cure silicons will NOT set up if you use plasticine clay for your prototype so don’t use it. For small projects, Walmart or Dick Blick’s have good air-dried clays.
2. Silicone sneaks out of any little crevice, so your wooden box mold (or metal as I have used here), MUST be leak proof. After you have screwed up all the edges, (or taped it as I have done here), use a hot glue gun to glue the box down around your sculpture, and then run glue up along all edges to make a tight seal. Run it around the bottom as well, and have it ready to use should you find it beginning to leak as you are pouring in the silicone.
3. When you are pouring your candle wax into the prepared mold, pour about a third at a time, and rotate the mold allowing it to flow into undercuts and eliminate air bubbles. At tricky spots that tend to create missed areas, you can rub with a tool of some kind to allow the wax to get into those areas.
Good Luck! Hope you have as much fun creating candles as I’m having. The smell of real beeswax is so intoxicating you might just decide to take up beekeeping as I did!
Posted in How it's Made
Tagged candlemaking, casting, DIY, how to make a candle, Just By Nature, make your own candle, moldmaking, Sculpted Candle, silicone, Smoothon, Uchida
A long time personal favorite symbol, the Foliated Cross is very ancient. Sometimes called a “floriated cross” this crucifix form, with arms ending in leaves or encircled with living vines is a natural expression of the unstoppable force of life.
Cultures as far cast as the Mesoamerican Mayans in 690 A.D., and the Medieval carvers and manuscript artists of the Early Middle Ages (1,000 A.D.) incorporated this symbol into their art forms.
Similarily, even the ancient Greeks as early as the 6th century B.C. breathed Life into inanimate stone, by adding budding volutes to the ends of their Ionic Columns.
The unique Foliated Cross Candle pictured at top, is cast in a mixture of beeswax and soy, and is available immediately for purchase by clicking HERE.
You can order a custom-made candle in any form that YOU can imagine by contacting me at: Lydia@SculptedPortrait.com, or by calling me at: (618) 664-0068.
A lilt, a tip of the head, a curve, a sway…… these gestures give sense of life to something as humble as this gentle Virgin candle.
The ancient sculptural technique of the contropposto stance, the sense of the figure shifting its weight to one leg, imbues a feeling of both movement, grace, and relaxation to the human form.
Gesture is everything in portraiture.
For more information, or to purchase this handmade candle please click HERE.
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Tagged beeswax, candle, contraposto, contropposto, curve, devotional, devotional statue, figurative candles, gesture, Marian, Mary statue, Sculpted Candle, Sculpted Portrait, soy wax, sway, Virgin Mary
(BSH11) 11" h x 3.5" w x 3" d
$20 Sacred Heart Candle. Click HERE to purchase.
1. I love the smell of beeswax! I keep some close to my bedside because the fragrance is so relaxing.
2. Beeswax candles burn without smoking, as paraffin candles do. Who wants to breathe in a petroleum based product like paraffin, anyways?
3. Beeswax candles burn longer than paraffin candles.
4. Certain religious traditions favor the use of devotional candles cast in beeswax because the rich substance typifies well, the blessed body of Christ, born of the Virgin Mary.
5. It takes a lot of bee work to create beeswax so it is a costly material. I have blended a mixture of 1/2 beeswax & 1/2 soy wax (an all plant product) to cast my candles, allowing me to keep the prices reasonable. You can request your candle to be cast in PURE beeswax if you would prefer, for an extra $8.
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Tagged bee keeping, beekeeping, beeswax, candlemaking, casting, christian traditions, devotion, liturgical, religious candles, Sacred Heart, Sculpted Candle, soy wax, why