Tag Archives: Sculpted Candle

Make your Own Candle

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:

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!

The Foliated Cross

BFC13

BFC13

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., Mayan Tablet at Palenqueand the Medieval carvers and manuscript artists of the Early Middle Ages (1,000 A.D.) incorporated this symbol into their art forms.Berkeley cross carving at Glouchester

"foliating" Greek Ionic capitalSimilarily, 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.

Gesture

   Face of the Virgin MaryA 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.Virgin, back view

 

 

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.Three Quarter view

For more information, or to purchase this handmade candle please click HERE.

 

 

Why Beeswax?

(BSH11) Sacred Heart Candle $20

(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.

Side view, Sacred Heart Candleback view, Sacred Heart