This is a story about how to make a bright and unusual, I would say, even emotional, a candle in the form of Easter eggs. Unlike classical carved candles, based on the workpiece-stars, where you need months to fill his hand, so that the result was admired, with that described in the master class candle handle any, even a child. Be sure to turn out beautifully. All patterns are cut with just one knife.

easter candle

So, down to business.
We need:
  1. Paraffin (I have food bedded P2).
  2. Molds or ready-made candle in the shape of an egg (my height 9 cm, 6 cm in diameter).
  3. WICK (I cotton braid 30 strands. If your candle is less than or greater than mine, and the wick, respectively, need thinner or thicker).
  4. From two to infinity metal containers for colored wax.
  5. The dyes to color the wax to get (better special, like me, but you can replace them with wax crayons).
  6. Knives for cutting (to them I will discuss later).
  7. Bucket with water.
  8. Hook, large enough to make it comfortable to hold in hand.
  9. The beam, which can be hung from this hook.
  10. Soft tissue paper.
  11. Candle paint (optional).
easter candle
I will not talk in detail about the casting in the form of candles, on the topic of master classes is already there. Only repeat some important points, and I will give myself a few tips:
– ALWAYS melting paraffin in a water bath, it is a safety issue;
– During the cooling wax shrinks, so it should be 2-3 times fill up in shape. If the shape of a large, take a couple of punctures in paraffin needle to prevent the formation of voids;
– Pre-impregnated wick is not required. The end of the wick leave long, not less than 10 cm, to the candle-billet was convenient to hang.;
– Silicone shaped candle is extracted easily. If you have a plastic or metal form, to extract candles may require additional manipulation: put the form in the refrigerator for 10 minutes (not in the freezer!) Or lower for a few seconds in hot water;
– Work surfaces in the kitchen (you do after all there?) Cover the film or newspapers. Unpainted paraffin erased easily, but why extra care.
Ready to fill silicone mold looks like this:
easter candle
Rezinochkami need to get through the technical section (for easy removal of the finished candle from the mold) is not poured paraffin.
The finished candle-harvesting is suspended.
easter candle
You will need to build a small candle shop. The most affordable way – several metal containers with colored paraffin (tins, cans, small kastryulek) put into one big, and put on a plate, in a water bath. Minimum need two container – with white and colored paraffin. Since the carved candle is my all, I have a professional installation with 12 colors, is such.
candles with their hands
Boast, let us return to the case where there is no such facility. Several containers with small colored paraffin in one large water bath. We put on a plate. Bring to a boil it is not necessary! Enough to warm the wax up to 60-80 degrees temperature. Then, turn off the stove, carefully stir the wax because dye tends to sag. You can start.
I’ll make a candle in the yellow-orange-red range. The colors – my favorite gradient. This will smooth the transition from white to the purple color through yellow, orange and red colors.
Candle-blank, hanging on a hook, drop the first color – white. Drop quickly, but smoothly, we try not to splash all around. Give paraffin drain, then lowered into the water, too quickly, as fast as you can. The purpose of lowering the water – to fix a layer of wax, but do not let it cool down completely, leave warm. Droplets of water carefully wipe cloth. Again omitted in paraffin, again in the water. So 20-40 times!
Why such a spread? Because the higher the temperature of the wax, the thinner the layer it on a candle, will require more layers. Each master himself finds himself most comfortable working temperature and the number of layers. In this master class – the golden mean, 70 degrees, 30 layers.
So, I started with the white color, then alternately dipped in white and yellow, so that the transition is smooth. Then several layers of yellow, then alternating yellow and orange, then orange, then orange-red … Well, you understand. The last color in the chain – purple.
easter candle
On this inner layers to an end, now you need to make a beautiful candle surface. For a start we will block the color purple and white. This will require 3-7 white layers, depending on the concentration of white pigment. In the process of dipping from time to time free up the wick from the layers of wax to candle looked neat.
easter candle
When the white suits me, get down to the most beloved – gradient at the surface of the candle. Candle omit all the same color (except purple), but not entirely. First, a yellow, slightly less then orange, and very little red. That such a surface is obtained.
easter candle

easter candle

All! The candle is ready for cutting. The most interesting, exciting, magical stage of the work. And … very transience. We have 10 minutes, and then the wax has cooled completely and cut it will be impossible. So we do everything quickly, but do not panic.
Dangle a candle at the bar, I prefer to just cut it when the candle hanging at eye level. First, clean the wick.
easter candle
Then cut formed during dipping stalactite to the candle is level and stable standing. I use ordinary office knife. You can use any sharp knife with a thin blade. A rare shot – carved candle, bottom view.
Now cut patterns. Oh, turn on the imagination!
I’ll cut flower on stem with leaf, and with a few blades of grass. Opportunities correct picture will not be, so I recommend to do first layout-sketch. We use non-acute needle.
easter candle
Getting a leaf, cut a strip of wax, unfold and stack it so that, together with its groove, it formed the outline of a leaf.
 
easter candle

Next, cut out a few blades of grass, in the same way as cut stem. And just doing framing of the composition. The main figure is ready!

Do not forget that we have a candle not only beautiful, but (primarily) Easter. Therefore, the back of the candle will engrave letters XB. “B” is cut simply and “X” with a little trick – at first I cut the strip (one of the letters of the lines “X”), and spins it into a spiral, but do not fit directly into their groove, and leave, and I cut a second, cross the line and now I stack spiral into place. Elegant bukovki ready!

easter candle

Actually ready and all the candle, there were some nuances. I rent a candle with a suspension and a semi-circular knife for carving cut out a circle around the wick. For this purpose, you can use the MDL suitable size. This operation can not prodelyvat, but! With such a groove around the wick, when burning, the wax will not flow down and spoil the picture for a long time. And the candle is more accurate.

Since I started talking about burning – burning candles are remarkably beautiful, colored layers of opaque and serdtsevinka of colorless wax passes light, so the entire candle is illuminated from the inside through the slits. Believe me, this show is worth it to light a candle on a celebratory table.

Further, while in the street cold season (and that in April, mess), I hung the still warm the candle to cool the balcony. In summer, cools in a bucket of water.

When the candle has cooled, dip it in a special candle paint. Nail trim gives shine and adds a little strength. This step can be skipped easily.

One day, when the lacquer is completely dry, plug ready for a photo shoot and to the publication, hurray!

easter candle
easter candle
easter candle
As poskriptum few bonus tips:
– During the cutting does not grasp the candle as a last hope, will it go away from you and from your fingers can remain incorrigible dents.Just gently hold, not to hang out. If you have a choice to grasp a smooth surface, or for drawing, grasp the spiral, they are more resistant to deformation;

easter candle

– Do not think of a time when cut a candle. Cut quickly but without haste, without fuss;

easter candle

– Better nedorezanny candle than intersected. It sounded awful, but the meaning is clear 🙂 Do not get carried away patterns, do the minimum necessary and a little bit more. Flight of fancy store to the next article;

easter candle

– Plan the color scheme, the color sequence and the thickness of the layers. I even have a book with “recipes” of colors (you can see some photos here);

easter candle

– The same applies to the drawing. Let not the details, but the pre-think over the basic elements and their composition;

– Enjoy the process. While you do this without my advice! Because the cutting process magical, a must try.

easter candle

easter candle

courtesy: livemaster
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