Thursday, October 9, 2008

October Break

Don't fret I'll be back I'm going on a little vacation for a few days ---some fall fun and baking of course planned-shopping and maybe a haunted hayride or two :)
Homecoming Weekend at home-- so I'm excited !!!

Here's a fall craft for you to try :)
A molded candle can light up a room even after the flame is out. Create whimsical orange pumpkins, yellow gourds, and green 'Forelle' pears with blushes of red). They're ideal as a centerpiece for the holiday table or as a gift for a dear friend.

The first thing you'll need to make these candles is a mold in which to pour the molten wax.

A large selection of molds is available at crafts stores, or you can make your own, as we've done using birch logs and pumpkins. Even a candy mold will do the job. Just don't use plastic, which may melt.

Beeswax is soft, with an opaque glow, which provides a visual warmth that remains after the wax has been colored. Finally, dress up some of the candles with paint.

Grouped together, pumpkin and gourd candles, along with walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, and bittersweet, make an eye-catching display.

Color Glossary
Colorant is sold in blocks; cut 1/4-inch square shavings with a knife or a vegetable peeler. For every pound of bleached beeswax, use the following number of shavings to create the various projects in this article.

Pale-orange pumpkins and gourds: 6 white, 4 brown, 2 rust brown, 2 sunshine yellow, 1 olive
Orange pumpkins and gourds: 10 sunshine yellow, 5 rust brown, 2 brown
Yellow gourds: 6 sunshine yellow, 4 white, 2 brown, 1/2 rust brown
Burnt-orange gourds: 6 sunshine yellow, 4 brown, 4 rust brown, 3 cherry, 3 ruby
Violet pinecones: 3 violet, 2 brown, 1 ruby
Logs: 10 brown, 3 rust brown, 3 true black
Pears: 2 olive, 1 turquoise, 1 sunshine yellow, 1/2 rust brown

Happy Crafting

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