Try 2!

Dec. 3rd, 2011 05:03 pm
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Second try at the candles (see previous post for the first) - and yes this one was after I realized I could make inexpensive decor for the wedding from these.

Not as successful.

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Christmas: candles for everyone!



Done using this tutorial that I'd posted a week or so back. The poster used a heat gun, but a commenter said a hair dryer worked just as well for her, so I dusted mine off, held my breath and hoped it wouldn't explode or burn up since it had been collecting dust since 2008, and gave it a whirl.

Took a little bit for the wax to start melting, but at the point were I was wondering if it was going to work, I saw the sheen of melted wax and the tissue paper disappeared into the candle.

I think I need a cheap candle holder of some ilk - preferably wooden as metal would get too hot and you'd think plastic for a candleholder wouldn't melt but you can never be too sure - so I can rotate the candle as it melts without getting wax all over the countertop and myself and smooshing the candle a bit out of shape with the paper towel that I was attempting to shield my hand with.

Not to check what happens if I print a color picture on there, and to poke about for interesting graphics for candles. :D

ETA: Oh, and also to burn this one to test what happens to the paper as it melts down. :)

ETA2: Poking about the intartubes reveals that people doing this technique often use wax paper to hold down the images they're melting into the candle wax -- it keeps their fingers away from the heat so much, and stops the candle deforming as you can hold it in the air away from the counter. Will have to try that!
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So ... got a question here. So Restoration Hardware has some overpriced pillow covers that look like they're made out of old feed sacks and similar-type fabrics, which I kind of like. KnockOff Decor has a couple of ways to do something similar, like stenciling and I found a similar one using office-supply-store iron-on sheets (no link because I forgot where I found it, and the pillow link at KOD goes to a missing tutorial on another blog).

I don't particularly care to do all the work involved in stenciling, especially because I'd rather use a slightly more complicated patterns or images, like some of the stuff in the New York Public Library's Digital Gallery, and I hate hate hate the iron-on sheets because they leave transparent material around the design after you iron it on (the tutorial I found and promptly lost had it quite visible in one of the photos, although another photo was stages so you couldn't see it). (ETA: Or there's the hand-painting time-sink. Also, this is not the iron-on one I'm talking about, but you get the same idea of the transparent stuff from the pictures.)

So ... ideas for transferring images onto fabric? There's always the possibility of one of those sites that prints patterns on fabric for you, although that will drive the cost up to close to the RH prices if I use good fabric, so it's a last resort for me because I start thinking that I could just save my time and buy the damn things. There's the products that allow you to print your own pattern on fabric with your printer but I want pillows larger than 8.5x11", which is what our current printer handles.


ETA2: Putting this link to the Graphics Fairy here to look through later for possible images.

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