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This box was heavy, but I had no idea what the project was from this first look!
Candles! The January 2017 Adults & Crafts theme was “Geometric Candle Kit.”
The box included most all of the necessary materials for the project – candle designs, razor, dye chips, paraffin wax, glue, clothespin, two boil bags, glass, three wicks and wick sticks. The only things I needed were scissors, a saucepan, water and tin foil.
I must say, these candle designs looked pretty intimidating. The box included a razor blade to cut out the pattern, but I found it easier to just use scissors instead. The instructions weren’t totally clear on how to fold these, but I eventually figured it out. Once I figured out the first one, the second was easy, but it was a tedious process. What the instructions were clear on, though, was that all the edges needed to be sealed tightly so that the wax didn’t seep out. I used both the included glue AND tape and assumed I would be okay.
Adding the Wicks
Adding the wicks was easy. I wish they would have included more than one clothespin though to keep the wick(s) in place. I made do with just one, but 2 or 3 more would have helped.
Melting the Wax
Melting the wax was super easy. I melted three bars at a time and had zero issues.
Making the Candles
I was totally sure I had sealed my candle forms very well, and then I poured the wax in. Wrong. Wax seeped out everywhere. Ugh. I had already invested a lot of time in this and was started to stress that it wasn’t going to turn out. I think I may have broken a sweat. It was too late to turn back, though.
What I decided to do was to let the first layer I poured in dry completely. I left the wax that had seeped out just where it was.
Doing this formed a (real) seal which let the second layer of wax (not all of it, but most of it) stay in the candle form. Somewhere along the way I also poured in the candle scent. The instructions didn’t say where to use it or how much to use, so I just guessed.
It wasn’t easy, but my candles turned out! Peeling off the paper candle form was easier than I had expected it would be. And all the wax pooled around the bottom of the candle also just peeled off the paper. It wasn’t my intention to make layered candles, but that’s how it ended up working out.
The box also included a little glass votive. I have no idea what it was for (there was no mention of it in the instructions), so I poured some wax in there and used my last wick (the box included three) to make a candle. By far this was the easier candle I made from the box.
This was one of the more challenging Adults & Crafts projects. I think the instructions could have used a little more detail and there has to be a better way to sea up those candle forms so that wax doesn’t seep out so easily. My mom and I were thinking maybe super glue? School glue just didn’t cut it and it, was difficult to hold the oddly shaped candle form in place while it dried. Still, I am pleased with my candles and quite proud of how they turned out.