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RE: Candle making kits

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From: Sears, Ellen (ESears_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Mar 21 2005 - 10:53:17 PST


 I tried to find your kit on the site - and then search on-line for ideas -
 
Does this sound right:
 GRANULATED WAX CANDLES

Granulated Wax Candles are created when a special Granulated Wax is poured
into a container (usually a glass tumbler) a rigid wax coated wick is placed
in the centre. A piece of paper is then placed over the top of the candle
and a hot iron is placed on the paper. The wax granules melt at the surface
and seal in the other granules. As the candle burns the wax continues to
melt thus keeping the candle sealed at all times. These types of candles are
great for children because no "melting" of wax is involved.

or maybe this:

Bead Candles

Another simple, though sometimes slightly messier, method of candle making
is using the wax "beads" that are now available in most craft stores. These
are small balls of wax, in a rainbow of colors, which can be poured into a
jar to create candles (think of the sand jars that kids love doing at
fairs--it's the same concept).

To make these, you need wax beads, a glass container (you could use heavy
plastic, but glass is safer in this instance), and a wick with a weight at
the bottom (buy candle weights, or tie a metal washer to the wick). Other
useful supplies include spoons and a pencil (or pen).

Tie one end of the wick to a pencil, and the other end to a weight. Put the
weight into the glass container, balancing the pencil across the container
lip to keep in place. Then , simply spoon wax beads into the jar, filling it
about 1/2 full. Cut the wick off the pen (leaving some sticking out of the
wax), and you have a candle!

This is a great craft for all age children, assuming they won't eat the wax
beads. Candles can be individualized by choosing a jar that suits the
specific person--a shaped container, one tinted in a favorite color, or one
painted with a specific design or the person's name.

Once your kids have mastered these candle crafts, they may be interested in
trying some more advanced candle-making projects. A great starting point for
these is Waxed <http://www.vashti.net/WaxedOut/candlemaking.htm> Out, which
has information on supplies, possible projects, and even storing finished
candles.

 

Ellen

 

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