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    jbeli70618
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    Default Making your own Christmas Gift Idea

    Since we've been talking about making your own Christmas gifts, I was

    searching the interenet & came across flower pressed candles. Seeing

    that we're in flower season, I thought this would be perfect to make

    with the kids. We're going to make a bunch of these for teachers at

    school, my husbands staff at work and relatives.



    Tools and Materials



    * Microwave flower press (Available at Lee Valley Tools, $29.95 -

    Item GM420)

    * Natural coloured beeswax, either sheets or chunks (available at

    White Rose and other craft stores)

    * Tin pie plate for melting beeswax

    * Fresh flowers, pine needles, cedar, rosehips, or leaves

    * Big candles (at least 4" in diameter)

    * 1/2-inch art paintbrush



    The key item you need for this project is the microwave flower press,

    a kiln-fired pair of terra cotta slabs measuring 6" x 6". This

    remarkable unit presses flowers in less than two minutes (instead of

    the three weeks it takes in a traditional press) and preserves the

    colours brilliantly.

    Steps



    1. Put on some Christmas music and pour yourself a libation.

    2. Count on making a mess. Arrange newspapers and paper towels on

    the kitchen counter to catch waxy drips.

    3. Melt beeswax in a tin pie plate. The reason I use beeswax and

    not paraffin is that it's more stretchy and gooey, so it makes a nice

    flexible seal for the flowers. Paraffin tends to chip, crack and

    crumble when used as an appliqué medium.

    4. Start pressing flowers. Roses take about two minutes. More

    delicate flowers or leaves may take only one minute.

    5. Dip your paintbrush into the melted beeswax and dab it all over

    the back of a pressed flower. While the wax is still hot, press the

    flower onto the surface of the candle. Then paint lots more melted

    wax over the surface of the flower so it's preserved under a layer of

    wax.

    6. Add more flowers to the candle surface. When you've finished

    covering the candle with flowers, paint over any blank spots with

    more beeswax so the whole candle is the same texture and colour.

    7. If you're making the candle for a guy, use screws, nuts and

    bolts instead of flowers and he'll have his own workshop candle for

    screwing emergencies.



    If the flower-pressing thing doesn't grab you, try carving designs on

    the surface of candles using a chip carving knife or traditional v-

    tool, available at craft stores or Lee Valley Tools. Carving wax is

    way easier than carving wood, so it's a great project for beginner

    carvers. You can carve geometric patterns, or your company logo

    (urf!) or wavy, curly ivy vines. Then if you're really hot-dogging,

    use a contrasting colour of beeswax to paint in the lines you've

    carved.



    Tammy
















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    Kristin Keller
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    you can also take a candle, rubber stamps, tissue paper, dye ink, and chalks or

    colored pencils and do the same type of thing. They turn out great and are

    inexpensive to make if you have some stamps already! The thing to remember is

    after stamping the image on the tissue paper and coloring it in, is to cut out

    as close to the image as possible, then using a heat tool (like a wallpaper

    stripper or heat embosser) and hold it over the candle where you want the image

    to go. Apply a bit of heat, press the image onto the candle and repeat. The

    candle literally absorbs the image. heat until there is a thin coat of the wax

    from the candle over it.

    They turn out beautiful and make nice gifts.



    Kristin Keller AVON ISR



    --- On Sun, 7/6/08, jbeli70618 wrote:

    From: jbeli70618

    Subject: Budget101.com : Making your own Christmas Gift Idea

    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com

    Date: Sunday, July 6, 2008, 4:47 PM







    Since we've been talking about making your own Christmas gifts, I

    was



    searching the interenet & came across flower pressed candles.






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    sandy miller
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    Default Making your own Christmas Gift Idea

    One of the things I do is go to garage sales and if I find plain,unpainted wooden items like boxes or baskets then I buy those for anywhere from .25 to 1.00.I then bring them home and tole paint a pretty scene on them.Then I seal them and give as gifts.I may have anywhere from 3.00 to 5.00 tied up in them but they are very much received with glee.I also buy silk flowers during clearance sales and buy wreaths at garage sales and clean them up and decorate with the clearanced flowers.Another inexpensive gift that is very well received.I will also buy yarn that I find at garage sales and make crocheted throws or sweaters,hats,etc.For neighbors,I always make homemade sweet goodies for my family so just make extras an buy cookie tins at garage sales,or on clearance the year before and put the goodies in these tins and sometimes will make gift baskets by making the goodies,adding inexpensive neat coffee cups and maybe some different teas or cocoa and usually only costs me about
    5.00 to 7.50 per basket.Just some ideas for you.
    Sandy

    Kristin Keller <kmkluvs2scrap@yahoo.com> wrote: you can also take a candle, rubber stamps, tissue paper, dye ink, and chalks or colored pencils and do the same type of thing. They turn out great and are inexpensive to make if you have some stamps already! The thing to remember is after stamping the image on the tissue paper and coloring it in, is to cut out as close to the image as possible, then using a heat tool (like a wallpaper stripper or heat embosser) and hold it over the candle where
    you want the image to go. Apply a bit of heat, press the image onto the candle and repeat. The candle literally absorbs the image. heat until there is a thin coat of the wax from the candle over it.
    They turn out beautiful and make nice gifts.

    Kristin Keller AVON ISR

    --- On Sun, 7/6/08, jbeli70618 wrote:
    From: jbeli70618
    Subject: Budget101.com : Making your own Christmas Gift Idea
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Date: Sunday, July 6, 2008, 4:47 PM

    Since we've been talking about making your own Christmas gifts, I was

    searching the interenet & came across flower pressed candles.
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