gototopgototop
 

Craft tips, tricks, tutorials.

Craft tips, tricks, tutorials.

theCraftIdeas.com-Facebook theCraftIdeas-Twitter theCraftIdeas.com-Google+
theCraftIdeas.com-E-mail theCraftIdeas.com-Pinterest theCraftIdeas.com-YouTube
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
How to Make Faceted Candles

Whether you're a geometry fan or just in love with the faceted trend, make some Archimedean solid candles to add a splash of shape and color to your everyday life. Download the free templates to make your own geometric molds.


Supplies

supplies-geocanldes

1. Make the Truncated Tetrahedron

Step 1

Download the template for the first Archimedean solid, the truncated tetrahedron.

pattern1

Print it on card stock paper in A4 size (8.5in x 11in). You can also use heavyweight printer paper or photo paper (200-240gsm).

1-geocanldes

Step 2

Cut carefully along the dotted line of the pattern. Use a cutter for greater precision.

How to Make Faceted Candles How to Make Faceted Candles

Step 3

Now you need to fold all the solid lines of the template. I'll guide you through each fold. Flip the paper over, so that the printed face is facing downwards. Use a thin ruler as a guide for perfectly straight folds.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Once the line is scored, remove the ruler and crease well.

How to Make Faceted Candles

First, fold all the numbered tabs upwards.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Fold all the pentagons inwards.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Last, fold the three small triangles and crease well.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Step 4

Unfold the paper.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Add some craft glue on tab number one.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Glue each numbered flap on the grey area with the same number.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Keep the flap in place with your fingers until it's firmly glued.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Keep on gluing the rest of the tabs in the same way, in the numbered order, until your truncated tetrahedron is complete.

How to Make Faceted Candles

2. Make the Cuboctahedron

Step 1

Find the cuboctaedron pattern here.

pattern2

Print it out.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Step 2

Carefully cut out the shape, following the dotted line on the pattern.

How to Make Faceted Candles How to Make Faceted Candles

Step 3

Flip the pattern over and fold inwards and crease all the numbered tabs.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Fold inwards along the rest of the pattern's solid lines. Crease them well and then unfold.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Step 4

Add glue along the numbered flaps or the corresponding grey area.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Follow the numbers in the pattern and glue the tabs together.

How to Make Faceted Candles

When you glue tab number eight, your Cuboctahedron (missing the top face) is ready!

How to Make Faceted Candles

3. Make the Pentagonal Antiprism Tube

Step 1

The third pattern is not an Archimedean solid but a tube that consists of pentagonal antiprisms. Don't worry, making the mold is actually much easier than it sounds!

pattern3

Print out the template.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Step 2

Cut out the shape.

How to Make Faceted Candles How to Make Faceted Candles

Step 3

Flip the paper over and use a ruler to help you make neat folds.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Fold upwards and crease all the numbered tabs on the right edge and around the pentagon base of the pattern.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Now, fold to the right along all the diagonal lines.

How to Make Faceted Candles

This time, fold the rest of the diagonal lines to the left.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Last, fold and crease along all horizontal lines of the design, starting with the pentagonal base.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Step 4

Now that all the creases are ready, roll the paper into a cylindrical shape. Glue the numbered tabs with the correspondent grey areas. Start by gluing the pentagonal base of the tube. Make sure you keep the flaps outside the shape.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Fold the tabs on the side as well. Allow to dry and your pentagonal antiprism tube is ready.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Now all three molds are just about ready to go!

How to Make Faceted Candles

4. Prepare for the Candle-Making Process

Step 1

Before you pour wax into the molds, apply a coat of house paint around the outside of the molds. Make sure all of the glue is dry.

33-paint-geocanldes

Be generous with the paint at the corners of the tabs, which are the most vulnerable points of the mold. The paint will function as a protective layer, sealing the polyhedra and preventing any leaking.

When the molds are painted, leave them to dry.

34-paint-geocanldes

Step 2

It's time to add the candle wicks. Use the short 13cm (5in) wicks for molds one and two, and the longer 18cm (7in) wick for mold number three.

Hold the wick inside the mold with the tab on the lower end.Measure the exact length from the bottom to the upper edge of the mold.

35-add wick-geocanldes

Now take a wooden skewer and wrap the wick around it to the required length.

36-add wick-geocanldes

Secure the wick in place with a knot.

37-add wick-geocanldes

Place the skewer on top of the mold and allow the wick to hang inside the mold. Make sure the wick reaches the bottom of the mold and that it is straight.

Also, it needs to be exactly centered so that the candle will burn equally.

38-add wick-geocanldes

Step 3

If you have an old pot, you can use it for heating the wax. Otherwise, if you don't want to sacrifice a pot for candle-making, you can create a wire structure inside a large pot, which can support an empty jam jar.

So first calculate the diameter of your jam jar and twist the wire to create a circle based on this measurement. Then secure two or four ends of the wire to your pot handles.

39-wire pot-geocanldes

Place the jam jar in the wire circle you created, and fill the pot with water. In this way you will create a bain marie structure, which will heat the wax gently and gradually to fixed temperatures and prevent it from boiling.

40-add jar-geocanldes

5. Create the Candles

Step 1

Now you are finally ready to make the candles. A lot of preparation is needed if you want to have an original result.

To add color to the candles, use some leftovers crayons. Make sure all paper is removed! Trim the crayons into small pieces and place them in the jam jar. It is best to start with lighter colors and gradually move towards darker ones. This is why I'm starting with yellow. For completely different tones, use more than one jam jar.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Step 2

Place the pot on the stove on a low temperature. Once the pot starts to heat, the crayons will begin melting. Keep stirring it with a wooden stick (or skewer).

How to Make Faceted Candles

Step 3

Tip: Please be aware that this is a project for adults and you need to be really careful while heating wax. Never leave melting wax unattended. Take all safety precautions and always have a fire extinguisher within reach.

Once the crayon has melted, carefully add the paraffin flakes to the jam jar. To be more precise, I used flakes that are 80 per cent paraffin and 20 per cent stearin. Calculate how much you need for your mold and add the equivalent quantity.

Keep on stirring until it blends into a colorful liquid mix. You can also add some spices or some scented oils if you want to make a scented candle. In this step, keep the temperature low and as your water is really warm, be careful not to allow the wax to boil. You can also use a thermometer to check that the wax temperature never exceeds 120°C (250°F).

How to Make Faceted Candles

Step 4

Keep stirring and once the paraffin flakes have completely dissolved, remove the pot from the heat. Continue mixing the wax for a few seconds until it reaches 80°C (170-180°F).

44-whisk-geocanldes

Place the mold in a pan with some baking paper in order to prevent any accidents. Carefully pour the wax into the mold. Make sure to keep the wick centered during this step.

For the taller candle (pattern number three), it's best to pour the wax partially. This means you pour a small quantity and allow the wax to dry. Then you heat the wax in the jam jar again before pouring a second layer. Continue this process until the mold is full. You need to pour the wax partially as the paper is not strong enough to sustain the volume of liquid all at once.

Tip: Using this partial method of pouring wax, you can create two-colored or even striped candles.

If you've prepared more wax than needed for this mold, don't throw it away as you can easily heat it up once more and use it for another mold. For instance, if you have some leftover yellow wax, add more paraffin flakes and some blue crayon trims and transform it to a green wax for your next candle. Or you can add some red crayons and make an orange candle. But if you add both blue and red color to the yellow wax, you will end up with a brown candle.

45-pour-geocanldes

Step 5

Leave the wax to cool for three to four hours, until it becomes solid. Remove the bamboo stick and trim the wick, leaving 2cm to 3cm (1in).

46-cut wick-geocanldes

Step 6

Tear and remove the paper mold to reveal the candle.

How to Make Faceted Candles

Light Your Faceted Candles

In this tutorial, you learned how to make faceted solids from paper and also how to make colorful scented candles. The paper molds included a truncated tetrahedron, a cuboctahedron and a pentagonal antiprism tube.

This candle-making process is easy to do at home without a lot of special equipment.

ready-geocandles ready7-geocandles 

Source: http://goo.gl/iEjBsi


gototopgototop

Comments:

 

Dont miss... Subscribe NOW!