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Fri May 11, 2012, 02:08 AM

Decorating or coloring a candle?

Yeah, this is more 'crafts' than 'household', but you all seem to be a creative bunch.

I purchased a wall sconce for a dark area with no wiring. Came with a glass hurricane globe, which was black within hours from the smoke from the cheapo candle I put in there - not to mention a PITA to extinguish as it was hot. So tonight, I bought a LED candle with a remote. Expensive as all get out, but the video looked good - problem is that it is white.

Any suggestions on what to do with it? The outer layer is apparently wax - can that be dyed to a different color?

I tried a google, but the only things I am finding are 6+ minute (!) youtubes on how to attach a ribbon with a T-pin to match wedding colors and one dude who used spray glue and rolled one in glitter. Heh.

Thoughts?

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Reply Decorating or coloring a candle? (Original post)
Ruby the Liberal May 2012 OP
silverweb May 2012 #1
Ruby the Liberal May 2012 #2
silverweb May 2012 #4
Curmudgeoness May 2012 #3
MagickMuffin Jul 2012 #5

Response to Ruby the Liberal (Original post)

Fri May 11, 2012, 04:48 PM

1. I guess it would depend.

Which would fit in best with your overall decor? Is it a taper or pillar-type "candle"? What's around it? Do you have an overall coordinated color scheme or a happy hodgepodge of colors?

You could just tie an appropriately colored piece of ribbon around the middle of it with a sprig of something seasonal. Dying seems such a permanent solution and you might not like it anymore in 6 months or so.

I'm moving soon into an apartment building that is fairly old and the manager says they discourage candles because of fire hazard, so I'm thinking of getting a couple of those LED kind, too.

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Response to silverweb (Reply #1)

Fri May 11, 2012, 06:08 PM

2. That is a very good point.

Coloring it may be a really bad idea. Who knows - I may even like the white. It just seems like it will be kinda bland.

Maybe I'll go wander around in a craft store over the weekend and see if I can get any ideas. The last thing I want to do is mess it up because it was pricy.

This is what I bought. There is a video on the site in the description that shows the 'flame' in action. I hope it looks that good in real life. It would be great not to have to deal with removing the glass to light/extinguish the candle all the time.

http://www.frontgate.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDetailView?langId=-1&storeId=10053&productId=27613&catalogId=10053&krypto=8KqxzsF1prVVuGk2jzS5M1ZXLh7aTVGsN2aM5noYd2zBZuz5%2B5YgLtbvQCjbnlhROmLU7YXHH%2F%2F5%0AArAj2uR7%2B3PUVyuOFNZ6NMAouRsjVPLvj9hC5P4aZfiOcWp6Gp01hkPG8mT5r%2B2UtoCsoy0H6RMy%0A0HVMIk1pq5ak4nk8UttRBUH0VKSaB%2Bbm1rjson8dg8gSb4Wu4eFaaTTYSg2Oqg%3D%3D#

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #2)

Sat May 12, 2012, 03:42 PM

4. Those are gorgeous candles!

Perhaps the wall sconce is decoration enough, except maybe for some seasonal greenery for holidays.

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Original post)

Fri May 11, 2012, 09:27 PM

3. Those look really nice.

You will have to let us know how it works when you get it.

If it were me, I would ask the company where you bought them if there is anything you can do to change the color. They would be able to let you know if that is a bad idea. I don't know where the batteries go in, but assume that would be in the bottom---so much for just dipping it in colored wax to coat the outside with another color. But since this candle has no heat source, you could make a "cozy" to slip on it out of some material that you would like---and you could change the color whenever you want with a different cover. Or a wide ribbon would decorate it and hide most of the white. But before I got into too much, I would see if the white really doesn't work at all.

Sounds like a great idea.

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jul 24, 2012, 10:07 PM

5. Did you ever figure out what you wanted to do?

After looking at the "candles" I thought perhaps colored tissue paper or maybe even colored dollies taped to it might do the trick. That way you could always make changes that wouldn't destroy your lovely candles.

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