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Baitball Blogger

(47,153 posts)
Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:40 PM Feb 2013

Time to start on those Christmas yard art: Subject Candy.

Mucho disappointed in the Candy Face-off challenge last night.Everyone was so big on ugly that nobody looked like they were having any fun and it showed in the end. But I did see something I wanted to replicate for my Nutcracker yard motif for Christmas (It's either Nutcracker or Gingerbread. It changes as I add to the collection.)

Anyway, I want to make my own candy displays. I want to make lollipops and gum drops. Here's my ideas:

Lollipops:
PVC for the sticks. For the Lollipop I'm hoping to find something round and opaque and plastic so I can stick LED fairy lights inside. Of course, I'll paint the lollipop in typical pinwheel color and top it off with see through cellophane.

Big question: Anyone have any ideas where I can find the round, opaque, plastic piece?

Gum Drops: This was an issue until I saw it on Face-off. They had three large gumdrops impaled on one PVC stick. I just have to find the pieces I can form as gumdrops, which I can also add lights to.

Anyone have ideas on what I can use for the body of the candy? Remember, I want to light them up so Styrofoam won't work.

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Time to start on those Christmas yard art: Subject Candy. (Original Post) Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 OP
What size lollipops? Duer 157099 Feb 2013 #1
Nice ideas! Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 #2
Find a store that packages everything in those godawful clamshells Duer 157099 Feb 2013 #3
I'm doing googles right after this. Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 #5
Take an empty water bottle Duer 157099 Feb 2013 #4
Hey, coke bottles might work as the shell of the gum drops! Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 #6
Here's a way to make spherical "yard" lollipops Arugula Latte Feb 2013 #7
Those would be easier to find workable materials. Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 #12
More Duer 157099 Feb 2013 #8
It's coming together. I'm getting lots of good ideas. Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 #13
Lampshade = gumdrop skeleton? Duer 157099 Feb 2013 #9
Now that you mention it, I think I've seen some inner sections from lampshades that Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 #15
I love Resin... Xyzse Feb 2013 #10
Ooooo. Can you elaborate? Duer 157099 Feb 2013 #11
Usually... Xyzse Feb 2013 #16
Can silicone ice trays, for example, be used? Duer 157099 Feb 2013 #18
Releasing Agent First Xyzse Feb 2013 #19
Is that the stuff they use in the Face-Off competitions? Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 #14
I don't know... Xyzse Feb 2013 #17
I saw some Easter buckets at the Dollar Store and thought of you siligut Feb 2013 #20
Thanks. I'll give my dollar store a looksee. Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 #21

Duer 157099

(17,742 posts)
1. What size lollipops?
Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:49 PM
Feb 2013

I would go to a party store and look around. Maybe those large round plastic serving trays? Or, the plastic thing that holds a wreath?

I'll keep thinking.

Edit: Or, go to a thrift store and just look around for things to repurpose. Old CDs somehow? They are reflective and could be put to good use.

Baitball Blogger

(47,153 posts)
2. Nice ideas!
Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:00 PM
Feb 2013

I'm hoping for twenty four inch heads for the lollipops--though I'm not stuck on that number.

And at least twelve inch base for the gum drop.

Duer 157099

(17,742 posts)
3. Find a store that packages everything in those godawful clamshells
Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:05 PM
Feb 2013

then find one of the right size and shape. Spray paint the interior to make it opaque.

Return the product without the clamshell

Duer 157099

(17,742 posts)
4. Take an empty water bottle
Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:08 PM
Feb 2013

put it in the microwave and see what happens. Does it collapse onto itself to form a disc?

Xyzse

(8,217 posts)
10. I love Resin...
Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:16 PM
Feb 2013

One of the nice things about Resin, is that you can form it in to anything.

http://www.amazon.com/AeroMarine-300-Epoxy-Resin-Gallon/sim/B0047R2C9Y/2

If you want to go that route.
You can even make it clear or translucent. There are ways to color it too!

Duer 157099

(17,742 posts)
11. Ooooo. Can you elaborate?
Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:21 PM
Feb 2013

What can/do you use as a form? I mean, to shape it. I mean, what doesn't it stick to?

Xyzse

(8,217 posts)
16. Usually...
Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:26 PM
Feb 2013

I have to build a mold first. So, either I carve something first to make a mold, or find something to create a mold, then put resin on it...

Like here:
http://www.ehow.com/how_2143868_work-resin-crafting.html

Duer 157099

(17,742 posts)
18. Can silicone ice trays, for example, be used?
Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:31 PM
Feb 2013

Or does any mold have to be sprayed with a releasing agent first?

Xyzse

(8,217 posts)
17. I don't know...
Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:27 PM
Feb 2013

I use resin for decoupage and sometimes just creating blocks that have a simple shape that I can carve slowly on.

So in regards to Face Off, they are professionals... Everything I've learned in regards to Resin is me just playing around, I don't know what they use.

siligut

(12,272 posts)
20. I saw some Easter buckets at the Dollar Store and thought of you
Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:41 PM
Feb 2013

The buckets are about 10" at the mouth, candy colored and translucent. You could cover them with small bubble bubble wrap for the sugar coating, which would also help to round the corners out and of course lights inside would work.

I like creative projects but have so much practical stuff to do, I don't get to them myself.

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