Guest Author - Sarah Roop
Stamped candles are far easier do make than you would think. You can make any design or picture you would like on the surface of the candle. Sound complicated? It's not... it's as easy as stamping on any flat surface, because that's exactly what you do.
Things you will need:
Your choice of stamps
Either pigment or dye ink pads
Markers, paints, pencils, or chalks
Plain candle, white is best
Glitter, gems, ribbon, or anything else you wish to decorate the candle with
First, take off any outer wrapping that may be on the candle and discard. Then take a piece of tissue paper and, using your pencil, mark the height of the candle on a sheet of tissue paper. Cut tissue paper to the correct height. Then take the edge of the tissue paper and roll the candle and paper until the paper meets on both sides of the candle. Mark this edge and cut the paper. Now you have a piece of tissue paper the exact size as the surface of your candle. Think about how you want the design to appear on the candle. When you have that in mind, ink up your stamps and start stamping on the tissue paper.
After you have the design stamped and the inks are dry (this takes longer for pigment inks). You can use the heat gun to dry the inks much faster, although dye ink dries almost immediately. Then color the stamped images however you like.
After you have your images stamped and colored on the tissue paper it's time to put the tissue paper onto the candle. Gently roll the candle in the tissue paper. Take your heat gun, and starting at the center, start heating up the candle under the tissue paper. As the candle heats up you will see the wax soak through the tissue paper. Keep working your way around the candle making sure to keep the tissue paper from wrinkling. When you are don, the tissue paper should be virtually invisible, having been slightly embedded into the candle wax. Then you can take your embellishments and decorate the candle however your heart desires. If you wish to add glitter to the outside of the candle, make sure you have the top of the candle covered with paper or something to protect it and then spray it with spray adhesive. Over a large piece of scrap paper liberally sprinkle the candle with glitter, then roll it in the glitter which as fallen on the paper. You can spray with more adhesive and reapply glitter if you wish to make it as thick as you like it.
You now have a beautiful hand stamped and decorated candle. This is for decorative purposes only, and if you wish to light it, make sure it is never left unattended. Some of the items you have used on the candle may be flammable and you never want to take a chance of starting a fire.