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Spooky Halloween Candle

Recently on Pinterest, I found a picture of some adorable Halloween candle sculptures! The sculptures were fabulous, but I was disappointed by the fact that they could not be used as candles!  For Halloween there is nothing better than the ominous glow of candle light! Lots of candle light!!

The wonderful thing about Pinterest is the inspiration it provides and that’s exactly what happened!  Seeing the adorable Halloween candle sculptures on Pinterest inspired me to create my own Halloween candles!

This post is about molding candles into eerie faces, with eyes that ooze out of their sockets as the candles melt!
Now that’s a Halloween candle!

Spooky Halloween Candle
Spooky Halloween Candle

First things first – What kind of candles?

After much trial and error, I discovered that the candles with a rough texture on the surface work the best.  Why?  The wax is consistent throughout the entire candle.

In the picture below, you can see the two rough candles to the right and the smooth candle on the left. Do not use the candles with the smooth outer layer.  The wax beneath this smooth layer is different and crumbles as you sculpt.

Also,  as much as I hate to say it,  beeswax candles are very difficult to use for this project. The wax is just too hard.  Save those candles for all the other holidays!

Spooky Halloween Candle
Spooky Halloween Candle

On to the eyeballs!  I used FIMO clay.  I formed different sized and shaped eyeballs, baked them for the appropriate length of time and viola – eyeballs!

Clay for Halloween Candle Eyes
Clay for Halloween Candle Eyes

Some of the eyes I painted ahead of time and others I painted later, after inserting them into the candle!  It’s totally up to you!

Halloween Candle Eyes
Halloween Candle Eyes

Softening the candle!

I found the best way to do this was to put the candle in the sun and create a greenhouse effect by covering the candle with glass.  The candle will become warm and soft enough to be molded into a face.

When working with wax you must always be careful because it is flammable and can be dangerous!  I found  the candles, when heated this way, became quite warm and did begin to melt so you must watch them because you do not want a puddle!

Bottom line – always be careful with wax!

Spooky Halloween Candle
Spooky Halloween Candle

Now on to the molding of the face!

Once the candle is soft, push in a couple of eyeballs and start molding.  I have wooden carving tools shown below that I use, but it’s not necessary.  Kitchen utensils will work too!

Spooky Halloween Candle
Spooky Halloween Candle

Using your hands and tools, mold a face onto the candle.  Along with eyebrows, nose and mouth, I like to add lots of wrinkles!

Here is a short video showing the molding and painting process!

 

One more thing, while the candle is still soft, press the bottom flat against your working surface to be sure the candle stands straight.  We don’t want any tippy candles!

Spooky Halloween Candle
Spooky Halloween Candle

On to the painting!

As you can see in the above picture, it is difficult to see all the features of the candles face. By adding color in the right places on the wrinkles, nose, eyes… all those features will pop!

Below you can see that I covered the candle with paint to fill in all the wrinkles and features I added in the molding process.  Once I have all the crevices filled, I removed most of the paint with paper towels.  That way all that is left are the accents in all the right places!

Spooky Halloween Candle
Spooky Halloween Candle

To lengthen the drying time of your paint, which will make it easier to remove the excess paint from your candle, I mixed in an acrylic medium.  You will find it right along side the acrylic paint and it is translucent white.  This is useful stuff to always have on hand!

A few finishing touches around the eyes and the candle is ready for Halloween!

Spooky Halloween Candle
Spooky Halloween Candle

What a fun way to create the ominous glow of candle light for Halloween this year!

Spooky Halloween Candle
Spooky Halloween Candle
Halloween Spider

Halloween Decorations for 2014

Enter if you dare!
Enter if you dare!

There is nothing scary about the Etched Pumpkins, but they are beautiful!

Costume Basket
Costume Basket

For those guests who forgot their costumes, a basket full of treasures for them to discover who they will become for the night!

Entry Way Spider
Entry Way Spider

Don’t look up!

The mantel is all decked out for Halloween!
The mantel is all decked out for Halloween!

The Mantel was my favorite!  Find out how to make the Cheese Cloth Spider Webs and Creepy Captured Critters on the links provided!  The bats on the wall are cut from card stock and create a nice effect!

 

Bloody Candles for Halloween
Bloody Candles for Halloween

The Bloody Halloween Candles were very fun, but we almost had a mishap!  A guest ran into the candles with her fabulously large floppy hat.  Luckily, the hat snuffed out the candle and a crisis was averted!  I immediately relocated the candles to an area absent of floppy hats!

Halloween Party Chandelier
Halloween Party Chandelier

I loved the chandelier!  It was so easy and is simply draped with Spider Web Cheese Cloth!  The Tulle Wrapped Pumpkins worked wonderfully under all those webs!  Definitely not a place for burning candles!

Floating Witch Hats
Floating Witch Hats
Floating Witch Hats
Floating Witch Hats

Everyone loved the floating witch hats!  Using fishing line, I simply suspended the hats between my two pendant lights.  Fishing line is easily threaded into a needle so sewing the fishing line into the tip of the hat was easy!  I threw on a few embellishments  and voila – fun floating witch hats!

Halloween Cupcakes
Halloween Cupcakes

I wanted a delicious, but creepy dessert.  I topped red velvet cupcakes with black dyed cream cheese frosting and dripped them with blood (red frosting gel) before serving!

Guests of Honor
Guests of Honor

Even my parents attended my party this year and they had a wonderful time – those devils!

I hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Creepy Critters Halloween Decoration

Creepy Critters Halloween Decoration

 

This is so easy and so fun!  I saw something similar on Pottery Barn where they sell the most wonderful creepy bug vase filler!  They placed the bugs in jars, lit them from behind and what you see  will make your skin crawl – I love it!!

What do you need?
Large Plastic Bugs
Clear Glass Jars
Tulle
Rubberbands
Ribbon

A string of lights

Creepy Critter Halloween Decoration
Creepy Critter Halloween Decoration

How did I do it:   I stuffed a large plastic bug into a jar so the beast is standing up, for the most part!  I then “sealed” my jar with netting or tulle, secured it with a rubber band and tied on a ribbon. I could have simply placed the lid on the jar, but we all know bugs need air, thus the netting!  Plus, it creates a creepy feeling that they might just escape!

Creepy Critter Halloween Decoration
Creepy Critter Halloween Decoration

Now for the light part!  I have fairy lights so I used them.  Fairy lights are LEDs and look like tiny little droplets of light on a thin wire.  These worked perfectly tucked behind the bug filled jars!  Fairy lights are very cool!

If you don’t have fairy lights, regular white christmas lights will work too.  I like to use led lights because they don’t get hot and they use a lot less electricity!  To camouflage the lights, I used a bit of cheese cloth spiderweb! Yes – I have a post on Cheese Cloth Spiderwebs too!  Check it out!

Enjoy your captured critters!

Creepy Critter Halloween Decorations
Creepy Critter Halloween Decorations

Happy Halloween!

 

 

Pumpkins Decorated with Etchings

I love Halloween and I love to carve pumpkins!  Mid-September I start picking up pumpkins for fall  decorations around my home.  Because carved pumpkins will only last a short time, I  wait to carve them until a few days before  Halloween.

This year I am trying something new!  I am etching my pumpkins with a design and leaving them whole – at least for the time being!  I have etched pumpkins before, but then my process was to “gut” the pumpkin, thin the wall, and light a candle inside to see the etching glow!  It is very cool.

This year I am doing my etchings early, leaving the pumpkins whole and later I can “gut” them if I wish.

 

Pumpkin Carving Tools
Pumpkin Carving Tools

The tools I used for this project were purchased from Williams Sonoma.  They are excellent quality and should last for years!  Currently, they have a similar product – the  Pumpkin Carving Tools 3-piece Set.  Included in this set is an etching tool, which is what I used here.  The etching tool is also called a linoleum cutter and if you happen to have wood carving tools, they may work as well.  For whatever tool you use, the goal is to remove the top layer of skin from the pumpkin!

Pumpkin with Vine Drawing
Pumpkin with Vine Drawing

Before I began the etching process, I  drew an image on my pumpkin.  Here I show a roughly drawn simple vine.  It was not necessary for it to be perfect since it is just a guideline.

Etching a Vine on a Pumpkin
Etching a Vine on a Pumpkin

Then, using my etching tool, I carved  out the vine.

Etching a Vine on a Pumpkin
Etching a Vine on a Pumpkin

When I finished etching, I used a Magic Eraser to remove any visible ink.  The Magic Erasers are a fabulous product so if you have never tried them – you must test  them out for yourself!

My next pumpkin I etched with maple leaves.  I went to my backyard, picked a couple of different sized leaves and roughly traced them onto my pumpkin.

Preparing Pumpkin for Leaf Etching
Preparing Pumpkin for Leaf Etching

I etched out the edge of the leaves then added the veining detail.  If you are not sure how to add the veining, just examine the leaf in front of you.  Of course, I had to simplify the detail – I am not as good as  mother nature!

Pumpkin with Leaf Etching
Pumpkin with Leaf Etching

If you are unsure how to lay out a vine or leaves to make them look natural, just google drawings of the images you want to replicate and you will get wonderful guidance from the many fabulous artist whose images are on the web!

Pumpkin with Vine Etching
Pumpkin with Vine Etching
Pumpkin with Leaf Etching
Pumpkin with Leaf Etching

Have a Happy Fall!

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