Friday, July 2, 2010

A new respect for candle makers!!

Geezzz Louise, I did not think grubbying some candles would be so hard or so much work. I was reading a tutorial by KM Primitives how to grubby candles and thought I would try my hand at it. Didn't sound like it was all that hard.

First I got out some old pans to make a double boiler to melt the candle wax. Not bad, the wax melted very well. Then I got my foil pan I purchased at the dollar store to pour some of the wax in so I could roll the pillars and tapers in.

This is where it all went wrong.  I poured not a lot but just enough of the melted wax to coat the bottom of the foil pan. I rolled one of my tapers in the wax, then sprinkled with cinnamon. Ok, a little messy but not to bad. Then I rolled the taper again in the melted wax, which by now was starting to get congealed and not easy to work with. So thinking in order to keep the wax in a liquid state I would just place the foil pan on top of the double boiler to keep it heated by the steam. Not a bright idea!! I turned my back for a second and the pan fell off the boiler and face first onto my kitchen floor!!!! Oh no!! How in the world did that happen and how in the heck am I going to clean this mess up. Thank God for paper towels. I scooped up what I could, then painstakingly had to scrap, and scrap to get the rest up. What a mess.....

After cleaning up the mess; I did finish the rest of the candles I planned to grungy, but I am through with trying to grungy any more candles. I'll pay the prices in the shops.

So, if you plan to try this at home, take my advice either don't sit your foil pan on top of the boiler water or just purchase candles already grungy!!!

Have a great weekend.
Prim Blessings,


  1. these look great...lucky you didn't get burned...if you try it again, use flexible molds...much easier :)

  2. they look really good!not much fun huh?when i did some i just put a vanilla jar candle i had on one of those electric warmers and waited till it melted then dipped the pillars in that way.have a great weekend god bless michelle

  3. Don't give up, I did mine using mod podge and spices. This is a link to my post, it was very easy and not messy at all, I've seen them done with wax, I've not tried it that way, if you want these to look dusty you just leave off the last coat of mod podge.
    Hope this helps, yours do really look good!

  4. Thanks Ladies, I did have fun making them, It just got to be quite a mess and spent 30 min. trying to scrap the wax off the I am pleased with the out come.
    Prim Blessings

  5. OMG.......I can't imagine such a mess on kitchen floor! Poor you! I realized the first time I did this that I would move the project to the basement! I found small crockpots at a discount store for under $10.00 I bought 3 of them and use them for melting the wax.....much safer than the double boiler method! Keep trying they are fun.....but alot of work....!