academie: To Make Candle Holders

marion wright marionred at
Mon Mar 19 08:48:53 PST 2001

my kids at school will probly go through 100 plus soda bottles  by cornation 
I will see what I can do trash picking, but I will not promise, I will see 
how many I am up to by the end of the week.  if everyone else can work on 
what they may I think we could have a 100 plus holders of this type done by 

>This is a very cool idea. We only have 2 weeks, though... I'm not sure I 
>drink that much soda :) Yes, I'd love to see pictures.
>Does anyone want to volunteer to help on this?
>Ursula von Bremen wrote:
><<To make some nice quick/cheap candle holders, all you need is:
>*  one 16-oz plastic soda bottle for each holder - keep the caps on!
>*  black spray paint
>*  some modeling clay
>*  strong sharp scissors
>*  newspapers, paper bags, plastic sheeting or similar
>I made a bunch of these and used them at our household dance practices and 
>the dance at the tourney of Ymir in Windmasters' Hill without mishap.  If
>you're worried about dripping wax melting the plastic, you can put a small
>amount of water into each holder using a small pitcher.  They look great,
>they're very light and cheap.  If you break one, you can make a new one in
>minutes.  You can find lots of bottles in recycling bins.
>1)  Leave the caps on the bottles!
>2)  Use the best way you can devise to remove the bottoms of the bottles
>without stabbing yourself.
>3)  Trim the bottle so that you end up with something that looks like a
>funnel that with a one-inch rim:
>|               |
> \             /
>   \         /
>     |___|
>4)  Optional:  I cut a pattern into mine so that it looks like it's tiped
>with 3 fleur de lys - I took the idea from a picture of a Spanish wrought
>iron candleabra.  I drew the pattern onto the bottles with a permanent
>marker.  This can be a chore, but if you have several people working on 
>it's not so bad.
>5)  Place the holders cap-side-up on your paper or plastic sheeting in a 
>VENTILATED area, and spray paint the outside surface of the bottles 
>the caps.  Do not paint the inside of the bottles.  Resist the temptation 
>glop a bunch of paint on in one go.  Do one good coat and let it dry for
>about an hour, then add one more coat and let dry.
>6)  Put a small bit of modeling clay into the socket of each holder - this
>will keep the candle from wobbling around.
>I can email a photo of a finished candle holder on request.
>Ursula von Bremen
> >>

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