academie: To Make Candle Holders

marion wright marionred at
Mon Mar 19 09:30:03 PST 2001

The ppaer collar tend not to work when you are moving. In the last hour I 
have picked up over 15 soda bottles from around the school.  I am willing to 
say that I will have at least 50 done by cornoation if everyone else would 
also like to do a few..


>   Has anyone tried a church supply store? They have small white candles 
>and paper collars for them and I'm sure they are not very expensive.
>   Victoria
>   >This is a very cool idea. We only have 2 weeks, though... I'm not sure 
>I can
>   >drink that much soda :) Yes, I'd love to see pictures.
>   Does anyone want to volunteer to help on this?
>   Etain
>   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 at
>   the dance at the tourney of Ymir in Windmasters' Hill without mishap.  
>   you're worried about dripping wax melting the plastic, you can put a 
>   amount of water into each holder using a small pitcher.  They look 
>   they're very light and cheap.  If you break one, you can make a new one 
>   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 
>   with 3 fleur de lys - I took the idea from a picture of a Spanish 
>   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 to
>   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 - 
>   will keep the candle from wobbling around.
>   I can email a photo of a finished candle holder on request.
>   Cheers,
>   Ursula von Bremen
>   >>

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