Since I learned how to work with wire and paper together, I have been dreaming up more ways to create projects with them! For this project, I combined a few different generes of craft to create a set of tropical candle wraps. Here are the supplies you'll need to create these tropical candle wraps:
- Pillar Candles – these are from Target
- Vintage Book or Dictionary Pages or decorative tissue paper
- Beadalon 7-Strand Beading Stringing Wire, 0.15- Inch, 6-Pack Assorted Colors, 30-Feet
- 6mm Round Purple Beads by Prima Bead
- ICE Resin
- Baby Wubbers Quality Fine Round Nose Jeweller's Pliers
- Westcott Scissors
- Xyron Create-A-Sticker
To create these wraps, first apply ICE Resin to vintage book pages and allow to cure for at least 24 hours, or until the pages are no longer tacky. Here's a vid showing how to make ICE Resin Paper. The cool thing about ICE Resin paper is that it becomes translucent so that you can see the words on both sides of the paper at the same time, but it is also pliable and flexible in ways that traditional paper just isn't. While the ICE Resin paper is curing, create the beaded candle wrap.
String beads onto a piece of wire that is at least 4″ longer than the circumference (distance around) of the candle. Wrap this length of beads around the candle and twist the ends of the wire together tightly. Cut sharp ends of the wire off.
Cut 3 more lengths of wire, about 5″, 6″ and 8″ long. Thread one end of the wire through the beaded string around the candle and twist onto itself to secure into place. Repeat for each piece of wire. Using pliers, curl the other end of the wire into a spiral shape. This will be the “veain” of the leaves we'll make in the next step.
After the ICE Resin paper has cured, lay two pieces of ICE Resin paper together and cut out 3 sets of leaves per candle wrap. By cutting two pieces of paper at once, you'll get two copies of each leaf with one cut. It is important that the leaves match up for the next step.
Feed one of each leaf through the Xyron Create-A-Sticker machine to apply adhesive from edge to edge of each leaf. Why Xyron? It won't yellow like glues might and it gives edge to edge coverage of the entire piece, turning it into a sticker – we wouldn't use glue dots or a sticky liquid glue because the adhesive would show through the translucent ICE Resin paper.
Peel the smallest leaf from the sticker sheet and press the shortest (5″) stem to the leaf. Press the non-adhesive leaf matching this leaf on top, sandwiching the wire stem between the two leaves. Repeat for each stem and leaf set utnil all of the stems have leaves. Gently bend the leaves to give a more natural, dimensional look to them before displaying. The wire will hold the shape of the leaves.
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