Adding some rubber stamped decorations to candles can transform a plain candle into something really special. Using this simple technique candles can be customized to match a room or table decor, personalized for a wedding or birthday, given a festive make-over, or simply transformed into your own unique work of art.
This technique takes images that have been stamped onto tissue paper and gently melts them onto the surface of the candle.
There are many ways this technique can be varied and adapted to create decorative candles for every occasion.
- Plain candle
- Thin tissue paper
- Rubber stamps
- Quick-drying ink (dye ink)
- Heat gun/craft heat tool
- Stamp images onto thin tissue paper. Color the images in if required using marker pens for a bold dash of color.
- Carefully cut around the image, cutting close to the outline. Do not worry about cutting into any intricately patterned areas as this will get lost when the image is melted onto the candle.
- Place the image into position on the candle. A small dab of glue will help to keep the image in the right place during heating.
- With a heat tool gently warm the surface of the candle. When the surface glistens the wax is melted and the image will soak into the melted wax. Remove the heat immediately. Check that the whole image has soaked into the surface. If not, reheat the surface gently. If the image requires pushing down use a long-handled metal implement such as a spoon to carefully press the image into place.
- Repeat as desired around the surface of the candle.
- Images can be stamped and embossed before being applied to the candle. Glitter embossing powders look particularly effective.
- If images are overlapped, cut away spare paper from one of the images. Any paper that overlaps will not stick to the wax effectively.
- Colored tissue paper will give different effects.
- The rubber stamped images can be colored by marker pen, chalks, inks, and paints.
- Use the back of a spoon to gently smooth any candle wax that drips while the surface is being heated.
- Keep a long-handled spoon or metal knitting needle to poke down any part of the image that might curl while being heated.
- It is easier to work with one image at a time, this makes the positioning of the images more straightforward to control.
- Remember: Only the surface of the candle needs to be heated, remove the heat as soon as the surface glistens.