We used battery operated candles for this tutorial
because they last forever, have a nice realistic flicker,
and can be decorated all the way to the top. The red
liner tape we used is heat resistant and non-flammable,
but as a candle burns down it doesn't burn away and
it is doesn't cut away easily so we recommend limiting
decorating real candles to the lower area of the candle.
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For these candles we used images from the Illustrated
Christmas set. Micro Marbles provide more reflective
qualities the larger they are, but the larger marbles
also distort the underlying image somewhat. It seems
the best way to have sparkle without too much distortion
is to sprinkle a few 1 mm and .5 mm marble over the
tape and cover the rest with .3 mm. It also takes less
of the smaller marbles to cover a surface area and covers
the tape more fully, so this combination is also economical
and provides a more stable finish. You can complete
4-10 candles with 1 ounces of 1 mm, 1ounces of the .5
mm and 4 ounces of the 3. mm.
Steps for beaded candles
- Cut tape to size
for the candles. For my particular candles I measured
around the candle (circumference) and height and determined
I needed a sheet 5 7/8" x 9 3/8" so if you're
using a tall pillar, make sure you buy the full sheets
of red liner tape.
- Remove white liner
from the tape to expose one side of the double-sided
tape. You may use dye inks but StazOn ink does actually
create a cleaner image that will not bleed under the
tape. Dye inks don't always bleed, but sometimes if
a pad is heavily inked it can. Stamp directly onto
the tape. Try to avoid touching the tape and leaving
body oils on it when removing the stamp. Use an awl
or metal tool to hold down tape as you peel the stamp
- If you would like
to add color to small area with chalks the area will
not adhere to the candle so make sure you don't do
large areas or areas too close to the edges.
- Reapply the white
liner to the tape, making sure you put the shinier
side against the tape so it will release again. Leave
1 inch on the side exposed. It is easier to get the
tape started and lined up properly if most of the
tape is protected. Once it is started correctly, peel
the liner away as you apply the tape. Try to minimize
air bubbles but don't worry too much about them.
- Apply marbles. You'll
want to use a show box lid, craft tray or some other
way to catch the marbles. If you would like to cut
away parts of the liner as shown on the snowman image
below, use a craft knife to trace the area you want
to expose. By doing this you can apply colored marbles
to a small specific area, like the scarf of the snowman
or the hat on Santa. Expose the tape on the small
area and pour marbles onto the exposed tape. When
you're ready to cover the rest with clear marbles,
pull away 1/3 to 1/2 of the red liner. Sprinkle a
few 1 mm clear marbles over the area and a few .5mm.
Then roll the rest of the exposed tape into the smaller
clear marbles. Remove the rest of the red liner and
follow the same steps to cover the rest of the candle.
- Pop larger air bubbles.
You can see that the marbles disguise smaller air
bubbles. If you have any larger bubles showing simply
slice the center of the bubblewith a craft knife and
press out the air out toward the slice.
- Keep your scraps
of red liner tape. I made a striped candle with my
scraps from 3 other candles.