At Christmastime, I was so excited about my gift to myself: 6 bright colors of Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks. I made some really cool stuff that I shared (Alcohol Ink Ornament, Ink Splatter Coasters, and Alcohol Ink Votive Holders), but I then tucked my inks away into a box in my craft room. There they have sat just waiting for me to find the right project to pull them out and have some fun. Browsing my Ink Craftiness Board on Pinterest, I found the perfect project – alcohol ink candles.
I watched a how-to video from Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames before I went shopping for my candles. They used pillar candles, and I intended to buy some, really I did. When I got to the craft store, I found round, orb-shaped candles and had to have them. I find them to be much more interesting than pillars. What I didn’t consider at the time was the difficulty of covering of all those lovely curves with ink…
Before you get started dying your candles, make sure to cover your work surface with something non-porous and disposable or cleanable. I luckily own an Inkssentials Non-Stick Craft Mat. If you do not, I recommend wax paper. You’ll also want to wear gloves unless you have the type of job where you can show up with multicolored fingers and not getting funny looks.
Back to all those curves on the orb candles. The Ben Franklin video instructs you to apply a line of ink to your craft mat and then roll the candle around over it for maximum coverage. That is a little hard to do with a sphere and definitely messier. Be patient, and wear gloves! With my base coat applied, I added drops of other colored inks directly onto the candle and allowed them to drip down the sides. I then spritzed it with my cheap skate version of Alcohol Blending Solution, aka rubbing alcohol, and allowed the candle to dry.
After I made a couple of candles this way, I decided to experiment with my last one. I covered the candle with rubbing alcohol first. I then applied drops of ink to the candle. The resulting effect looks almost like tie-dye to me because lots of the white remains. I’m calling this experiment a success.
These candles make great gifts because they are fairly easy to make, relatively inexpensive, and unique. If you are looking for something that will wow the receiver, I definitely recommend them. Happy alcohol ink crafting!
My experimental projects with alcohol inks continue. I’m so in love with the effect they have on glass that I decided to try my hand at making some votive candle holders out of small bowls. Since I’m sharing, let’s consider these a success. They are perfect for the person that appreciates an easy and unique bit of diy home decor. Really, who doesn’t?
- Small Glass Bowls or Votive Holders (you should be able to find these for cheap at either the dollar or craft store)
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Alcohol Ink in Various Colors
- Compressed Air
- LED Votive Candles
Clean the inside of your glass with rubbing alcohol. Yes, the kind in your medicine cabinet. I got this tip from the Ornament Girl. Doing this will not only clean the glass, but it will also help your alcohol ink move more freely when you start applying it.
Start applying the alcohol ink in small amounts to the inside of the glass. I used Cranberry, Pool, and Sunshine Yellow. Spray the alcohol ink with short shots of compressed air to give it a splatter effect. I borrowed this technique from Tim Holtz when I made my Alcohol Ink Ornaments last year. You absolutely can’t mess this part up because there is no right or wrong end result. Each votive holder that you make will be a unique creation.
Allow the alcohol ink to dry completely. Assuming that you did not apply very thick amounts of it, the alcohol ink should dry quickly. This is one of the best features of alcohol ink.
Turn on your LED votive candles and place them inside the votive holders. I personally chose to use LED candles because I live with two very curious cats that find open flames irresistible.