How to Make Wine Cork Candles
Wax Cork Candles to Light up That Romantic Dinner
Working with wax, and mixing in pigments to create encaustic art, and decorating hurricane candles, led me to think of other ways to use leftover bits of wax candle, so this is how to make cork effect candles to place in the top of an empty wine bottle.
My goal, was to keep in the realms of crafting, using things that are more normally found in the home or you would make an inexpensive purchase like PVA glue, student oils, and masking or wide adhesive tape.
What you will need
Cut the tube along its length
Glue, Candles and Melting Pots.
Mark out the tube 3" - 75mm and cut.
Open the tube ready to writeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Glue the outside edge and overlap using the previously marked line.
Use adhesive tape to hold the tube in position while the glue dries.
Tape up the tube
Tape up the bottom of the tube - this needs to seal the tube so the strongest tape is best or you could use additional cardboard cut to shape.
Heat old wax or crumble a cheap Candle - Add a small amount of oil paint to colour.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Pour in the wax using grips or pliers
Place the tube in a plastic container and support.
As the wax is cooling but still liquid pour in the wax to the top of the tube.
You can pour a small amount in and see if it leaks if it does let it cool - reheat the wax in the metal container then pour again as now it should be sealed.
Top up the tube
As the wax hardens it will shrink so reheat the wax left in the container and pour to the top.
Insert the wick into a cut out piece of cardboard so you can center the wick.
Alternative make a hole with a toothpick before you top them up and insert the wick.
Let cool and then you can place in the fridge to harden - optional.
I also use film cartridges (if you can find them) I still use cardboard so I can use the transfer method of the markings and writing.
The writing can be added afterwards and when you remove the coverings any imperfections can be tidied up using a knife.
The bottom of the candle will also need cutting back to fit inside the wine bottle.