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Creating a Drip Candle Bottle

Updated on September 17, 2015

A Drip Candle Bottle in the Making

Today I am going to go through the steps of how to create a drip candle bottle. I try to include as many pictures as I can so you can easily see how the drip candle bottle is made, how it progresses, and also for some background info about a 40 year old drip candle bottle in Woodstock, NY and some photos of others already created.

The photo to the left is of a drip candle wine bottle I started almost 2 years ago. To see more, go to the bottom of this page.

Photo Source: Taken by myself -- Alicia Humphrey

How About You?!

Are you making your own drip candle bottle?

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The Original Drip Candle Mountain

Located at Candlestock in Woodstock, NY

This is the reason I love candles, and especially drip candles. I have fallen in love with the idea of the candle mountain, and have started a few myself over the past 10 years.

Here's a little info from Candlestock's site about their mountain:

"Our drip Candle Mountain has been burning every day for the past 40 years. It is now more than eight feet tall, probably weighs more than 500 pounds, and is made up of more than 20,000 candles. But it began with just one. Start your own today! All you need is a drip candle and something to hold it in. We suggest a tall glass bottle, like a wine or soda bottle. Place the drip candle just inside the lip, light it, and watch as the wax slides its way down, creating a beautiful pattern as it cools. Believe us, you'll want more than just one drip candle on hand after that!"

Basic Supplies

A bottle, candles, and some inspiration!

Normally one would use a wine bottle, but this time I chose a beer bottle to see if I could get a better drip/pooling effect with a different sized bottle.

I have ony found "drip candles" at Candlestock in Woodstock, NY, but you can really use any taper candle that drips a lot.

I was inspired to create my own drip candle bottle over 10 years ago on a visit to Candlestock, where they have a Drip Candle Mountain that began with just a wine bottle, and has burning for nearly 40 years.

It's huge and awe inspiring.

They have added little trinkets and toys in the wax, as well as molded some of the wax into little "slides." It really is a sight to see.

If you're interested, just go to this link to read about it.

Or go to this one for a better close-up photo,

These Are The Candles I Use - Sold by Candlestock

You just read about the awesome Drip Candle Mountain at Candlestock, the place I was inspired to create my own. Well here is a listing of some of Candlestock's candles that you can buy for yourself! They are really the best drip candles out there.

Step # 1 Add weight or a base to your bottle.

(Optional)

- I have never done this before, but decided to try it now. I think it would help keep the bottle from moving around too much and letting the hardened wax crack. I'm doing both of these, because I think adding the weight (a bunch of pebbles) will make the bottle look more interesting before it's completley covered in wax; but you only have to do one, or none!

Step # 2 Add protection.

(Semi-Optional)

- This is a MUST. Almost. Unless you are setting your drip candle bottle on a surface that it will stay on permanently, you need to put the bottle on somethinglike tin foil so the wax that splatters won't ruin anything around it.

(Kat Von D on L.A. Ink is the only example I can think of where someone left the candle(s) on a counter and just let the wax do it's thing. Here's a photo of her drip candles. While I think it's neat that a section of her shop is full of dripping wax, it's not for everyone.)

Step # 3 Fatten the candle bottom.

(If Needed)

- Your drip/taper candle might be a little bit too skinny for the mouth of the bottle you are using, and therefore it just wants to slide into the bottle. That's OK. I just used a bigger candle, lit it and let it burn a little while, and dipped the bottom of my drip candle into it's melted wax to make the drip candles base a little bit wider. Then while it was still soft I put it in the mouth of the bottle so it molded to it.

Step # 4 Place candle in the bottle.

After you have completed the optional steps that you have chosen, you are pretty much ready to light your first drip candle.

Make sure that your bottle is in a permanent or safely covered area!

All you need to do is place your candle into the mouth of the bottle you chose and make sure it's tight and standing up straight. Look at it from a few different angles to be positive. (If you have done the optional step # 3, then you will have already done this.)

Step # 5 Light It Up, Watch It Burn, Repeat!

It's finally time to light your candle and watch it melt down your bottle!

(Consider yourself warned, it's kind of hypnotizing.)

Once your first candle is burnt all the way to the bottom, just stick another one in the bottle. It sometimes helps to place the new candle on right after the previous one burns out so the melted wax hardens it in place.

Eventually, you won't be able to see the top of the beer/wine bottle anymore; at this point you just add the next candle wherever it will fit best.

HAVE FUN!

A Drip Candle Video

Want to see what this is really all about? Check out this video by the one and only Candlestock!

Wine Bottle Drip Candles from Candlestock.com

Read on to see the photos of my drip candle beer bottle's progress!

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Bird's Eye View

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Bird's Eye View

My First Drip Wine Bottle! - These are over a year-long period of time.

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COLORS! - What's Your Choice?

For your drip candle bottle, would you use all of the same color candles like Kat Von D did, or would you use a ton of different colors like I did and like the candle mountain?

One Single Color

One Single Color

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    • Cara 4 years ago

      One color for me.

    • Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      I think the colours need to be selected carefully...to help make it look more designer, lol

    • gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I"m with Virginia - these were cool back in the day.

    • Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      We used to do this with a chianti bottle when I was in college. I always thought it looked cool.

    A Bunch Of Colors

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Maybe 3 colors.

      • msalada lm 4 years ago

        I think different colors is the way to go.

      • MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

        Mucho, mucho colors. lol

      • AdamCarrasquillo 4 years ago

        Multi colors :)

      • Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

        I love this! I'd use all different colors.

      • Mandy Stradley 4 years ago

        The colors look awesome!

      • lclchors 5 years ago

        as a kid my dad drank a wine and the bottle was fat with a woven basket around it and they made great drip candles

      • Linda Hoxie 5 years ago from Idaho

        I guess it would depend on the look I was going for or colors trying to match in ones décor, but the rainbow of colors looks so pretty, I am leaning that way.

      • happynutritionist 5 years ago

        I think I like the bunch of different colors idea:-)

      • Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

        I'm going for the rainbow effect for sure.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        this looks really awesome. I hope to try it. I never knew you had to actually use "drip" candles. LOL! I guess that's why mine never worked. Thanks for the great lens.

      • TheCandle LM 5 years ago

        As many different colors as I can find.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        looks like a fire hazard... its better to use rustic candles create the old flavor and atmosphere... all ur doing is tryin to create a artificial look go for the real thing cause none of these would appeal to me just look like hippie junk

      • Ben Reed 5 years ago

        Lots of different colours for me..they look stunning.

      • ceramictiles 5 years ago

        Can look fantastic if you get contrasting colours

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        a lot of colors are cool.

      • KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

        I like to mix lots of bright colors.

      • Mee2 5 years ago

        I would totally us a bunch of different colors!

      • Michelle77 LM 6 years ago

        i remember doing this when i was younger ~ so much fun!

      • bossypants 6 years ago from America's Dairyland

        Lots of colors!

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          elizajane202 lm 6 years ago

          I can't wait to read more, I've always been interested in this but never knew how it was done.

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          elizajane202 lm 6 years ago

          I can't wait to read more, I've always been interested in this but never knew how it was done.

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @elizajane202 lm: I'm SO glad you really liked it! Its super easy and fun to do. If you have any questions feel free to send me a message!

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          Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

          What a fun idea and an excellent step by step guide too! You are so creative, I love seeing what you come up with to share on Squidoo. As for that Candle Mountain, well I've never seen anything quite like it!

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @indigoj: Thanks so much!! It really is quite a sight, if you're ever in the are make sure you check it out!

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          resabi 6 years ago

          I got a kick out of this lens. I made some drip bottles when I was younger but never took them as far as these. The mountain is just amazing! You explained the steps very clearly. I hope that maybe you'll add a picture module that shows off several of your bottles in more detail. That would be fun to see. Meanwhile, this lens is blessed.

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @resabi: Thanks so much for blessing my lens! I tried very hard to include a lot of detail in this lens. I'll try to gather up some pics of my other bottle to include. Thanks again!

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          Lady Gotrocks 6 years ago

          I'm a pyro at heart, love drip-drop candles! Blessed

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @Lady Gotrocks: Oh wow thanks so much!! I am too, shhhh. lol

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          lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

          I have never heard of such a thing. This is very cool. Too bad it is a fire hazard... otherwise my tween daughter would LOVE this. Again, very cool.

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @lemonsqueezy lm: haha Yea it is a fire hazard, although I sit there and stare the whole time so I'm prretty same. :) Thanks so much!

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          elizajane202 lm 6 years ago

          I really love the layered look. Now how long can you use this technique until you have to stop using the bottle? I'm asking because whenever I use regular small candles that (the square ones you buy in the store) have the small glass jars around them I can only use them for an hour or two before they literally explode on me. I've been so afraid to light up a candle because of it (even the Glade ones) and I miss them. I think since this goes OVER the glass it might be safe enough that I won't have to worry.

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          elizajane202 lm 6 years ago

          @Lady Gotrocks: Don't they have a drip-drop candle shop at one of the theme parks in California? I'm not sure I want to say Magic Mountain or Disneyland.

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          Carol Fisher 6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

          I've always found candlewax dripping down the candleholder fascinating. Interesting page.

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @elizajane202 lm: You can keep doing it forever. After a certain point, the glass bottle is completely covered with wax, and you're just adding one candle to another at that point. If you look at the Candle Mountain towards the top, that's been burning over 40 years.

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @Stazjia: Thanks so much! It really is something awesome to watch.

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          marsha32 6 years ago

          cool!

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @marsha32: Thanks for liking it Marsha!!

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          poutine 6 years ago

          It's a cool lens.

          I used to do that when I was younger.

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @poutine: Thanks poutine!

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          FreshSquids 6 years ago

          This lens has been entered in Fresh Squid Contest for October 2010: http://www.squidoo.com/freshsquidcontest If you like it and think it deserves to win, stop by and give it your vote! :)

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          LotusMalas 6 years ago

          I love the step by step instructions!

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @LotusMalas: Thanks! I tried to make sense. :)

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @FreshSquids: Thanks SO much! This is awesome!

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          Mrmakingusmile LM 6 years ago

          Just stopping by to say hello. Hope all is going well.

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @Mrmakingusmile LM: Thanks so much!

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Love this. When I was growing up, our mom started a Drip Candle Bottle and we dripped our birthday candles on it and then wedding candles. It was huge and amazing. This brings back fond memories of sitting around the kitchen table dripping candles. It was so relaxing to watch the wax flow and find it's resting place. Great instructions on how to create a Drip Candle Bottle.

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          kimmanleyort 6 years ago

          Believe it or not, I still have two drip candle bottles that I created more than 25 years ago. They bring back so many memories and I get them out for Italian dinners. Great job presenting how to make a drip candle bottle.

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          Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

          I remember making these in the 60's :) Liked how you showed the progress of your candles and showed how to make a drip candle step by step.

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          FreshSquids 6 years ago

          This lens won 3rd place in Fresh Squid Contest for October 2010! Congratulation!

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @FreshSquids: THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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          ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

          i am going to do this thanks for the information

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @ZablonMukuba: AWESOME! I hope you have a lot of fun!

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @KathyMcGraw2: Thanks so much for checking out my lens!

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @kimmanleyort: That's so cool!

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @OhMe: Oh wow I really love that idea!

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          Carol 6 years ago from Arkansas

          I remember seeing these candles when I was growing up and starting a few of my own. I had no idea people were still doing it!

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @balancebydesign4u: They are so much fun! I don't really know many people who have heard of them before either.

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          deyanis 6 years ago from Oz

          Cool idea. I'll make one to match up with my home's christmas color theme for this year (it'll be blue & white) and then make another one with rainbow colors. Honestly, I've never heard about it before, thankfully I found your lens. :-)

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @deyanis: Oh cool I'm so glad you're gonna make some!! Thanks for checking out my lens, have fun!!

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @deyanis: Oh cool I'm so glad you're gonna make some!! Thanks for checking out my lens, have fun!!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          really neat! is this the technique kat von d used for her candles? or is there another technique?

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @anonymous: hers look like she just sat them on the counters in her shop, either way it's the same idea.

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          GrowWear 6 years ago

          Very interesting!

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          Alicia 6 years ago from New York

          @GrowWear: Thanks!

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          Michelle77 LM 6 years ago

          fun lens!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Very 'Phantom of the Opera"...

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @Michelle77 LM: Thanks!

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          Mee2 5 years ago

          OMG, I LOVE this!! I have to try it. I will have to use taper candles. I have some dry wine in my fridge that I don't like, so it will make a perfect base. Thanks for this great lens!

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @Mee2: Awesome I LOVE when people say they're going to try this! It's so much fun, and so pretty!

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @anonymous: Thanks for coming by and commenting. I hope you enjoyed my lens!

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          maggielarain 5 years ago

          They have Drip Candles at SunShine Studios i believe...you're makin me wanna start one. :]

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @maggielarain: Haha they do! That's where me and Jesse have been getting them.

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          KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

          My mom was always making drip-candle centerpieces. The candles she used had many colors of wax built right in. I've done a few on Chianti bottles, alternating different candles to get a color mix. Thanks for the suggestions!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          thought this was a very creative and fun lens to view tonight, gave you a 'thumbs up'!

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @KimGiancaterino: Awesome! I've gotten some candles that are white on the outside but burn a rainbow of colors. They're pretty cool. Enjoy!

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @anonymous: Thanks so much!

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          ceramictiles 5 years ago

          can make a great gift - but definitely fun to do either way - especially something for a power cut.

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @ceramictiles: Thanks! I totally agree, that's when my boyfriend started his, during a long power outage. Thanks so much for stopping by and participating in my lens!

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          JoshK47 5 years ago

          How neat! Thanks for sharing this - looks like a fun way to decorate your space. :)

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @JoshK47: Thanks! It is, and a great conversation starter too.

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          Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

          Cute and fun!

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          Ben Reed 5 years ago

          A fun lense - love those candles

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @mihgasper: Thanks so much!

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @Ben Reed: Thank you! I love them too.

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          Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

          Nicely done! I love how you gave us the steps and the photos on how it will look at each stage!

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @shellys-space: Thanks! I tried to make it as easy to understand as possible. I know pictures help me better than written instructions. This was such a fun lens to make, it'll always be my favorite.

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          blessedmomto7 5 years ago

          I made these a long time ago. Neat to see yours.

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          MindPowerProofs1 5 years ago

          I made them as a gift when I was a child. Thanks for reminding

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Working with non-drip candles, I have a glass candle pot that is never full and there only goes wax into the pot and never out of the pot...

          After a while, it can become very dirty so it's better to use a certain colour palette and stick to it, like red-yellow-orange-pink, or blue-green-yellow...

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @blessedmomto7: Thanks!

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @MindPowerProofs1: How cool! Thanks for reading my lens.

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          poldepc lm 5 years ago

          beautiful lens

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @poldepc lm: Thank you so much!

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          Ruthi 5 years ago

          These drip candles remind of the ones I made years ago (probably before you were born.)

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @Ruthi: Haha cool! So many people say they remember them, I think they're awesome I don't know why they're not popular with my generation! They should be. And everyone should buy their candles from this lens. :)

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          gottaloveit2 5 years ago

          Pretty drip candles!

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @gottaloveit2: Thanks!

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          marsha32 5 years ago

          I still want to give this a try because they are so cool looking

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @marsha32: Awesome, I hope you enjoy it! It's fun and pretty.

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          Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

          These drip candle bottles were really popular when I was in college. Many of the popular restaurants with a romantic flair would feature these as table decorations and soft lighting. I have always liked them. Had never seen one of the huge drip candle mountains, tho, until I visited this lens. Pretty awesome.

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          grannysage 5 years ago

          Oh these were the rage back in the day. I helped set up a little teen hangout in our little town and naturally had these on the table.

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          lynnasafriend 5 years ago

          wow, those get huge!

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @Diana Wenzel: Glad you saw it here! The pictures don't even do it justice, it's so awesome in person.

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @grannysage: Oh how cool!

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @lynnasafriend: They sure do! Mine was so big when I moved I didn't know how to transport it.

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          AdamCarrasquillo 5 years ago

          Awesome, colorful & inspirational. Great lens :)

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          Linda Hoxie 5 years ago from Idaho

          These are really cool. That has always been my frustration with the tall candles, they are so messy. This is the perfect solution!

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @ArtByLinda: Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my lens. :)

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @AdamCarrasquillo: Thanks so much!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I am working on a black and white piece right now and then im going to add more colors when I get a good base

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @anonymous: Cool! Hope you're having fun. :)

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          vegetablegardenh 5 years ago

          So neat! I want to make my own now. :) Great lens!

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          Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

          I never heard of such a thing but now I have to do this. Thanks!

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          Alicia 5 years ago from New York

          @Melissa Miotke: Awesome! I hope you have fun and it comes out well! Thank you for stopping by.

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          Mandy Stradley 4 years ago

          I think that these candles are beautiful! I love how each one is unique!

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          Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

          How fun! I think I'll find old candles at thrift stores (they always seem to have a bunch cheap) and do this with my grandkids.

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          AdamCarrasquillo 4 years ago

          These candles look awesome, great lens :)

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          MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

          Great Idea! It makes me wonder what other cools things I could use instead of just bottles. Great job putting this together! Best Wishes!

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          Cara 4 years ago

          This is a great idea. Reading your lens made me smile.

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          Alicia 4 years ago from New York

          @Carashops: Thank you very much! That's really nice to hear. :)

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          Alicia 4 years ago from New York

          @MarcStorm LM: Oh I never thought of that! Thanks so much for stopping by, and thank you for your kind comments !

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          Alicia 4 years ago from New York

          @AdamCarrasquillo: They are so much fun, thank you!

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          Alicia 4 years ago from New York

          @Scarlettohairy: Great idea! The kids will love it, and if any some regular taper candles do work, the cheaper the better.

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          Alicia 4 years ago from New York

          @Mandy Stradley: Thank you that's one of my favorite things about them, it that they burn and drip differently every time.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I think I want to make a drip candle again, has been a long time back and had forgotten how and your directions are excellent, congratulations for being part of the 40 Hobbies You'll Want To Try monster board!

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          Alicia 4 years ago from New York

          @anonymous: Thank you so much! I really appreciate you stopping by. I hope you decide to make another one, they're so much fun!

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          AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

          I made a few of these back in the 1960s. Congrats on your purple star.

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          Alicia 4 years ago from New York

          @AlleyCatLane: Awesome...thank you very much!

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          Frischy 3 years ago from Kentucky, USA

          These were a thing back in the 1960s and 70's. I remember going to a restaurant in West Virginia called Lock Stock & Barrel. They had these kinds of candles in wine bottles on the tables (with red checkered tablecloths). After that, my parents had one on their kitchen table for a couple of years.

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          Alicia 3 years ago from New York

          @Frischy: That sounds like a cool restaurant!

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