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Plaster Candle Holders

Oh. My. Goodness. This project started out as a disaster. Usually I can improvise and just roll with just about anything, but at one point I seriously thought I was going to cry, right then and there in the kitchen floor. I have been wanting to try a plaster project for a while and finally picked some up at Hob Lob this week. The directions seemed easy enough. I can do this, right? I mean, I did just build new living room furniture for our family. This should be a piece of cake. WRONG! Let me tell you though. After a long, messy, pull-my-hair-out experience, I have perfected it for you and saved you the hassle. Just follow my directions very closely.

Gather your supplies. Make sure you have everything you need ready to go. Once the mix is well, mixed, you have to be quick.

Cover everything in a 50 foot radius with newspaper. Okay, that's just how I would do it if I were doing it again. You can cover your immediate work area only if you want to. I'm warning you though! Don't come commenting back here telling me that your dog is concreted to the floor tomorrow.

Mix the plaster according to the package instructions. I sprayed my form with Baker's Joy just to be on the safe side. I had this feeling the plaster wasn't going to release. It may not have helped. I don't know.

Once your plaster is mixed well to the consistency of pancake batter, pour it into your mold.

I know you think that you need to wait and let it sit for a minute before you add your insert (I used a votive cup) but you don't. Maybe a minute, but no more. Sit the votive cup centered in the top of the form and let it sit there.

My first 2 batches I thought I needed to wait because I just knew they were going to sink. Turns out it was already hardened and it ruined that batch... and the next one too. I'm obviously not a quick learner. So the third batch I immediately put the votive cup, well, by this point I'm using tea lights because my votives were concreted in another form by now.

While I'm sitting here, browsing my Google Reader, I had this bright idea to try to remove the first 2 batches from their forms just to see how hard that task was going to be. I tapped on it a few times and I couldn't get it to release. I'll give you the dialog from here...

Me: Babe, can you come here for a minute, please?

Mr. Messy: Sure, whatcha need?

Me: Will you see if you can get this thing out of here? It's stuck!

Mr. Messy proceeds to squeeze, tap, jiggle, tap some more

Mr. Messy: Crap, where's the broom?

I gasp, put my palm to my forehead and try to keep the dog from eating semi-hardened plaster.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that if your package says you can remove from the form in 20-30 minutes, don't. It might be hard, but it's not cured and a little bit of pressure will make it crumble. Just wait until morning, just sayin'.

The next morning I popped them from their forms, sanded down the edges just a tad and put fresh tea lights in them. I have no where in particular for them to go, but after all that, I feel like they need a glass case to be proudly protected displayed in.

I found a tutorial to make a cardboard form of a monogram and plaster a giant letter that I might try when I get the kitchen cleaned back up in 2014.

Kelley  – (September 2, 2010 at 12:37 PM)  

I love it! I tried outdoor planters out of concrete that I read about... similar instructions as yours... but totally messed up the concrete. Oh well, you got to break some eggs, right. I love how your turned out...I may go back and give my planter idea another try.

Have a great week!

Becky  – (September 2, 2010 at 2:12 PM)  

these would be great for a wedding or party! very cost effective. love it =)

Visiting from Strut Your Stuff

A Little Bit of Everything!  – (September 2, 2010 at 3:24 PM)  

Very cool! Thanks for checking out my Halloween Rag Wreath at A Little Bit of Everything!

Katie's Nesting Spot  – (September 3, 2010 at 11:13 PM)  

Wow very cool and modern looking, I'm glad you suffered through learning the technique and not me!

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