I have a 7” tall, 3” diameter pillar candle that needed something to dress it up, so I created a Candle Collar with Craft Metal Sheets and my Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439). I’m calling it a Collar because it’s too tall to be a Ring.
The candle is battery-operated, so I could have used all paper to make the Collar. However, I was in the mood to play with my Craft Metal Sheets, my Party Pennants Bigz™ L Die (133732) and my new Butterflies Thinlits™ Dies (127360).
I die cut six pennants from Metal Sheets, three each of Brushed Copper and Perfect Peacock. I embossed the Peacock pennants with the Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (130917) and the Copper pennants with the Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (129984). I used removable adhesive to place the Pennants on the folder in order to get the design where I wanted. The adhesive was on the back and would help hold the pennants in place when I made the Collar.
I cut a 2” strip of 8-1/2” x 11” card stock lengthwise. The color didn’t matter because the Pennants would cover it. I wrapped the 11” strip around the candle and marked where it joined. The strip only needed to be 10-1/4”. I placed the Pennants so they would overlap, then adhered them together with Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026) and secured them to the card stock with Sticky Strip (104294). The Collar actually slides over the candle, but it tight enough to stay in place when you lift the candle.
I die-cut one large and two small butterflies from four different colors of Craft Metal Sheets: Pucker Me Pink, Princess Pink, Polished Purple and Lovely Lavender. I ended up using the pink butterflies because they showed up better against the peacock. The Butterflies Thinlits™ are just too much fun. The tip I learned with intricate designs is to roll the Thinlits through the Big Shot about three times to make sure the die cuts well. You have to cut one sheet at a time and when you’re done, you’ll have to punch out all the hole fillers with the Paper Piercing Tool (126189). I found that piercing the edges of the holes on the Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199) discouraged the wings from tearing. It also keeps you from poking your finger!
If you want to make a Collar for a wax candle that you intend to burn, wrap the card stock in a Craft Metal Sheet. You can use a piece that is 5” x 12”. It will overlap and cover the card stock completely. You can secure the metal sheet to the card stock with Sticky Strip. If you don’t want to be able to remove the Collar, you can pierce the metal sheet and attach it to the candle with brads. Pierce holes in the top and bottom of the Collar every few inches. Heat the tip of the Piercing Tool and pierce through the holes in the Collar and the candle. Heat the legs of 1/8” Silver Mini Brads (122941) and insert them. The heated legs should melt the wax around the brad to secure it.
To disguise the slight unevenness of the Collar base, I tied a piece of Crushed Curry 3/4” Chevron Ribbon (130019) around the base and tied it in a knot. The butterflies were attached with thin strips of Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430). If you’re making a metal Collar, you can also use hot glue.
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