Friday, December 19, 2014

eBrushing candles

Hey Crafty Friends, just wanted to pop in to show you another creative way to use your eBrush!
Recently, on the eBrush fan page on Facebook, a member asked if it was possible to use your eBrush on candles. That was a very good question! Of course I need to find out myself because I really didn't know. So I jumped right on it and made it my project of the day... "Can candles be eBrushed"? And the answer is YES, they can!!

Here is my very successful attempt at eBrushing candles. And, I made a really quick tutorial on how I was able to do this...

You will need the following:
eBrush with Sharpie adapter head
Heat Gun

This is one of my favorite stencils. I've used it in a few of my other projects. You can read more about it and get the free SVG file here.*

*Please remember my files are for personal use only. Please do not alter,sell, redistribute, or claim my work as your own. You may use my files in blog posts and printed publications as long as proper credit is given to me, Mitsyana Wright and the Up on Tippy Toes blog . By downloading any of my files you agree to these terms.

I secured my plastic stencil with painters tape. This helps keep the image in place while spraying. If there is not enough tack in your tape and peels off your candle try using a stronger tack tape like Duct tape or heavy duty packing tape.

With my ebrush and the Sharfpie (SP) adapter head and my metallic Sharpies I sprayed half my candle with gold and the other half with silver.

 Even though the color does adhere, you 're still spraying on a waxed surface and your colors will have a tendency to rub off.  An easy "fix" to this problem is to briefly go over your surface with a heat gun... the same way you would as if you were heat embossing. Do not over heat, your are melting wax and over heating your surface could cause your colors run or even bubble.

We want to just subtly melt the surface so the color will melt into the wax and create a "seal" and "seal" the color onto your candle.

I suggest doing this step BEFORE you continue the pattern onto the rest of your candle so that you don't smudge off the areas that were eBrushed. Work in small areas at a time. It minimizes potential accidents.

And here's my finished candle "sealed". This candle had a naturally rough texture to it and it's final appearance reflects that texture. This is not a reflection of the ebrushing process.

Hope this little tutorial inspire you to experiment on your own candles!


~ Mitsy

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