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Valentine Candle Votive
By: Marie Segal
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Take a plain glass votive holder and make it a beautiful gift for Valentine's Day or anytime with this polymer clay craft. Marie Segal demonstrates step-by-step instructions for how to wrap the votive with polymer clay shapes. This polymer clay craft is a great way to recycle an old glass votive holder.
Clean the glass by putting it in a warm oven, under 200 degrees F. When the wax melts, save it to a can or pour it out in the trash. Take a paper towel and clean out the glass while holding it with an old towel. I find the labels are easier to get off when the glass is hot. Clean the glass with glass cleaner or white vinegar.
Mix a 1/4 block of olive with a 1/4 block of Opaque white together until it is one color. Pinch off little balls about 1/2" in diameter. Cut some of those in half.
I pull the end with the pinch of the long leaf back a little when I put it on. Make sure that when you put the hearts on that they are attached to the leaves. When you put the leaves on make sure that they are touching each other. If you have a straight sided votive that you are using you may want to use some of the Weldbond or Ultimate glue on the back of the leaves to hold them in place after baking. Since the leaves wrap the bulge of the glass on this votive, they are less likely to come off. Bake the whole thing in the oven for 1/2 hour at 275 degrees F and let cool in the oven until you can touch it.
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