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Friday, February 10, 2012

DIY - Wax lantern

Want to impress your restless? Try to make some lanterns to decorate the table on Valentines Day.

We got the idea here, and looks really simple, but it requires some work.

We need:
  • paraffin, same we use here,
  • balloons, medium size,
  • old pot, you will never be able to use it again to cook,
  • aluminum foil.
How to:
  1. Melt the wax on the pot;
  2. Fill the balloon with warm water;
  3. Try to keep the wax at the same temperature all time;
  4. Dip the balloon in the wax, slow and just to the water level;
  5. Keep it there for 4 or 5 seconds;
  6. Pull it out;
  7. Wait 10 seconds;
  8. Repeat the steps 4 to 7 for 3 or 4 times;
  9. Let the balloon to cool on the aluminum foil, the bottom will cool with a straight surface;
  10. Repeat all over again (4 to 9) 3 or 4 times until the lantern has the  desired thickness;
  11. When the wax is completely cold, burst the balloon, do it in the bathroom!
  12. Heat up the aluminum foil in the stove and place you lantern on it, upside down.
It's ready! Use a small candle inside of it

NOTE: Don't dive the balloon above the water level!
Clean your lantern with a humid cloth, without detergent

You can:
  • Paint it,
  • Decorate it with a stencil, or geometric templates,
  • Use a small hot object to carve it,
  • Dye the wax like we did here,
  • ...
Et voil√°!
It looks amazing!


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