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  1. Right? Sometimes you learn stuff without even trying! I'm not sure I actually needed to learn about that, but I'll take it, lol
  2. I'm taking my sculpting even further and really getting into some detail. This little guy is around 4" tall and took me about a week (off and on) to sculpt out of polymer clay. This is the same stuff I use to sculpt the originals for my beeswax candles. I finished it off with some acrylic paints and there you go. There's all kinds of polymer clay out there, but I generally stick to two types: Sculpey and Sculpey firm. The snails body and the grass and rocks is made from the original Sculpey (generally called Beige Sculpey because of the color; not a very imaginative bunch, I'll admit), and then I use the Firm for stuff that's really detailed, like the shell. Yeah. Every single line on that shell was sculpted in by me. It sucked. ***Adult/Biology Warning*** Also, throwing it out there, I try to go as detailed as I possibly can. That means I spent a little time studying these things. That said, if you look to the bottom right of the shell you'll see a couple of holes. Snails actually have those! The top hole is the nose, essentially. The bottom hole is the... poopy hole. Brings new meaning to "smells like crap."
  3. And the results are in, with an average burn time of 8 hours and 40 minutes! Not too shabby.
  4. Back again to show off my latest original design beeswax candle: Santa Muerte. She's weighing in at almost 2.25 ounces, stands about 4" tall, and I'm currently doing some burn testing so we'll see where that lies. I'm guessing somewhere between 8-10 hours, hopefully closer to 10.
  5. I did! A little bit of Googling, a couple of orders from Amazon, and I was molding. It's actually not all that difficult, just frustrating and costly when a design doesn't pan out.
  6. This time around I opted to go a little more odd, maybe a little less cute. As before I sculpted all of these out of clay, made silicone molds, and made some lovely beeswax candles! The cheeseburger is burning 5.75 hours at 1.76 oz. The penis is just over 1.5 oz and has a burn time of around 2.5 hours.The baby doll head is about 2 oz, but I'm still currently testing it; I'm currently at 4 hours and it's not even halfway down. Apologies if anyone is offended by the second candle but you gotta admit, that's just funny!
  7. The drips make the whole thing! lol This is the painted sculpture after I made the mold. It definitely pops a bit more than the candle, but only just.
  8. I've continued to work on my sculpting and original candle making, and my latest piece here is a 2.39 ounce all natural beeswax Poison Apple? Just over 2.5" tall to the top of the stem, testing has been in the 10 hours range. After some more testing is complete I intend to add these to my etsy shop, along with a couple of my older original beeswax candles and various artworks.
  9. Don't get me wrong: I still enjoy making some candles. I'm getting ready to try some more detailed designs for my silicone candle molds. But I think I am moving further from the candles and more toward just sculpting. We'll see what happens!
  10. You got it! That's Castle Greyskull, home of HeMan and the Masters of the Universe! It's a stash jar lol. Nostalgia only takes you so far!
  11. It's kind of sad to say, but candle making isn't holding my interest as much as it once was. As soon as I started sculpting my own candles, well, I just kept sculpting! Here's a small sample of what I've been up to. Also, for the record, the pipes are just the canvases for some of these pieces. They are not meant to be smoked from, and I warn people before they buy that if I ever see one has been smoked from I'll smack them! Also also, the last one is still a work in progress, but it's really close! Enjoy!
  12. I'm a little late to this conversation, but what the hey? Like @Candybee says, different waxes will have different strengths with different fragrances. I generally have a poor HT with paraffin when compared to soy, but one of the main reasons I use paraffin is because of the bright colors you can get. My paraffin candles are usually animals and such, so the cold throw is more important on those. But if I want a good hot throw I have to have some soy.
  13. @Sarah S Thank you! Oddly enough, I was only planning on making the human one, but then my wife's coworkers kept asking when I was going to do the traditional Valentine's candles, so I had to pop those out real quick for them! I'll admit that they're a little lackluster, and I'm not really happy with them artistically, but they're selling better than the human heart.
  14. This are my Valentine's Originals for this year. I sculpted the stuff out of clay, made molds, and threw some beeswax candles! Nice and easy! They range from 1/4 ounce to 1.5 ounces, and burn from an hour (the tiny rose) to 4 hours (the human heart).
  15. I haven't even been on the forum in so long! Holy cow! Anyways, I've been getting more into sculpting and trying to make my own candle molds, and these three are my Valentines themed works. The little rose is only .25 ounce of beeswax! That's all, but it has a 1 hour burn time! The little decorative heart is .5 ounce and has a 2 hour burn time. The human heart is 1.5 ounces and has a 4 hour burn! I sculpted all of these things by hand, then made the silicone molds. There's probably about $30 in materials that made the three molds. I've possibly got something bigger coming next, maybe up to 3 or 4 ounces. We'll see.
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