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Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Hello, everyone!!!  I hope all's well and that you're all happy crafters!!!

You're all just sooooo amazing and I love you all for being yourselves, and  I'd like to thank you for being so wonderful and dropping by to visit (and follow) my new friend, Sheila's, new blog.  I hope you enjoyed your stay!!!  I believe Sheila will appreciate all the love!!!

I've gotten a couple of emails requesting a tutorial on the peony flower base candle holder I did for Brenda's birthday blog hop, so I put one together for you.  I think you'll be surprised at just how simple it is.  In case you don't remember it, it was this one:

To put this candle base together you need oven-bake or air dry clay (whichever you prefer) and Liquid Sculpey to use as an adhesive for the clay.

To begin, pinch off a piece of clay just large enough to close your fist around, and begin shaping it into a ball by rolling it between the palms of your hands:

Next begin flattening the clay out by pressing it between your fingers and turning it constantly as you go to start forming the base petal for the votive.  As you are turning, pressing, and forming the circular petal base try to get it as flat as possible while pressing it between your fingers; however, do not worry about it being irregular or having fingerprints, etc. -- we want this.  If it tears, just pinch the clay back together and continue on.  As an example, here I am pressing, turning, and shaping the clay:

Continue working the clay until you have a circle large enough to fold up and cover the sides of a votive candle:

Leave the voltive with the clay wrapped up the sides and form 4 to 5 more of these petals (depending on the fullness you want).  Now, taking a second petal, add a dab of Liquid Sculpey to the center:

Adhere by pressing the center of the second petal firmly to the bottom center of the first petal attached to the votive.  Using your fingers begin shaping the petals to look like a peony flower:

Add the remaining petals by gluing them on with the Liquid Sculpey and form/shape the petals with your fingers as you did with the first petals; lastly, remove the votive and you should have a base that looks similar to this:

Now how easy is this?!!!  All that's left to do is for you to decorate it.  You can spray it, paint it, use rub-ons -- it's all up to you!!!  For the sparkle on mine base, after I blended together several color glazes to apply on it, I sprayed it adhesive and sprinkled Diamond Dust over it. 
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Well, that's it for right now but I'll be back later to visit with you and admire more of the awesome projects you do!!!

Thanks for stopping by, and...

I'll be seeing you!


Sandy from Ukiah said...

I popped on the computer for just a few minutes and saw you had left a new post... you always make things look so easy. You are so amazing my friend... hope you are having a FABULOUS day.. hugs from ukiah

Jean said...

This is beautiful.

Patti J said...

You made that look SO easy! lol...I'd have 'stuff' everywhere! Oh, well, I'm stubborn, I will probably try it anyway :) That is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing - Hugs...

Kristie said...

ooohhhh.... me like. . . :)

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [12 Oct 09:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Jani said...

Really cool project. Thanks for sharing the info and taking the time to put this tutorial together.


Besthobbyeva said...

Audrey is this absolutely gorgeous! Wow, just stunning. You never cease to amaze me!

I miss all my blog friends!! Work has been keeping me super busy and my commute is just crazy, I never have time for blogging so sad!

I hope all is well with you and your family!

All my best,

Monique Barr said...

Okay, like wow. I just love this I will be doing this one also. Thanks once again

scrappin sista said...

Just beautiful!!! I love it!

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

awesome.... love it!!!!

lisa808 said...

How cool! tfs

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

WOw! You are so talented...thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. Looks great and looks like it is a lot of fun!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great project and tutorial!

Cricut Couple said...

This is SO amazing! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! This would be so beautiful as a poinsettia too!

Charlotte said...

Audrey, I love this and it does look as though it would be easy ro make. I need to give it a try!! I love the sparkle of the diamond dus ton yours. So pretty.
Love you my sweet friend.

Lori Apgar said...

Wow ~ this is gorgeous!!!! It looks like tissue paper in your finished picture ~ so delicate!!

I popped over to Sheila's yesterday and gave her some blog love!! Thanks for sharing your new friend!

Susan said...

What a delightfully fun project! I love candles, so must try this happy little base. Thank you for sharing with us, my friend! Hugs, Sue

Her Craftiness (Lynne) said...

Audrey - you need to contact me as you were a winner and I need your mailing address to mail your goodies!!! Love and Hugs
Her Craftiness

Love That Bug said...

This is gorgeous. It turned out so pretty. Very well done
Hugs, Stacy

Rhonda Emery said...

I love this and I think it is beautiful. how sweet of you to share a how to with the rest of us. hugs

Sheila said...

Popped over to say a BIG thank you for being so kind as to recommend my blog to your friends and for the award. You REALLY have made my week!

Your candle holder idea has come up just at the right time as I was in need of something cute and stylish for a party this weekend - now all I have to do is find my stash of Fimo - it's going to be another case of dust inhalation as I venture into the underbed storage!

Many thanks again from your happy little Brit, Sheila

Peggy T. said...

Audrey, this is so pretty. You are so creative. Thank you for sharing with us.

lovemypaper said...

So So Cute TFS!

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

How cool is this? You always make everything look so easy!! Love it. TFS

Ladybug said...

WOW! Is there anything you can't do???? LOL ;-)

I would LOVE to see your craftspace. It's probably "heaven on earth". :-)

Lisa said...

This is so awesome, Audrey! Thank you for taking the time to put together a tutorial! Polymer clay is one of my first craft loves so I definitely have to give this beautiful peony flower candle base a try! Thanks so much for the inspiration :)


Mary said...

How clever you are. I have a jar of Diamond Dust, time to pull it out!

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice - you did a very nice job and thanks for the instructions - the flower is absolutely beautiful!!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

This is absolutely beautiful, and thanks for the tutorial!!!

Eva said...

very nice, thanks Audrey!!! I have a surprise for you on my blog.
Hugs, Eva :0)

The Archiving Angel said...

Wow~ Thank you so much.
Great tutorial.
You are on fire!

Marlene said...

Oh what a great idea, it's beautiful.

Brigit said...

How awesome, I have to try this!!