Even though I adore the bright, happy colors associated with birthday candles, sometimes you want to make them a little more sophisticated. Like, say, if you want to wear them. Gilding them in gold accomplishes just this. Plus, I love how the strong metallic makes it hard to tell if these are real candles or actually made from metal. Fancy or DIY?
- Birthday candles //
- Spray primer //
- Gold Spray paint //
- E6000 glue //
- Accessory parts //
- necklace chains //
- earring backs //
- ring bases //
- brooch pins //
- hair combs or bobby pins //
If you want some of your accessories to have shorter candles instead of full size, just cut them down with scissors. Then prime your candles. The easiest way I thought of to do this is to stick a needle slowly up the bottom of them and stick the other end of the needle into floral foam. Or use a candle pick and then cut the candle down after painting. This elevates the candles so you can get all angles. After your primer dries, spray them with your paint color.
When this dries, you can adhere them to your accessory bases using E6000 glue. Its definitely the best for jewelry crafting and creates a really strong hold. For the necklace I made, I took an open crimp bead and slowly pushed it in to the candle. Then I removed it, attached a ring and then put a little dab of glue on the crimp bead and inserted it back in.
I also made a brooch, a hair comb, a bobby pin and a pair of earrings!
I think I’ll wear at least one piece of this jewelry every single day all year. My birthday is that important.
Amy Nelson says
um………….this might be my favorite thing so far!! So cute and clever! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
THANKS AMY!!! You’re the best!!