I thought this a very appropriate day to post a tutorial with a whole lot of love. This the day that Barack Obama becomes President of the USA. He has already shown himself to be a man with a very big heart.
Here is what you will need for this tutorial: Natural beeswax, paperclips, baker's twine or yarn, heart shaped molds ( cupcake tins or candy molds will work) , red or pink wax crayons , an old pot to melt the wax in, a grater and access to a stove.
Open up some paperclips at right angles and place one in each of the molds.
Melt the wax at a low heat. Be careful because beeswax can ignite at high temperatures.
Pour the natural wax in a few of the molds and then add some color to the wax by grating a wax crayon and adding some to the melted beeswax. I tinted it , poured some molds and then added some more to make it a little darker. That way I got two different shades of pink.
I had some wax left over so I poured it into two recycled glass jars and added wicks in the center to make two candles.
Now wait for the wax to harden. This took about 1 hour at room temperature. Unmold the hearts.
Straighten the paperclip.
Use baker's twine or yarn and thread through the paperclips to enable you to hang your heart ornaments either on a string or a preexisting garland. Do not hang in direct sunlight if you live in a warm climate. I really enjoy the scent of fresh beeswax.
Tomorrow I have a new little softie to share with you inspired again by the BBC Planet Earth series. It was the first time I had an idea of what I wanted to make, drew out a design and then just felted, molded, cut, stitched and knit until her was done. I didn't make a pattern and I used so many different materials and techniques. I felt like I was sculpting him with a needle , thread and wool in various forms. It was a very liberating experience.