Begin by planning how you want
to arrange the pressed flowers around the candle.
Place a cube of paraffin wax in
the baking pan and melt it over low heat on the stovetop.
With your fingertips, hold the
candle on each end and touch part of the candle to the surface of the hot wax.
Dip only one section of the candle at a time, but work quickly because the
paraffin begins to cool immediately after you remove it from the wax.
Be careful not to let your
fingers touch the wax because it will burn.
Lift a flower with the tweezers
and place it onto the candle where the hot wax has made contact. Press it in
place using the tweezers and tap it down carefully.
If the paraffin begins to cool
before you can add all the flowers to the candle, dip the candle into the hot
paraffin again. keep dipping and adding flowers to the sides of the candle.
When all the flowers are on the
candle, hold each end of the candle with your fingers again and roll the
flower-covered candle over the surface of the hot wax so that the flowers are
lightly coated. Do this step quickly to avoid a wax buildup. The more
quickly you work the smoother the candle surface will be.
Do not submerge the candle. let
only the surface of the candle touch the wax. An alternative method to rolling
the candle into the paraffin is to dip an old paintbrush into the hot wax and
brush it over the surface. Then lay the flowers on the wax and use the
paintbrush to coat another layer of wax over the flowers.
Place the pan of paraffin in the refrigerator to return it to a solid state so that you can easily remove it to use it again. Or you may want to pour the hot paraffin into a smaller can and put the can into the refrigerator to let the wax harden.