When you think of crafting with wax you generally think of candle-making projects but, just because you work with paraffin, doesn’t mean you have to make candles. Did you know that you can create children’s play characters, stars, fish, flowers, pet shapes and much more simply by casting wax? Don’t think about all those molds you would have to go purchase to have just a few of these new decor pieces; if you have some sand you have all the molds you’ll ever need! Set up a sand mold decor maker and, whenever you want, you can easily make a new decor piece for yourself or to give as a gift.
There are lots of different things you can use to make the sand mold center. A deep box lid, the box itself, a large plastic bowl or even a board with a solid railing around it. All you need is something which can easily hold quite a bit of sand. Of course, if you choose a small object to hold the sand, like a bowl, you’ll only be able to make small decor pieces. A box or box lid are really ideal. Fill it about two-thirds of the way full with sand. The sand can be bags and bags you’ve gathered over years of vacationing at the beach or can be a bag of sand from a home improvement store. The sand can be ordinary in color, vivid colors, or can be a combination of colored and plain sand.
The reason the colors and types of sand you use are not important is because the sand does not end up being part of the decor piece itself. Instead, the sand merely serves to create a mold for pouring the wax and creating the piece you want. Sand molds have to be damp so squirt some water in the sand and dampen it each time you use it. The sand should not be wet but should be damp enough it easily sticks together when you pat it.
Decide on the type of decor piece you would like. You have many choices for making the actual mold. One way to do so is to simply dig out the shape you want. For example, smooth the top of the damp sand then draw the outline of a star. Begin removing sand from inside the outline until you’ve created a star with depth. Smooth the sand so that the mold looks as smooth as a plastic mold. Now you’re ready to pour the wax.
Melt wax in a glass measuring cup and add scents or colors as you wish. Use candle-making colors and scents or even use crayons for color and perfume for a scent. Since the decor pieces you’re making are not candles the scent can even be omitted. Pour the melted wax into the mold and allow it to set up. Afterwards, dig the new decor piece out of the sand. Use a toothbrush or something similar to brush the sand away. Now you can use paints to create the designs you want on the star.
You have many things at home you can use to make the sand molds. Browse through your child’s toy box at home, the kitchen cabinets and other areas where you’ll find things you can use. Some examples include small army men, plastic pets, a gelatin mold, a small box or tin, jar lids, cookie cutters, large shells, a bar of soap and even shot glasses. Simply select the item you want to copy and push it into the sand. Be sure the sand is damp since this helps hold the shape and also helps the sand brush off easier after the mold is set. Smooth the mold by using your fingers and hands or even by using implements such as cotton swabs, a gloved hand, a balled-up washcloth, a spoon and similar items. If you want to create accents within the sand mold simply use toothpicks, shells, knives, forks, bottle lids and other objects to create ridges, stripes, dots and more. When the wax has set simply paint it or leave it as-is if you used wax coloring. You don’t necessarily have to paint the whole thing; you can just highlight areas on the finished shape by using markers or paints.
You also have a choice of actually leaving the sand on the finished mold. Bowl-shaped sand candles and other pieces look great when you leave the sand on. Instead of paint or sand you can also create different looks. For example, embed fake jewels into the sand before pouring the wax and you’ll create an elegant look for the piece. Similar things you can use include shells, beach glass, marbles, small stones, and even glitter.
Some things you can make: Mold a large heart shape but fold a piece of twine into the hot wax to the heart will have a hanger. Remove the heart and hang on the wall. Embellish it with ribbon around the hanger. You can even attach a novelty piece to the front of the heart. Mold a fish, paint it, then lay it on the bathroom counter. Or, create a hole in the bottom of the finished fish, glue a small dowel onto a board, then slide the fish onto the dowel so it will stand. Mold a cardboard box, cover the finished wax cube with Spanish moss, then attach an assortment of flowers and leaves. This makes a cute fake planter. Mold small things for use with a dollhouse. For instance, use a soda bottle lid to mold a footstool or mold a cookie cutter star to use for the doll’s platform or stage.
It doesn’t take long and it won’t require a lot of money to set up your own sand mold decor maker. You’ll be able to use it many, many times over the years. Create gifts for friends, decor pieces for yourself – even toys. After a period of time the sand in the box will diminish and will need to be replenished. Keep the sand covered when not in use.