Eye made a concrete candle holder! Eye’m sorry. Eye just had to…wink wink! Oh boy. SO. LAME. Okay for real though. I made this baby a little while ago and I’m totally smitten with the way it turned out. This is one of those projects that came out of thin air – I just decided I wanted to make something with concrete and then I decided it was to be a candle holder in the shape of an eye. I built the mould by basically guessing the entire time and it totally worked! That, generic viagra viagra my friends, cialis sale does not happen very often. Let me tell you how I did it – so you too can mould your way to a cool candle holder (in any shape you want!)…
Rockite – any hardware store will have it, or something similar
Old tetra-packs – washed out and dried
Tea light candle
OKAY – I don’t have an exact tutorial full of measurements for you as I kind of winged it the whole time. But I think the pictures make it pretty straightforward(ish), but I will give you an idea of my step-to-step so you can start creating your candle holder mould!
1 – Figure out the size you want to make your shape (mine is 11 inches long and 7 inches wide). Cut out a base from cardboard that will be larger than the size of your shape. Cut apart all your tetra-packs so that they are a flat sheet rather than their original shape. To make the eye, start by cutting out two long rectangles for the sides of the eye from your tetra-packs. Then tape the two ends together so that you make the eye shape – it doesn’t matter how wide these are as long as they are slightly thicker than you want your eye to be.
2 – For the lashes, measure and cut out five equal sized skinny rectangles for the base of the lashes, 10 equal sized skinny rectangles for the sides of the lashes, and five ‘ends’ for each lash. Tape the base and sides together and add the ends onto each one to complete your set of five.
3 – Measure and cut out five appropriately sized holes on the side of your eye shape so that you can slide your lashes into place – then tape to secure. This way when you pour your concrete in – it will flow from the center out into each lash and will create the look you are going for!
4 – Once your lashes are attached, finish your mould by taping everything down securely onto your cardboard base so that there are no gaps or places where the concrete could leak out. **I found out I didn’t need to use all the duct tape on the bottom of the mould as the Rockite would have been fine sitting on the cardboard – but at the time I wasn’t sure if it would react with the cardboard. Rockite takes the shape of whatever it is poured onto – so it ended up making the bottom of my eye look just like duct tape – kind of a cool look, but not what I was going for – lesson learned! You can always sand it gently to smooth any bits you’re not happy with.
5 – Once your mould is complete – follow the directions carefully from your Rockite package and pour your mixture into the mould. Make sure you do this on a level surface, and somewhere where you can keep it still for a while so that it can set. Oh yah! To make it a candle holder; when the Rockite has been poured and given only a few minutes to start setting, carefully and slowly place your tea light candle into the middle of the mould – pressing it down into the wet concrete until you are happy with it’s placement. Please use gloves to be safe as you don’t want to physically touch wet Rockite. Burny, burn, burn.
6 – Finally, once your Rockite has had ample amount of time to dry (I left mine overnight) pop it out of the mould and enjoy your beautiful, one of a kind candle holder!
There you have it! A total DIY from start to finish. Isn’t she pretty!?
I have been loving this new addition to our home. We have a lot of teak and warm colours in our place and the cool shade of concrete mellows that out a bit. Since it worked so well, I’m going to try making some other shapes with rockite to go alongside my darling eye candle holder.
Eye totes love it! (had to, right?)