I've made some half-hearted attempts at making hanging votives in the past and encountered two problems - the wire would want to slide down the glass, making it very tricky to make a nice coil (and almost impossible to do more than once). Once I finally managed to make the right sized coil, then the wires would pop apart like a slinky. Earlier today I said I'd post instructions on how to make your own hanging votives, and with that promise looming over me, I got back to work - I am happy to report that today's attempt was a success. Here are some instructions for making your own hanging votive holders, which should take less than 5 minutes per votive.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Votive Holders (that open as they go upward - straight cylinders won't work);
Wire Cutters (or heavy scissors).
1. Wrap your floral tape (or masking tape, although you'll probably have to sacrifice that votive holder) around the top of the votive holder. This is CRUCIAL for a happy votive-making experience - it helps keep the wire in place as you wrap it.
2. Wrap the wire around the top of the votive a few times, then bend each end backwards so it stays in place. Note that once you are finished, you coil will sit lower on the votive than here, so keep that in mind when you are wrapping. Cut the wire from the spool, and slide the coil off of the votive holder.
3. Wrap the ends of the wire back around the coil to keep the coil from springing apart.
4. Attach the handle by simply wrapping the ends of a length of wire around opposite sides of the coil.