After buying two new candles, I needed two new holders for them, so I made these Elvish Pallet Candle Holders. The idea was simple: eight pieces of wood cut at 22.5 degrees in order to get an eight-sided shape.
Here’s how I made this set of Elvish Pallet Candle Holders:
First of all, I measured the candle diameter. I didn’t want the holders to be too big or small. Once I had this measurement done (internal size or internal diameter). I calculated the external size from the first measurement. This ensured a good fit for my specific candles.
I attached the sides and bottoms together with glue and nails and then began the finish. Next, I sanded everything fairly smooth and painted both holders with white paint. Finally, I did the technique for transferring graphics, transferring four different elvish names. I drilled some little holes in the other sides for an interesting detail. These Elvish Pallet Candle Holders are white and rustic, with an Elvish twist! I think they came out great!
Editor’s note: From Wholly Kao
Photo-to-wood transfer Technique:
- gel medium
- photo printed on copy paper
- varnish (or Mod Podge)
Step one: the wood
I think any wood works, but just look for something that doesn’t have a lot of markings on it, or this will affect your end image. You don’t need to treat the wood, but if yours is extra splintery, make sure to sand down the edges.
Step two: the image
Two rules of thumb here: use cheap cheap cheap paper (i.e. photocopy paper), and use a laserjet printer. Ink jet images won’t transfer because the ink is water soluble. Also, all images will come out mirrored when you transfer them onto the wood. So if you need words to show up right on the wood, make sure to flip your image accordingly in your graphics software (you can even do this in MS Paint) before transferring it onto wood.
You can make the images black and white, but color pictures work just fine too!
Once you have your image, trim to the border so you don’t have an extra white border (it’ll just be extra work to remove this border after you transfer the photo).
Step three: adhering the image
I used Liquitex’s gel medium (found it at JoAnn Fabrics), and it worked just fine for me. I painted the gel medium onto the photo, then adhered it to the wood. Don’t apply it so thin that it starts to dry immediately. To get the glue to spread around, I took my bone tool and dragged it across the image several times to push all the extra glue out (you can also use a credit card or other smooth-edged tool). If you don’t do this, you could end up with lumpy bubbles in your end image. Allow project to FULLY DRY.
Step four: removing the paper
After the gel medium is dried, it was time to take the image off. I used a sopping wet washcloth and laid it on top of my entire image for 5 minutes to soften the paper.
Then it was time to rub the paper. Thanks to the soaked washcloth, the top layer of paper were really easy to remove.
Removing the paper takes a lot of time and patience. I had to do this 3 or 4 times to make sure all the paper was gone (and that took 30-45 minutes). And you have to do a final run-down when the image is mostly dry. As a rule of thumb, any white fuzzy patches on your wood will remain on it, even after you varnish it.
Editor’s note: Here’s another link supplied to the Instructables page to provide information on transferring graphics using medium gels. You can also search for YouTube videos, and other tutorial sites for the medium gel transfer technique.