Realistic Candles





What's a great way to get low and spooky lighting which will also give a great effect to your scenes???
You guessed it! By using Candles!



The safest way to go is by using "light up" ones. This way you reduce the chance of starting a fire or someone getting burned. You can use a flicker bulb and it will still give you a flame look and effect. Or even better yet use a "flicker generator" ( a flicker generator is a controler you plug a lamp(S) ,that uses incandescent light bulbs, into. Then plug the controler in and it will make the light bulbs "flicker" like a real candle). These usually cost inbetween $25-$50 depending on where you get them. I purchased mine from www.shipwreckproductions.com and www.hauntmasterproducts.com.
Now you can also purchase fake candles with flickering leds. You either plug them in or most just take batteries. You can buy these at variour online stores

I would strongly recommend NOT using real candles, the chance of having a fire is just NOT WORTH IT!



What are the best places or scenes for candles? Hummmm.... the possiblities are endless! But here are a few suggestions just in case you need a tip or two.


Haunted Hallways, Witch scenes, Lab scenes, Dungons, Next to a coffin, Near an entrance, Next to an exit, Next to something you want people to read, Next to signs, in a graveyard.


How To Make Realistic Candles

When I got my flicker generators, I wanted to make my own fake candles instead of buying some. So, here are how I made mine. You could also use these with flicker bulbs without using flicker generators!! When finished with your candles place a lamp socket with plug-in (string of c-7 or c-9 christmas lights), in the center, make sure if you have tall candles to screw in your light bulb of your choice of color into the socket before you hot glue the light base and cardboard to the candle part!, secure with hot glue. Place either a flicker bulb or a small night light bulb(c-7, or c-9 replacement x-mas bulb)into lamp.

Ok, first of all let me say, This is only for adults to make, if you ARE NOT a ADULT, have one make these for you! SAFTEY FIRST!!

Using wax....
What you'll need....
-large empty coffee can
-single stove burner unit
-one large block of wax
-wax candle coloring
-2 inch pvc cut into sections as tall or short as you want your candles
-wax paper
-tongs

OK, melt the wax in the coffee can on top of the burner unit. Then add coloring. Take one piece of pvc and securely hold with tongs, dip into wax (a couple of times may be necessary to get darker colors)then place on waxed paper to harden.



Using glue sticks....
Ok, first of all let me say, This is only for adults to make, if you ARE NOT a ADULT, have one make these for you! SAFTEY FIRST!!
What you'll need....
-large empty coffee can
-single stove burner unit
-one large bag of glue sticks
-wax candle coloring
-2 inch pvc cut into sections as tall or short as you want your candles
-wax paper
-old knife or fork

Now, using a unit with a single stove top burner, place an old coffee can on top and add one large package of glue sticks and melt, the temperature must be hot in order to melt them, please use caution! You can add wax candle coloring to it (you can buy the colors at craft stores) Once the glue sticks are melted can you have the color mixed in, using the knife or fork, spread the melted glue mixture quickly onto the pvc and in a "frosting" method coat the pvc, moving quickly. Then place on waxed paper to harden.









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