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Candles and Candlabras
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 and Candlabras!
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.
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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 glue sticks....
Candlabras To begin you will need these items.... First take the the two 12" pieces of 2 x 4's. take one piece and cut the center of it out to fit the other piece in it to make an x shape, see picture below.
To begin you will need these items....
First take the the two 12" pieces of 2 x 4's. take one piece and cut the center of it out to fit the other piece in it to make an x shape, see picture below.
Next with a drill and a 1 1/2 to 2 inch bit (depending on the outside width of your pvc) cut into the center of the x you just made. Go all the way through (Also make a indentation from the center out to the outside of the x for your cord to run out-so it won't wobble) Squirt some "Liquid Nails" onto one end of the pve and around the inside of the hole in your x, slowly push the pvc into the x and let it sit for an hour or so to let the glue set and dry some. Then set aside till later.
Now take your old chandelier and take it apart you will need to make the wires come out of the bottom instead of the top. See picute below.
When your glue is completely dry then spray paint the whole thing with gold or brass paint (you can get this at a craft store) then put the flicker bulbs into the sockets, add some spiderwebs and spiders - THAT'S IT!
There are tow different sized flicker bulbs, one will fit into c-7 or c-9 (large xmas lights)$.99 to $1.99 and the other into a regular light bulb socket $1.99 to $2.99, you can get these at a hardware store, menards, or home depot.
To add the effect of dripping wax to your candleabras take a hot glue gun (make sure to buy alot of glue sticks for this)and squirt the hot glue on the edge of the candle base and let it drip down, this will take many times of doing this to get "thicker drips". I have found that the best time to do this is either when you have the air conditioner on with fans going in the room and fanning the hot glue "drip" as it is dripping by hand with a piece of cardboard to slow it down. Or do outside when it is cold out. Make sure to put down news paper on what ever floor you are working on so you don't get glue on it!
These are the ones I have made.....
Here is what you'll need....
-one desk lamp with 1 or as many lights as you wish
-hot glue gun and sticks
*optional, flicker bulbs or clear regular light bulbs with a flicker generator.
To get started take off the lamp shade if any. Remove any metal rods you don't want. Then paint black. When dry, take your glue gun and sticks and slowly drip the hot glue down from the top of the light bulb socket, being carefull not to get any glue into the socket! Let the glue oooze down, fan with cardboard or something to cool faster as it drips. This WILL take awhile for it takes MANY, MANY layers to get a nice look but, practice makes perfect.