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Old 08-05-2010, 06:53 AM   #4441
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Does anyone have a good tutorial on stamping candles? I think that might sell well at my fall craft show!
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Does anyone have a good tutorial on stamping candles? I think that might sell well at my fall craft show!
Here's one: Splitcoaststampers - Stamping on Candles Project Tutorial by Jenni Mouer
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If you are into ATCs, here is one to join:
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Candles seem to be popular for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have stamped on glass candle holders, but never on the candles. I have never tried this, but after watching this video I might give it a try. TFS!
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I sprayed the coasters to protect the image. I used Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze, which gives a bright, high-gloss finish, looks like glass, and gives the illusion of depth. I love the look of these - so "finished". I have used one of the sealed coasters for over 4 years and have never had a problem with condensation beading from cold drinks so I don't know why it would be a deterrent from people buying them? To each his own, I guess...
Does the Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze work on a trivet for hot items? I was thinking about making some of them this year to match the coasters. I like the idea of the high gloss finish and the illusion of depth. Where is the best place to purchase this glaze? Do you only have to spray one coat?
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I love the stamped candle idea... does anyone know if there are any types of markers that are unsafe to use when coloring? I have copics, but since they are alcohol based, I am not sure that they will be safe... How about sharpies or regular crayola markers?
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Great question, Audrey. I am wondering the same thing.
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Hey all,

The website I mentioned for the survival kit, the link was deleted by the moderator. I am not sure why??? Maybe she can help me out here and let us know. Anyways, if you need the link for them please feel free to PM me.

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Hm, the link still isn't showing up...could you repost it or PM me the link? I'd appreciate it!

And Jennunder, would you consider selling me a few of the calendars? I don't have that program and LOVE how yours look. Let me know
Sure, just let me know what month & year you would like to start and end with and what size (small for desk or refrigerator calendar or medium like I used on the clipboards.) Once I design them I can e-mail them to you in a PDF file and you can print off as many as you need or if you would like for me to print them off, cut them and mail them to you I can do that too. Just let me know.
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Sure, just let me know what month & year you would like to start and end with and what size (small for desk or refrigerator calendar or medium like I used on the clipboards.) Once I design them I can e-mail them to you in a PDF file and you can print off as many as you need or if you would like for me to print them off, cut them and mail them to you I can do that too. Just let me know.
Hey girl, would it be a problem to post the PDF file for 2011 for the refrig one and the large one? I would like it as well. I think that is "legal" with SCS tfs!
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It would be lovely if someone could post files for calendars for the coasters and the acrilic frames that you use to make post it holders out of.
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Does the Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze work on a trivet for hot items? I was thinking about making some of them this year to match the coasters. I like the idea of the high gloss finish and the illusion of depth. Where is the best place to purchase this glaze? Do you only have to spray one coat?
I've yet to find anything yet that makes the trivets heat resistant. My mom has been trying all sorts of products and we can't seem to find one. The Krylon Triple Thick doesn't work for the trivets - we tried that.

If anyone knows any way to make the trivets heat resistant, I would LOVE to know.
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Every year CAT from SCS shares her templates with everyone. This is a link to all of them and she also has a thread on SCS. This is were I get the calenders for the back of my bookmarks. Thank again CAT for sharing your calenders.
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Download Freebies - Cat's Creative Place It always helps to hit the paste button LOL here is the link to Cats Calenders
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I did my first candle stamping today and LOVE the technique. I ended up using copics to color, and it was fine. I was just sure to let the ink dry before heating it. From what I read online, copics are no more flammable than a piece of paper once the ink has dried. Here are pics of the ones I did tonight on my blog... and I plan to get supplies for more tomorrow!!

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Sorry about the post above. I hope I linked my gallery right... It was the first time I have uploaded to it...

You can see my candles here: Splitcoaststampers Member Galleries - AudreyNicole - Handmade Cards & Crafts
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Audrey, checked out your gallery, very pretty card/candle sets!
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Thank you! They were so fun to make. They are actually boxes that are stamped to hold the candles for gift giving. I want to make cards too, but haven't gotten to them yet
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Very pretty candles Audrey. Really like how you've done a matching gift box.
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Oh boxes! let me go have another peek. I thought they were cards. lol.
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Awesome samples indeed. You've really chosen some timeless designs!
Thanks so much for sharing them here for everyone at SCS!
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Oh the PDF file would work fine I'd like to do both sizes if possible!
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May I ask what everyone charges for their altered paint cans? I found some clear paint can's at M's recently and thought they were very expensive - $9.?? a can. Didn't seem like a feasible project at that price. Where are you finding your cans and how much are you paying for them? The samples shown here are very cute and would sell well I'm sure.
I get my smaller acrylic paint cans here They are 6 for $10.00..however, they are the smaller cans and the opening is only about 4" wide.

I also buy the gallon paint cans (metal) at Home Depot for about $5.00. The only bad thing about the gallon paint can is you have to use a ton of paper to cover up the metal and they end up not being too profitable. They are super cute though!

I make survival kits every year for the PTA for back to school (for teachers & staff) and usually have to use baskets that I find on sale or get at the Dollar Tree in order to keep the costs down.

I found these cute little cardboard buckets in Target's $1.00 section this week! I will be using them for Teacher's Kits this year. They are adorable....can't wait to start playing with them today! I'll keep you posted!
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Hi Ladies!
I made a few stamped candles last year and didn't sell one! BUT! I put them in a "Christmas in July"craft show last weekend and sold them all! GO FIGURE!!!

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LOVE the idea of the boxes and the glass candle holder! Now to try to find boxes of some kind and to make them all at a profit!! Sometimes this craft show stuff is a pain!
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I made a few stamped candles last year and didn't sell one! BUT! I put them in a "Christmas in July"craft show last weekend and sold them all! GO FIGURE!!!

Here are a few pix:
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LOVE the idea of the boxes and the glass candle holder! Now to try to find boxes of some kind and to make them all at a profit!! Sometimes this craft show stuff is a pain!
Thank you all for the kind words

Kaitysmom - What beautiful candles!! I am not sure how much you sold yours for, but I got everything (candles, boxes and glass globes) at my Dollar Tree. Each cost me $3 to make. You'd make a profit I'm sure... I am going to clean out my Dollar Tree today. LOL!
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Ok after reading through the thread some I have decided to put my products in clear bags so dirty fingers don't mess up the products Does anyone know where to get some bags that will hold composition notebooks? I am on a serious budget so I'd like to not spend a whole lot on it, but I realize you get what you pay for so I'm open to any suggestions on where to get them! I'd prefer online stores since my Jeep doesn't have functioning air conditioning and driving around looking for specific stuff is brutally hot! My nearest Michael's and Joann's are small and kind of puny, I gotta go about 8 miles through nasty traffic to get to the good ones. I have a good Hobby Lobby close to me though. So if anything I can use can be found there let me know!
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How much do you all sell your mini composition notebooks for? I was thinking $3 or $3.50 and $6-7 for the large ones (they're elaborately decorated). I don't want to overprice and have people walk away from my booth with a bad taste in their mouth. Also, has anyone had luck selling jumbo clothespins? I want to do some of those but am not sure if they'll sell well.

I looked at the survival kit page but a lot of it was kind of corny...I want to sell survival kits that have useful things in them (not like toothpicks to remind you to pick your friends wisely, rubber bands to remind you that you sometimes have to stretch yourself, an eraser to remind you to erase people's mistakes, etc.). What do you put in your survival kits, and what themes work well for an October fair?
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Ok after reading through the thread some I have decided to put my products in clear bags so dirty fingers don't mess up the products Does anyone know where to get some bags that will hold composition notebooks? I am on a serious budget so I'd like to not spend a whole lot on it, but I realize you get what you pay for so I'm open to any suggestions on where to get them! I'd prefer online stores since my Jeep doesn't have functioning air conditioning and driving around looking for specific stuff is brutally hot! My nearest Michael's and Joann's are small and kind of puny, I gotta go about 8 miles through nasty traffic to get to the good ones. I have a good Hobby Lobby close to me though. So if anything I can use can be found there let me know!
I did a whole bunch of craft fairs last fall, and here is what I came up with for packaging lots of my items:

First, the profit margin (ha!) for handmade items is very small to begin with, so I didn't want to spend much money for packaging.

But I wanted my stuff to be protected and to look as nice as possible.

So for the larger things like notebooks, I got a huge box (100) of the clear plastic gallon size bags with no zippers at Walmart. They fit over the books pretty well. You can fold them on the back if need be, and just tape them with clear tape and it looks good. Then I made a matching topper to staple across the top.

I used smaller plastic bags, again, folded to the back and taped if needed, for my smaller post it notes and smaller notebooks. If the bags already had zippers, I just cut them off to leave a clean edge to staple the topper over.
You'd be surprised what will fit into the regular sandwich size bags, too.

They looked nice, didn't cost much to do, and protected my things.

Hobby Lobby carries smaller zip lock bags in their jewelry dept. I cut the zippers off them and used them for smaller items.

Here are some links to my craft fair album in the gallery. I think you can see some of the packaging in the pics.

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Thank you for the tips! I'll have to hit up the dollar store for some baggies if they have a good quantity for them.

Where did you get your clothespins to where you could sell 3 for $2?! I can't find them any cheaper than $2-3 for ONE plain one!
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Katie, I'm sure Bugga will answer as to where she got her clothespins but I just buy mine at the hardware store. I think there are 40 or 50 in a pack for about $3 or so. They're the normal size that you use to put clothes on the line. I turn mine into magnets and buy the roll of magnet at the hardware store as well.
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Sometimes you can find them at garage sales or estates sales for cheap too!
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Your candles and matching boxes are so pretty!!
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First, the profit margin (ha!) for handmade items is very small to begin with, so I didn't want to spend much money for packaging.

But I wanted my stuff to be protected and to look as nice as possible.

So for the larger things like notebooks, I got a huge box (100) of the clear plastic gallon size bags with no zippers at Walmart. They fit over the books pretty well. You can fold them on the back if need be, and just tape them with clear tape and it looks good. Then I made a matching topper to staple across the top.

I used smaller plastic bags, again, folded to the back and taped if needed, for my smaller post it notes and smaller notebooks. If the bags already had zippers, I just cut them off to leave a clean edge to staple the topper over.
You'd be surprised what will fit into the regular sandwich size bags, too.

They looked nice, didn't cost much to do, and protected my things.

Hobby Lobby carries smaller zip lock bags in their jewelry dept. I cut the zippers off them and used them for smaller items.

Here are some links to my craft fair album in the gallery. I think you can see some of the packaging in the pics.

Craft fair items by buggainok - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers

Craft Fair Display by buggainok - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
Annette it is so good to see you back on this thread!! I missed you!! I always looked forward to your posts last year when we were all getting ready for our shows.
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It would be lovely if someone could post files for calendars for the coasters and the acrilic frames that you use to make post it holders out of.
Download Freebies - Cat's Creative Place Are any of the calenders on Cats site the size you are looking for. I downloaded a couple last night that I am going to try. I always use the bookmark one on the back of many of the bookmarks I make for the shows I do. I got a couple acrylic frames that I was going to try with a calender and or post it notes this year.
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Thank you for the tips! I'll have to hit up the dollar store for some baggies if they have a good quantity for them.

Where did you get your clothespins to where you could sell 3 for $2?! I can't find them any cheaper than $2-3 for ONE plain one!
I get my clothespins at Walmart....100 for about 4.00.
Here are a few more pix of clothespins from last year. I sold them for 1.00 but will be selling them for 1.25 or 1.50 this year. I pretty much sold out of everything.... especially the teacher designs.
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I get my magnets on ebayHERE. They are super strong and pretty reasonable.

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wow love the clothspins
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Beth, are the backs of the clothespins plain, with only the magnet? You cover the back with paper too, do you?
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