Learn how to make these gorgeous clay candle holders made from polymer clay canes. These candle holders look great in any home and would make an unusual and unique gift.
I've used a glass candle holder as the base for this project but you could use a metal one.
Be careful though if you bake the clay with the metal candle holder inside as it will get very hot.
You can use any unbaked cane to make these candle holders.
You can either make them yourself or purchase ready made canes.
Making the canes are easy and fun and require very little equipment. If you would like to make the cane I have used in the tutorial go to my polymer clay projects page for step by step instructions.
When baking you can leave the glass base inside to help keep the shape.
If you would prefer not to have the glass candle holder as part of the finished item then you will need to carefully remove it before baking.
An easy way to do this is to cover the glass base with cling film so you have something to pull the holder away from the clay.
The clay should hold its shape whilst being baked. If the sides are quite thin then you may want to fill the clay shape with baking beads that are sold for making pastry dishes.
• Polymer clay cane
• Glass or metal tea light candle holder
• Blade or knife
• Rolling pin
• An oven
Using a clay cane with a diameter of approx 2cm (3/4").
Cut out 7 slices approx 0.5cm (1/4") from your polymer clay cane.
Arrange them with one in the center and the other 6 around it as in the photo.
Push the slices together filling in the gaps and creating a round base.
Roll out the base carefully until it is slightly larger than your glass/metal holder.
Cut off more slices and arrange them around the side of your glass/metal candle holder as shown in the photo.
Make sure you join the slices so they stick together.
Continue working until you have a complete ring around your base.
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