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  1. #191
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    I did this project over the weekend and when I ran out of spray paint after the first coat (Made 35 candles from three pipes) I decided to use some leftover interior egg-shell paint. It worked so much better then the spray paint. The interior paint covered the printing on the pipe on the first pass and was perfect after two coats. I'm working on my next set of 35 and plan to use the interior paint from now on. I think if I run out of the egg-shell I will try a semi-gloss for a bit more shine, but the egg-shell looks great!

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    Thanks for the tips gang. I've attached photos to show the outcome of my first PVC pillar candles. I started with the yellow because I had a pack of yellow glow glue sticks and figured it would be easiest to start there. They glow in black light as well.


    Here are the painted pillars w-great stuff

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    And these are the completed pillars


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    What they look light lit up


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    And lit with a blacklight

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    It is never a bad day to make something for Halloween

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    That color in black light would be very disturbing. I like it!
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    That is a very cool color. I like it too.

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    WOW, love the black light effect. Great work on those. The angles of the candles look realistic.

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    Thanks everyone. I was really worried they would look goofy compared to all those great candles I saw everyone do. Hopefully I can get a few more done in the coming week. Thanks again for the help and feedback.
    It is never a bad day to make something for Halloween

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    PVC Flicker Candles
    blackcatlane, I second the interior egg-shell paint

    newgirlinaz, I love the neon candles!

    I haven't seen this in the forums so here are two tips for 4" candles:

    - Stuff the pipe 3/4 with newspaper, if your worried about critters getting in you can plug the bottom with the cut off top and glue.

    - Spackle works to seal the top and a little goes a long way to fill all those air bubbles holes, for the big ones just stuff some tissue into them then spackle.


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    Thumbs up Some mods:

    just a slight modification I came up with that saves time and effort. Forgo the expanding foam in favor of "biscuits" cut from a length of foam pipe insulation (or pool noodle if your pvc pipe is that large). Choose foam insulation just slightly larger that the diameter of the pvc. The biscuit will friction-fit in the pvc snugly and is just as steady as expanding spray foam. I cut 2" lengths with a snapknife and used one of the tealights to push the biscuit to the correct depth before adding the glue "wax" drips.

    This trick also works to secure AC flicker bulbs in pvc candles - just double the biscuit length to about 4" and use diagonal cutters to trim the hanging clip off the side of the bulb socket. A little extra glue in the top covers the foam & socket.

    One final tip, I cut shorter lengths (3.5" - 6") of pvc and created tealight candle walkway lights by hot glueing a 5" nail to the interior of the pvc. Cut the nail head off with bolt cutters before glueing. Just finish as above then push the nail into the ground until the base of the candle is flush with the grass.

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    PVC Flicker Candles
    Sorry about splitting my reply - is a post count limit for pics.

    Below: lousy cellphone pics showing 28 walkway LED tealights & 3 AC flicker groupings. You can just make out the pipe insulation biscuits inside the pvc.






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    I love this idea and will start making some this week.
    Thanks for posting.

    Mark

 

 
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