Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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Pipe-Part Candlesticks: Patina Finish

With the right parts and a little know-how, plain pipes can be transformed into distinctive candleholders that will help light up any room.

Materials:
3/4" lead pipe, 6" long
3/4" lead flange
3/4" lead coupling
Sophisticated Finishes Patina Antiquing Set (includes copper metallic surfacer and patina green antiquing solution)
foam brush
acrylic primer

1. The flange will become the base of the candlestick. Screw one end of the pipe to the flange and the other end to the coupling.

2. Use a foam brush to apply a coat of primer to all surfaces and let dry.

3. With a small brush, apply copper metallic surfacer to the candlestick. Once dry, apply a second coat, but do not let this coat dry completely.

4. When the second coat becomes tacky, use a small paintbrush to apply patina green antiquing solution. Let the solution drip completely down the candlestick; wait a few minutes for the color to change.

5. Place a candle in the candlestick holder; if the candle is too loose, wrap its base with a small piece of aluminum foil to secure the fit.

Pipe-Part Candlesticks: Painted Finish Materials:
3/4" lead pipe, 6" long
3/4" lead flange
3/4" lead coupling
metal paint
foam brush
ribbon
hot glue

1. The flange will act as the base of the candlestick. Screw one end of the pipe to the flange and the other end to the coupling.

2. Using a foam brush, apply a coat of metal paint to all surfaces. Use a dry brush to feather the pipe, creating a distinctive textured look ,and let dry.

3. Apply a second coat of paint to the flange and coupling.

4. Embellish the top with a decorative ribbon; glue in place, folding back ends to prevent fraying.

5. Wedge a candle in the candlestick holder; if the candle is too loose, wrap the base with a small piece of aluminum foil to secure the fit.

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