Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Wax and Animals?
This was so cool. After hunting all around for a cute picture for one of the prior post I ran across the cutest thing that I felt others might enjoy. So here the story when my Mother and I were in PA, we stopped at a craft fair. They had the cutest stuffed animals that were dipped in scented wax. The lady who had thought of it had a mother who was in a nursing home.Her mother loved candles but as most of you know candles are not allowed in nursing homes(or dorms for that matter.)So the idea is (and it works surprisingly) If you place a blow dryer over the stuffed animals for a few minutes it will scent up the place(without the dangers of a fire)I thought that it was a great Idea and I love my cute little animal( I have a white reindeer) He's cute I named him Ralph lol.The point of the story is cute things like that exist and if your talented you may be able to make your own wax animal
Also Heres some basic instruction if you are talented:
1. Melt wax and add fragrance (about 1.5 oz per lb of wax) stirring well. At this time you can add dye to match darker or colored bears allowing it to blend better with the material. The average wax temperature is 170-200F.
2. After the wax is melted, unplug the cooker so as not to exceed 200F. If the was is too hot, the animal may shrink and become misshapen.
3. Using a pair of tongs, dip and roll the animal in the wax for about 2 minutes or until well saturated.
4. Using the tongs, pull the animal out of the wax and, while wearing thick insulated rubber gloves, squeeze out some of the excess wax. Tip: if you put the animal on a screen over your pot, the wax will drip back into your pot for the next animal. This means less waste and less mess!
5. Immediately use a large tooth wire comb (or fork) to comb or fluff the hair. Longer hair requires more fluffing. This must be done before the wax hardens. (wide-tooth pet combs or picks may come in handy too)
6. Next let cool to the touch, then put on a cooking sheet to finish the process. You can pose them at this point. To completely dry, let stand about 2 hours.
7. Once completely cooled, you can package them in a cellophane or polypropylene bag and tie with a decorative ribbon. We recommend enclosing instructions for care
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