cast concrete candles: part 1

Casting is a simple process, concrete a forgiving medium. I began casting concrete last spring, making pots for succulents which I sold down at the Swap Meet in Yucca Valley. 

I use old food cartons and boxes as molds, with tiny paper cups for the inner shape. They are stacked to weigh down the little cups, and I fill a container with water to weigh down the top level. Once the concrete has set, all these paper and plastic items can be easily ripped or cut off to reveal the new cast shape.

I use old food cartons and boxes as molds, with tiny paper cups for the inner shape. They are stacked to weigh down the little cups, and I fill a container with water to weigh down the top level. Once the concrete has set, all these paper and plastic items can be easily ripped or cut off to reveal the new cast shape.

The previous owner of my house left a good collection of house paints and spray paints behind in the garage. So far, I've been using these to decorate the concrete shapes.

The previous owner of my house left a good collection of house paints and spray paints behind in the garage. So far, I've been using these to decorate the concrete shapes.

Once set, they are ready for plants... but the cooler weather has me thinking more about snuggling indoors with a cup of tea and a cozy candle. So, this batch is going to become candles.