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Iron Craft: Fire and Ice

I joined another group. I'm so into the group thing. And when that group does things, I get all tingly and excited inside about participating.

IRON CRAFT! 1 year, 52 challenges. Oh. My. Goodness. Gracious. Crafting.

This week is the first challenge: Lighting the Winter Gloom.

This is my contribution to this week's challenge.

I affectionately call it "Fire and Ice"

We got rain here in Minneapolis over the New Year's Holiday. Rain followed by single degree temperatures, so it was icy. I couldn't think of how to tackle this project until I started paying attention to my surrounding. Ice!

empty carton - ice cream, half & half, etc.

I've made these candles before for winter dinner parties. Each time I try a different flower and these seemed to hold up pretty well. The trick is to find a flower that is somewhat sturdy. If the petals are too delicate, they won't hold up to the freezing, they'll look wilted.

I used a small votive candle that I picked up from the dollar store. The carton used to hold coconut milk ice cream - perfect size. Once you've gathered these simple items, it's just a matter of placing the flowers around the candle. In the past I've used larger cartons and candles which made for a more dramatic piece, but since there was more water involved, I lost control over the placement of the flowers. The smalled sized cartons allow for way more control.

With this size carton, the candle froze overnight. I put it in my freezer, but now that I think of it, I could have just put it outside!

As time goes by, the ice candle changes. It's important to have the right holder. I bought these ridiculously large wine glasses years ago thinking I'd actually use them. But when you lift the glass to take a sip, it seems like an ocean of wine comes pouring down. Oh well, as it turns out the wine glass is perfect for my ice candle.

I was a bit nervous when I signed onto Iron Craft. There are some seriously good crafters and knitters in the group. Also with Baby Lotus Bud around, it is very hard to get things done. I'm off to a good start and looking forward to the next challenge!


  1. this is and AWESOME idea! this is going straight into my wedding inspiration folder!

  2. Beautiful! I'm totally untalented when it comes to these kinds of things, so I admire those who are (like you).

    I love the idea of doing one thing every week (it's enough of a commitment, but not too much), and my first for 2011 is reading a book a week. I made my geeky little spreadsheet and am tracking them. Well, it. There's only one on there so far.

  3. I love that fact they melt & change with time


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