Torches & Lighting
 
Contents

Candles

How to make effective candles.

Simple Torches

Making simple torches.

Hot Glue Flames

An easy way to make flaming torches with hot glue.

Spent Torch

Adding a spent torch to your layout.

 

Candles

Materials:

Cocktail stick / kebab skewer / dowelling / plastic rod

Plastic Sprue

Fuse Wire

Superglue

Stage 1

Drill a hole into one of the circular blobs on the sprue, the same diameter as your candle.

Stage 2

Superglue candle in place, trim to length and cut from sprue.

Stage 3

Drill a very small hole in the top of the candle and superglue a length of thin fuse wire.

Stage 4

Cut wire to length. Drill a small hole in the base and add a small loop of medium fuse wire for a handle.

Stage 5

Paint in a suitable colour, then add dribbles of undiluted paint down the sides.

Simple Torches (Click thumbnails for larger images)

Materials & Tools:

Kebab Skewers

Cotton Thread

PVA

Craft Knife

Scissors

test

Stage 1

Cut a length of cotton from the reel. I found 20cm / 8" was about right for the skewers and thread I used. Loosely tie an overhand knot, and slip the loop onto the skewer around 19mm / 3/4" from the point. Secure the thread with a small dot of PVA if you wish.

Stage 2

Wrap the rest of the thread around the skewer, and secure the loose end with a little more PVA. Try to cover the short tail of thread whilst you wrap - you can always cut it off later if you don't manage to hide it. Leave to dry.

Stage 3

With a sharp craft knife, trim the skewer about 1mm from the top of the wrapping. Rotate the skewer as you cut - do NOT try to cut right through in one go.

 

Here is a completed torch - simple but effective.

 

...and a dozen torches in a crate ready for use.

Hot Glue Flames (Click thumbnails for larger images)

Materials & Tools:

Kebab Skewers

Craft Knife

Hot Glue Gun

Clear Glue Stick

Permanent Markers (Sharpies)

 

Stage 1

Using a black marker, colour a black band at one end of the kebab skewer.

Stage 2

Add a blob of clear hot glue, pulling the end to a point. Hold the stick with the point hanging downwards and allow the glue to cool.

Stage 3

Add some more fine lines of glue to the first, allowing time for each to cool and harden.

Stage 4

With a sharp craft knife, trim the shaft of the kebab skewer to form a handle for the torch.

You can do this step first if you prefer, but you'll need some way of holding the piece safely away from the hot glue.

Stage 5

Using a brown maker, colour the rest of the torch handle.

Stage 6

Using a yellow marker, colour most of the hot glue.

 

Stage 7

Add a little orange leaving the base of the flame mostly yellow.

 

Stage 8

Add some red highlights near the tip of the flame.

Example 1

The torch shown against a white background to show the effect more clearly.

Example 2

A second torch made using the same techniques.

 

   

Spent Torch (Click thumbnails for larger images)

Materials & Tools:

Pyrography/Soldering Iron or

Lighter / candle

Craft Knife or Secateurs

Kebab Skewers

Black Chalk Pastel

Paint Brush

Stage 1

Trim the kebab skewer to the length for a torch with a sharp craft knife or secateurs. About 19mm / 3/4" looks about right, though you may want to make it shorter.

Stage 2

Using a hot pyrography or soldering iron, scorch the end of the piece of skewer. Alternatively use the flame from a candle or lighter to set it alight for a couple of seconds. Use good ventilation and heat protection.

Stage 3

The spent torch should now look something like this. You can stain the handle with ink if you want it to look darker.

Stage 4

Drag a small paint brush across a black chalk pastel to pick up some of the dust, and apply a vertical streak going up a wall.

Stage 5

Glue the torch in place at the bottom of the sooty mark, and you have a burned-out torch that someone dropped.

 

free page counter

Contact me with suggestions, comments or questions.

These articles are provided under this Creative Commons Licence: