by Craftbits (Shellie Wilson)
They give off a lovely subtle fragrance to your room and make wonderful gifts.
In this project we show you how to make the wax dipped teddy bears and waxed dipped glitter bears.
What you need
Plush Toy Bear
Heat resistant rubber gloves
Obviously the smaller the project the easier it will be so starting off with a small plush teddy bear or other animal might be a good way to get started.
Begin by melting your wax. For a 20-30 cm bear you would need around 1lb of wax and 15ml of fragrant oil.
Melt the wax in a double boiler method as if making a candle, take the wax off the heat and allow it to cool slightly before adding the scent and glitter.
Using some metal tongs and some heat resistant rubber gloves carefully dip the bear into the wax and roll it around until it is well covered. Squeeze off any excess wax and then pull it out of the wax. Working quickly use a fork to tuff at the bear hairs to separate the hair and to restore its fluffy appearance. Place it down onto a sheet of wax paper and allow to dry completely. Make sure you place it into the position you want your bear to stay.
Finish off your bear by using a hair dryer to give it a fresh melted soft look that will melt any lumps or clumps.
Tips: For extra scent pour concentrated fragrant oil into the inside of the bear before dipping.
Place a small coaster or tray under your bear when using him to prevent him from leaving a wax residue on your furniture.
Refresh your bear by adding extra drops of oil to him every few weeks.
Try using colored wax on matching colored bears for a dramatic look.
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