Monday, February 16, 2009

#536: i did a lot: part II of III.

the fiance and i went to candy baron over the weekend and sifted through a couple of boxes of rock candy. they are a lot thicker than i'd imagined they'd be! but not to be deterred, we picked out the skinniest strings we could find and attempted our very first centerpiece.



is the picture shoddy? yes.

do i use the stationary bike? no.

so the first attempt came out muy meh. but to the rock candy's credit, all i did was drape it on the branches, which created an awkward and thick double layer.

i don't think we're going to do that for the real thing.

attempt #2 will be to cut shorter pieces and glue them directly onto the tree.

any other suggestions?

12 comments:

Call Me Loretta said...

How big is the hole where the string goes through? Can you re-string single pieces and shorter segments on silver thread and tie them on as drops, rather than swags? What else...what else... string the rock candy onto wire, shape the wire into circles, ovals, spirals, whatever, and hang them from the branches with ribbon...

Shaz said...

I think tying the rock candy to the branches then covering the string with some pretty ribbon/bow would have a nicer, and more secure, effect than gluing.

justonejuel said...

Looking forward to seeing more pictures for attempt #2! Ever since you posted #465 I've been in love with the rock candy idea. Didn't help when one of my students brought me in some lavender colored rock candy for valentine's day.

I second the bow idea. Or, what if you also made little clusters of rock candy hanging from those bows? Like, tie three strings together (different lengths) and hang them as clusters rather than just strands (think chandelier earrings?). Might be too much but... ya never know?

Jen said...

There's always the (possibly totally and completely insane) idea of making your own rock candy, so you can get it to be a) on the string that you want and b) of the thickness that you want and c) the exact color you want. Also, it is dirt cheap (well, sugar cheap). But seriously, just Google "Making Rock Candy" and you'll be all set. It's a common science fair project.

holly p said...

i think tying them on with bows will work better than gluing!

Katie said...

make rock candy. time consuming? sure... but I bet the result would be worth it. And homemade...aah

vanessa said...

what about tying them onto the branches with thin fishing line.

I also second the idea of making your own rock candy. More time consuming, but you can control the outcome and make it look exactly like you want.

lazybride said...

do it at night and put some candles underneath? to reflect off the candy? Depends on the lighting in the room.

Anonymous said...

I think the inspiration from once wed has a good solution. The dark little hooks with the pretty bows will hook nicely to the tree branches. That way the candies don't have to be attached to the branches while transporting them with the possibility of them swinging and knocking together. You just hook them to the branches like ornaments on a Christmas tree. If you were worried about the glue gun step of gluing hooks to candy, you could thread the wire through the entire piece instead of using string. Good luck!!!

karolijn said...

Why not make rock candy directly on the branches?

Autumn Witt Boyd to be said...

I know you love the rock candy but here's a similar idea: we are using branches and hanging little crystals on ribbon from them. We found them at a great price at Hobby Lobby (do you have them out there?), $1.47 for 9 crystals, which is enough to make one branch pretty. Check out http://autumnwittboydtobe.blogspot.com/2009/02/whirlwind-weekend.html

for an example (we spraypainted our branches white)

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