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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Serendipity




It happens to me all the time.


Look at that Patina!
On the blue-green candles. 





To make candles more special I often apply gold leaf to them. 







 This time I added gold leaf to the lower half of a dark blue candle.  And added a few dried flowers to the middle. 






I wrapped the candles, two at a time,  into clear plastic and tied them with ribbons, ready to give as gifts. 

And then I forgot about them. 

The gold turned into this fantastic textural blue. 

Even if I tried I don't think that I could duplicate the magic. 

Wishing you a magic and happy Mother's Day day.  

Gina 


16 comments:

  1. Dear Gina,
    artful living is what I find on your blog and the colors, textures and your imagination always surprise me. The blue candles turned out
    beautifully. In contrast to your colorful presentation Texas is in the grip of powerful storm systems, producing darkness with ominous clouds.
    Sending hugs and wishing you a sunny Sunday, Sieglinde

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    1. Dear Sieglinde, Been thinking of you and hoping that the devastating storm has left you and yours unharmed. We have had a lot of rain, which has been very welcome. Soon I will be able to garden without worrying about the below freezing nights.
      Thank you for always leaving such lovely comments. Have a safe and wonderful week ahead.

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  2. What a gorgeous effect Gina - they look like something from antiquity but with a delightful contemporary twist.

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    1. Dear Rosemary, Isn't Serendipity wonderful. That's what makes the world go around. Sort of like mutation. Without it, not much happens.

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  3. Oh wow how neat is that. I hope that you enjoyed your day yesterday as well~

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  4. Dear Mary, Your last blog post was an extra special one. It contained so many excellent photographs. Thank you for your visit and have a wonderful week.

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  5. This is a wonderful example of serendipity - gold into that gorgeous, rich blue is alchemy indeed. Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Hello Lorrie, I am so pleased that you like my Serendipity candles. Why not give them a try.

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  6. Yes, Gina, serendipity revealed itself with the gift of time. I've never used gold leaf myself, and so had no idea how it might evolve with a waxy surface. Very beautiful results! xo

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    1. Dear Frances, Gold leafing works on all candles. I know that you would come up with beautiful results. I provided a link (above) with easy to follow instructions.

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  7. Dear Gina,

    Your candles are gorgeous, with and without the patina! I've said it before, but you certainly have the Midas touch! I think you sould experiment with the process because I do believe that you could duplicate it, and with great success. You might even achieve different patinas according to the candle's base color. I say — go with it!

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    1. Dear Mark, The only problem with trying to repeat this particular treatment is that it took several years to get those results...possibly 10 to 15 years. I only discovered these candles a few days ago because I had put them in a drawer many years ago and immediately forgot about them. Now I'm curious to find out how it all happened, so I might give it a try.

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  8. Well Gina, I think the candles are an even better gift now - they have aged to a beautiful patina and anyone would be happy to receive one.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

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    1. Hello Judith, Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday. I see many wonderful posts because of your generosity.

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  9. Wow I had never seen candles decorated like this...lovely!

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    1. Hello Donna, It only takes only a few dried flowers and maybe a little gold leaf to make ordinary candles more interesting. I am so pleased that you like my version.

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