Saturday, November 28, 2009

Plug In Display

So I'm going to make this as detailed as possible but honestly it's been a few months since my husband made this for me and my camera started acting up so I didn't get as many pics as I wanted. I wanted a display box for my craft fairs this Fall and this turned out great! We bought some 1/2 inch MDF board. I think it was the shortest size...maybe 4 X 6 feet? You'll also need outlet boxes (the blue box) outlet covers and then the actual outlet. You'll need enough of all of these for how ever many outlets you want on your box. I did 3 but I think I'm gonna have him put another one in. There are 2 in the front and 1 on the side. I also bought some spray paint for the box and you'll also need wire with a plug on the end. They sell it for making and wiring lamps. I got one with the 3 prongs.

So basically it's 16 long X 8.5 deep X 10.5 long. I just wanted it wide enough to set 2-3 warmers comfortably on the top for displaying. And that is the finished size. If you predrill your holes then it will be easier to assemble.
So, here's a view from the top before he put the top on. Notice also the corner posts. This was just a piece of base board that was the size we wanted. It's just squared about an inch wide. You'll want something to nail into. Also notice the yellow wiring what connects all three plugs. The only thing I would have liked better would be a plug turned sideways. By the time I went to check on it for more pictures, he'd already made these right side up. I did have him turn one upside down though. When everything is wired together that's when you hook up the cord and plug to it. At the end you nail on the top and leave the bottom open. We also drilled out a little hole for the cord to come thru at. That way the box sat flat on the table and I could plug it up to a 6 plug power strip.
Here's the finished box at my craft fair. I think it turned out great! We positioned the outlets high enough so I could still display a large warmer under neath and have enough room to see the plug in too. My warmers on top are plugged into my power strip behind.

If you have any technical questions, please let me know and I'll ask my husband. It was a pretty simple project and cost under $20 to make! Good luck with yours!!!

Great Sample Mold I found!!

I was checking out Hobby Lobby here locally and found the BEST molds ever to make samples! They are in the candy making section. They are used to make the hard candy and withstand hot temps. They came in 2 different shapes and were around $3.00 each. You can print a 40% off coupon online for hobby lobby. I'm sure other places sell them like Michaels if you don't have a Hobby Lobby near you. Online source for molds
So like I showed you in another post before on how to make samples using chocolate molds, you start the same way. Cut a chunk of the wax and put it into a PYREX 1 cup measuring cup and Microwave about 2-3 minutes. Checking it after 2 minutes. If you haven't read that post go ahead and do that first. For these molds I was melting a brick and used about 2 1/2 sections per mold. That's about 1 1/2 bars. You'll want to line a baking sheet with wax paper to catch any spills and fill the molds up all the way to the top.
After about 10 minutes in the freezer they should pop out really easy and look like this.
Then just break them apart! These are soooooo easy! No more pouring into individual candy molds and spilling and only getting around 16 per mold. I'd be making samples all day! Now it is so fast and the samples are smaller so I get more out of my brick. Before when I used the chocolate molds I'd get about 115 samples per Brick. Now I get closer to 300 samlpes per Brick!
To clean my molds I found this great stuff called Candle Mold Cleaner-Wax Remover. It's a little pricey, about $8.00 but you don't use very much and it cleaned my molds really good with no residue left!
I then put the samples in a 2 X 3 inch baggie that you find in the bead area of the craft store and I put a label on it with the scent name and under it in red it says, "wax sample, not for eating"
And on that brother was visiting and I was making some Toasted Caramel Sugar samples so they looked and smelled like caramels...he sure popped one in his mouth and and spit it out! Why are men so clueless? He said it didn't taste very good...I'll have to trust him on that one!