A Glittering Hanukkah Centerpiece
Materials and Tools:
shallow glass bowl (11"-15" diameter, 2-4" deep)
18-gauge wire (at least 30 feet)
needle-nose wire pliers with wire cutter
12" square (approx.) scrap of wood
hammer, ruler, pencil
polystyrene foam to fit in deepest area of bowl (approx. 4" square)
silver Mylar sheet
glass marbles, blue and clear
silver leaf (foil) and adhesive
flat 1/2" brush
8 clear smooth glass votive holders and white candles
florist's sticky clay
1. Mark an equilateral triangle on the wood, measuring 7 to 9 inches between points (adjust the size of the triangle based on the size of the bowl, no real rule, just preference). Hammer nails into each point.
2. Cut a length of wire approximately 9 feet long. Wrap one end of the wire around a nail, leaving a two-inch tail. Tightly wrap the entire length of wire around all nails, making sure to end at one of the triangle points. Wrap the end of the wire under all layers of wrapped wire and twist over the wires several times to secure.
3. Cut two pieces of wire, each about two inches. Using pliers, wrap these at the remaining two points several times to secure. Pinch the ends with the pliers to prevent sharp points.
4. Remove two nails from the wood and slide the triangle shape from them. Use your fingers to sharpen the corners of the triangle and adjust to the desired shape.
5. Repeat these steps to create a second triangle.
6. Lay one triangle over the other to create the Star of David. Cut six pieces of wire to two-inch lengths. Use these pieces to twist around the triangles where the two touch. Use the pliers to tighten the wrap and pinch to prevent sharp points.
7. Cut two pieces of wire, each about 14 inches long. Fold each piece in half. Wrap one wire around each side of the bottom point of the star, along the straight edge that intersects the bottom point. With the pliers, twist tightly and neatly the entire length of each folded piece of wire. These wires should point away from the main part of the star and will serve as the stand that holds the star up. Set the star aside. If desired, paint the completed star with silver spray paint.
8. Apply a generous amount of silver foil adhesive to each of the candleholders. Allow to dry, following package directions. Apply the silver foil, as much or as little as desired.
9. Wrap the block of polystyrene foam with the silver Mylar sheet as you would a present. Use florist's sticky clay to attach the wrapped block to the bottom center of the glass bowl. Insert the wire attached as the stand to the star into the center of the foam block, the wire point should poke easily through the mylar. If the star isn't standing straight, apply a dab of hot glue at the base of the wire and hold straight until set. Cover the glue dot with a glass marble.
10. In the bowl, mix the blue and clear glass marbles, filling it to almost full and covering most of the Mylar-covered foam.
11. Place a few marbles into each of the candleholders, and then place a candle in each. Arrange the candle holders in the bowl of marbles, moving marbles around to get a variation of heights.