I was VERY pleased with our results. and there was NO GLUE involved which is wonderful and makes me feel better about it all, because I know that salt is one option for putting out fires, so with water and salt being the main ingredients in this crystal making tealight candle holder craft project I feel a little more safe about it all..
It took some trial and error, some recipe tweaking, but we made the prettiest tea light candle holders ever. You can click any picture to make it larger and see the finer details that the small images do not show. he crystals are amazing.
The original recipe (is a mixture for a craft project called a recipe? Im a foodie anything you mix together is a recipe.. am I right?) said to completely dissolve the epsom salt in warm water and I did that with the first coat, but decided I liked it better with a few undissolved epsom salt rocks in there while they were sitting outside to dry it was so pretty watching the sun reflect off the epsom salt rocks, it looked like glitter. Just like it does in the next picture. Isn't that pretty?
I planned trying to put a sealer on them, but decided against it because
1. these were so simple to make that if they start to show wear it really isn't that much effort to redo. just rinse and start over and depending on how many coats of the epsom salt solution you decide to put to get your desired effect you could have them totally redone and drying in 30 minutes.
2. I'm not sure how safe a sealer would be so near a fire. It might be fine to use a sealer if you intend to use these candle luminaries with battery operated candles, but so many sealers say "highly flammable" right on the container so I wouldn't chance it.
So now for the how to make epsom salt luminarie candle dishes or jars for tea light candles part of this post..
1/4 cup epsom salt
1/4 cup warm water
6 drops desired colored food coloring (optional)(more or less to reach the color you want)
6 or 8 drops dishwashing liquid
paint brush, or sponge, cotton balls, or rag
Mix all ingredients stirring gently so not to create bubbles to dissolve epsom salt (I left some undissolved)
Apply mixture to dish (i recommend doing inside and outside of dish)
let dry completely between coats before applying the next coat. I did 2 on the inside and 5 or 6 on the outside. I recommend dabbing as opposed to wiping as it is less likely to cause the previous layer to wipe off.. apply as many coats and you would like until the glass is as frosted as you want it to be.
and that's all there is too it.
Never leave candles unattended...