Published on October 29th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain15
The Creepiest Specimen Jars Ever
Last year I created this cute specimen jars for Halloween. I liked them. I took some salsa and spaghetti jars, cleaned them out, spray painted candle sticks with black paint, and then used silicone to glue the jars to the candlesticks. I added bead lid toppers and spray painted the lids black as well. I also found these fun jar labels online free and printed them out. Before I finished the outsides of the jars, I filled them with cheap dollar store skeletons and spiders with webbing. To finish them off, I added plastic bugs, buttons, twine, cheese cloth, and some of that black creepy netting.
Cute, nice and all, but lacking the horror factor I was going for.
Bring on the candle wax…
Since I figured that any witch worth her measure would have dozens of years of working in a candle lit room, these treasured, but rarely used, jars would probably have had drips of wax all over them a various times.
Let me show you close up.
I love the new look, aren’t they extraordinarily creepy! The candle wax ( I used a white candle) gets smoke and blackened and that colors the drips to various greys.
I also really like that it hides what is inside, so the cheap dollar store skeletons and spiders turn into something more sinister and far nastier then being able to see inside easily.
This jar, a maple syrup jar, I added a sticker label, that I antiqued with walnut inks, then put on the jar. Inside the jar is sphagnum moss and spiders. Then I dripped wax down the jar. I think that a short candle stub would really look cool coming out of the top of the lid.
You’ll have to be careful of the wax when you are moving these around, the wax does tend to break off easily, but I love the whole creepy effect.
kris ( skritch, skritch,skreechh)