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Last update 4/16/2010

Michigan Witches Ball 2010

I am very excited to be a sponsor for this great event! To find out more about one of Michigan's best parties, click the link above.

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Don't worry, friends, it's still me behind the scenes!

I've added a new section called

Gods, Heroes, and a Couple of Regular Guys:
Corbin's Tall Tales

When I create a new piece
of design work, it often happens that they come, much like a baby with a silver spoon in it's mouth, bearing a story. Unfortunately, when I sell a piece, the story is sometimes lost with it. I've decided to collect these stories into a section all
their own, for your enjoyment.

Enjoy them!

Don't forget to click on the BLUE WORDS anywhere on this site to enter
new worlds of mythic imagination.


The Sorcerer's Book of Fun Things
to Make and Do

Project 1:
Rustic Candlestick Holders to Decorate Your Home and Altar

Rustic Candlestick Holders
This is real easy, and the end product looks pretty. You could use these on an altar, for decorations at outdoor gatherings - they even look nice as a centerpiece at a formal table (they introduce that little bit of Nature's Chaos that makes a nice contrast to the formality of the setting).

This also gives you something to do with all that driftwood you've been dragging home from vacations...

Soooo - away we go...:

Materials -
Electric drill
(a clamp of some sort is useful, too)

types of drill bits
There are three main types of drillbits. From left to right - twist drill, auger bit, spade bit.

Twist drill are good for thin candles, but the larger sizes tend to get expensive, and they don't come in VERY large sizes. Auger bits are expensive, but they make very clean holes.

Spade bits are cheap, and they come in a very large variety of sizes. I got this set a Walmart for $10.27, and it has every size I am likely to ever need.
match bit to candle
Pick out a drill bit that matches the diameter of the candle you are going to use.
Gather up some raw materials - sticks, chunks of wood, logs. If you wander around in the forest picking up sticks, remember that everything in the forest is either a home for something, or food for something, or both. If you turn over logs and don't intend to use them, turn them back over.
drill the wood
Drill your holes where you want the candles to go. If you are using a twist drill, you can probably hold the wood with one hand, and drill with the other, but if you are using a spade bit, you'll need to clamp the work down, or have somebody hold it. Kids are useful here.
And there you are, five minutes later, done -
tea candles
tea candles lit
thin tapers
thin tapers lit
fat tapers
fat tapers lit

Although this is simple, there are a lot of ways to insert some creativity.

  1. Paint the wood a bright color. I like red.
  2. Bleach the wood to make it look like driftwood. Paint or dip the wood in bleach, then leave it out in the sun for a few days, turning it over every now and then.
  3. Screw oddly shaped pieces of wood to a plank so they stand up and are stable. Stain or paint the base. If you are going to use it on a nice table, glue felt to the bottom to prevent scratches.

Warning! Never allow candles to burn unattended! Be very careful of using paperbark birch - that lovely white paper bark burns like paper soaked in gasoline!