Elegant Oil Burning Rock Lamp | Indoor & Outdoor Rock Candles
This DIY craft is similar to the Mason Jar Oil Lamp, but instead of using a mason jar for the decor, you will be using a rock, or a slate.
This is just to demonstrate another way to create the same project.
The thinner the rock, the easier it is to drill the holes for the wicks. It is not very much fun trying to drill a hole with a hand drill, if the rock is two or three inches thick.
The slate-like rock in the picture can be found at Lowes or Home Depot in the gardening center.
The slates/broken tiles come in a sheet of about 5-7 rocks for around $4.00.
You will need:
1) 1/4 concrete drill bit ($2.00)
1) strip of cotton for wick, or a fiberglass wick (preferred)
1) glass jar for oil container
1) small bottle of gorilla glue (worth having around for a dozen applications)
1) bamboo or other material to surround glass jar.
As you can see in one of the photos, a piece of copper freezer tubing (as mentioned in the Mason Jar Oil Lamp article) was used to place around a portion of the wick. This is not necessary, but it helps the wick from falling down into the drilled hole, and it also helps to keep black marks off of the rock, or mason jar lamp from the flame kissing it.
The copper tubing comes in a roll for a few dollars at a hardware store. A copper cutter is a handy tool to have in order to cut through the tube and also flare out the top end so it will have a lip and won't fall down the hole.
Drill your holes before trying to attach the oil container to the rock.
The drilling might take a few minutes. You will have to use a little force, depending on the rock, but don't use too much, or you will break your drill bit, or the rock.
Drill three holes (or at least two). One is for you to use a squirt bottle to spray oil into to refill the container. The other two will be used to place wicks into.
Make sure that you measure the size of your oil container and pre-mark the locations for your holes, so that when you put your wick into it, it goes into the container.
Take your small glass jar or thick plastic container and place it under your rock. Position it to where you can "test" to see if your rock will fall over or not (the bamboo or other container helps to maintain a balanced rock). Once you have found a good balanced location for your container, flip it over, and seal the container onto the surface of the rock using gorilla glue.
This will take a few hours to dry. It will foam up and do what gorilla glue does. Once it is almost dry, you can use your fingers to press the foam down. Then, go ahead and add a bit more glue just to ensure none of your oil will leak out, if you happened to carry the rock and tilt it on the way.
Hopefully that explains how to make your very own burning rock.
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