Post # 1
I made these…this is a REALLY** rough draft (the mirror is still in plastic! and there will not be stones on the mirror and I am undecided about the candles on top..) Anyway; just quickly threw it together to see how the fake flowers would look submerged and to see if I could go this route..
I wanted to say that the flowers DID bleed the very first time I put them in water (the water was DARK red!!) and then I dumped out the water, then filled it back up, and they haven’t bled since. I took this picture this morning, 5 days later. So although they do bleed, they stop!!
I am not thrilled with how they look in photos because they do look a little fake, but ironically in person they look a ton better. They are magnified but they really look pretty good in person. Infact both my mom and sister thought they were real. All together, this centerpiece will cost me 30.00
Post # 3
I like them, but I dont like the candles on top. There are too thick or something… Or maybe too white… hmm I dont know what it is, but my eyes are drawn away from the pretty flowers and directly to the candles. Besides that I think they look really nice and besides stems I can’t really tell the flowers are fake.
Post # 4
Those are pretty similar to what I’m doing, although I’m using violet hyacinth, will have the gems in the bottom of the vase with a submergible LED light (which is why I am using the mirror, lighting is really important to me), and then a single floating candle on top that is just about the width of the vase.
My flowers didn’t bleed, but good news on yours!! I agree with others that a single larger candle might look better if you choose to keep it. I really think it depends on the lighting in the rest of the venue if you want to use them or not. If you’ll have house lights down low, I think you need some sort of light on the centerpiece to make them visible.
Mine came out to about $28/table all in, including gallons of distilled water (although I’m not sure I’m going to buy that – it looked fine after 8 hours with regular water to me, maybe I’m just not as picky).
Where did you get your vases? I went through Glass Supply Depot in case someone else is reading this and have been very impressed. They are quality Libbey glass vases that should be pretty easy to resell, not cheapie vases. The customer service was awesome too. My flowers & lights were from efavormart, stones mirrors & candles were from save-on-crafts.com. Buying the stones from online was a mistake, should have done a bulk order from Dollar Tree and picked up in store. They are just way too expensive to ship.
Nice job 🙂
Post # 5
Actually I love them because I couldnt tell that they were fake until you said something.
*takes notes* if I decide to use artificial flowers for submerged projects soak them first….lol
Post # 6
Very nice! I would do one larger floating candle on top, instead of the smaller ones.
Post # 7
Oh and you should try sequins….some of them float but some of them sink…they are beautiful in submerged projects
Post # 8
A few things;
Thinking about a smaller mirror..this one looks too big.
Definitely thinking about a larger candle. I even bought them but for this picture the small ones happened to be in there.
Thanks for the thoughts! I just always thought that I wouldn’t be able to do these with fake flowers (and therefore cost effectively) because so many people say they bleed or look terrible in water but I’m happy that is not the case at all, so I wanted to share. I will post the finished product (wont be for months but whatever) so you can see when they are complete and officially done.
Post # 9
@NAvery: These vases were from Michaels.. But I am going to price them elsewhere to see if I can get them cheaper.
Post # 10
I like them but I agree with the other posters that there is something about the white candles that I’m not a fan off. Maybe you need another colour candle or skinnier white ones.
Post # 11
@S2013: Go on Amazon!! I bought 24 sets of 3 for something like $250 after shipping, maybe the same seller still has them available.
Post # 12
omg! that’s so prettyyyyyyy!!! I love it!