Now your hand of glory does not have to be that macabre, but whatever tickles your fancy. THis particular hand will bleed when lit making for a very cool effect.
Step 1: Supplies and Parts
A large tub, preferably stainless steel, that is graduated up and out. for clean up reasons.
Some large white candles. You will likely need a few pounds worth.
Some of those Red dinner table candles. The kind you use for a romantic place setting.
A candy thermometer.
A second pot with cold water. I MEAN COLD. ADD ICE TO IT , because this is gonna get warm.
Some lotion or vaseline.
A SHARP Knife.
Your own hand. YES, yours and no you don't have to cut it off.
You can use any color candles you want or have but this is how I did it and it makes bleeding fingers this way.
Step 2: Melting Your Wax
Professionals will tell you to use a double boiler to avoid scorching and heat problems. But I have not found that to be a major problem yet. I use a candy thermometer to check the temp and don't touch it until it is back to down to under a 120 degrees. This is the point at which my wax starts to solidify again and is usable.
Note: if your wax gets too cold you can hit it with a blast of heat for a few seconds and then it should be a liquid again
Step 3: Forming the Hand Part One
When you have you wax at a cool enough temp, and remember to check with a thermometer. You can then start to form your hand.
This is where you need to have your cold bowl of water next to your wax either on the stove or next to it, but make sure it is close by . Please have your water cold you can even add ice to it but keep it cold it sets the wax and keeps you from getting burned.
WARNING!!!! WARNING!!!! WARNING!!!! WARNING!!!! WARNING!!!! WARNING!!!! WARNING!!!!
You are now going to put your hand in hot wax, SO BE CAREFUL. Test your wax first on your finger tip and see if you can handle it. The human body can accept temps up to 130 degrees before a real burn can set in but that does not mean that is your pain threshold. Simply place your finger about an inch into the water. Don't dunk your hand in and splash or slap the surface, just touch it, and then put your finger into the cold water. If you feel brave and know your limits you can let the first layer air cool but the water makes it set faster.
After the first layer this should be easier because the wax will give you some protection. If you feel safe enough to continue and feel that you are ready for your full hand then remove the finger case you have just made. break it up into the wax and let it melt.
Then get prepared for your whole hand.
Step 4: Forming the Hand Part Two
In the legend of the glory hand it was the left hand cut off. I am left handed so that is the one I used but it can be either.
What you want to do is get your the hairs on your hand to stick down and give a releasing agent to the wax after everything is said and done. You could probably shave your hand to get rid of all the little hairs but that might look funny later and you would still need a releasing agent. Trust me on this I didn't use any thing and it got a little painful. Oh and I broke my mold a little too.
Now gently slide your hand into the wax up to your wrist. It doesn't have to be perfect but try to get it in one even coat. and don't move your fingers. have them spread to a comfortable distance first. You can get creative and twist your hand in strange ways but remember you are going to have to hold it that way for a while, and it may get cramped.
Take your hand out and place it in the cold water. This may be a little hot but if you tested it, it shouldn't burn you. The water will cool you and it is OK if water gets inside of the wax. Once cool take out your hand and gently shake off the excess water.
Now it is like the shampoo
Rinse, lather ,repeat err , or in this case layer and repeat.
You may have to do this on different sides, I had to do the back and sides of my hand alternately, because the bottom was thicker than the the top. The top of my hand was more sensitive to heat also.
Once you have a thick enough wall , between 1/4 and 1/2 inch or just until you are comfortable that it is not going to crack. Keep your hand in the water until cool to move. Then go find some place to sit. You need to let this cool almost completely. As it cools it will expand from your hand, it may have done so already and if you can get your hand out , great then go for it.
The base of the hand may crack a little too. It's ok if you went far enough then you will have a little flare to remove anyways. Don't remove the flare at the end yet. But just let it cool
Step 5: Making Bloody Fingers
You can use the base of the candles for the thumb but you want the wick. This is what lights later on of course.
Sorry I don't have better pics. Like I said this was done as an after thought.
Step 6: Filling the Hand.
You are going to have to hold this a little while as the shell will soften a little and may deform. Let this harden.
Step 7: Finishing Everything Up
Now you can turn it over and cut the tips off with your knife and dig the little wicks out. My thumb one was short so I had to burn the finger down quite a bit to get the wick.
Now you can put it in a lantern or pumpkin or just light for everyone to see. After a while the fingers should drip and the red wax will look like blood.
Hope you enjoy this is my first submission and not my last.