Homemade candles are a decorative addition to any room. Learning to make candles is a simple task that requires basic craft materials. Different shaped moulds, dyes and essential oils can be used to create a variety of designs. Blending two contrasting colours of wax can create unique two-toned candles. As each two-toned candle is different, they make great personalised gifts for family and friends.
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Things you need
- Candle mould
- Silicone spray mould release
- Wooden skewer
- Mold sealer
- Steamer pot
- 2 spouted melting pots
- Candle dye
Lightly coat the inside of your metal candle mould with silicone spray mould release. Do not a spray silicone release agent on plastic moulds.
Thread the wick through the hole on the bottom of the candle mould. Let 1 inch of wick extend from the bottom.
Tie the other end of the wick around a wooden skewer. Make sure the wick is slightly taut. Lay the skewer across the centre of the mould opening.
Use a screwdriver to secure the wick and wick screw into the bottom of the mould. Press mould sealer over the exposed wick and screw.
Fill the steamer pot with 2 inches of water. Place the pot on the stove over high heat.
Place pieces of candle wax into one of the melting pots. Put the melting pot into the steamer pot.
Turn the heat level down to medium-low once the water starts to boil. Continue heating until the wax has melted completely. Use a thermometer to check the temperature of the melted wax. Heat the wax until it reaches 87.8 degrees Celsius.
Carefully pour half of the melted wax into the second melting pot.
Choose two colours of candle dye. Place the desired amount of candle dye into the first melting pot. Stir until the dye has dissolved. Place the other shade of dye into the second melting pot and stir until dissolved.
Allow the wax to cool to 57.2 degrees Celsius. Thoroughly stir each container of wax.
Hold one melting pot of wax in each hand. Slowly pour each colour of wax into the mould at the same time.
Allow the wax to cool and harden. If the wax has undergone shrinkage, pour in more melted wax and let cool.
Remove the mould sealer and screw from the bottom of the mould. Hold the mould upside down and gently pull the top wick to free the candle.
Trim the bottom wick as close as possible to the bottom of the candle. Trim the top wick so that it is ¼-inch long.
Pour a layer of wax of the desired height into the bottom of the candle mould. Allow the wax to cool and harden.
Pour another layer using a second colour of wax. Let the wax cool completely.
Continue making layers of wax until the desired design is achieved.
Remove the candle from the mould and trim both ends of the wick.
Tips and warnings
- Spread newspapers across your work area for an easy cleanup.
- Most dye chips colour 1 pound of wax.
- Add essential oils to the melted wax to make scented candles. A single ounce of essential oil scents 1 pound of wax.
- Use caution when working with hot wax because serious burns can occur if the wax comes into contact with your skin.
- Never leave burning candles unattended.
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