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How to Build a Heated Dipping Tank for a Carved Candle

Updated February 21, 2017

Artisans and hobbyists make carved candles by dipping "core" candles quickly in a number of different colours of melted-wax vats. Then they use a warm cutting tool to shape the surface of the candle. As the tool cuts into the candle, it reveals the different coloured waxes and creates a colourful piece of customised home decor. With just a few basic supplies, some of which you may already have in your home, you can build your own dipping tank and dip your own core candles at home. Even children can dip candles under the supervision of adults.

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  1. Place a sealed bag filled with gravel in the bottom of each of the pop bottles, and fill the bottles three-fourths full with candle wax.

  2. Place the stoneware plate in the bottom of the soup pot, place the pop bottles in the pot, and then fill the pot to within an inch of the rim with water. If the bottles try to float, empty the wax and place larger sand or gravel bags in the bottom of the bottles.

  3. Place the pan on the stove, or on an electric hotplate, and turn the heat on low to melt the wax.

  4. Watch for the wax to melt. As soon as the wax in the plastic containers has melted, you can begin dipping your core candles. Monitor the water level in the pot, and refill it as needed. Monitor the wax, and adjust the heat source so that the candle wax remains in a liquid state during the dipping process.

  5. Tip

    The ceramic plate in the bottom of the pot will keep the plastic bottles from resting on the bottom of the pot. The bottles could melt if in prolonged contact with the heated metal. The gravel in the bottom of the plastic bottles will keep the bottles from floating.

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Things You'll Need

  • Large, cast iron or heavy-bottom aluminium soup pot
  • 7-inch stoneware dinner plate
  • 4 2-litre pop bottles with tops cut off to match the height of the pot
  • 4 sealable plastic bags, such as Ziploc, filled with clean gravel or sand
  • Core candles, number of your choice
  • 4 colours of candle wax
  • Candle-carving cutting tool

About the Author

Since 2003, Timothy Burns' writing has appeared in magazines, management and leadership papers. He has contributed to nationally published books and he leads the Word Weavers of West Michigan writers' group. Burns wrote "Forged in the Fire" in 2004, and has published numerous articles online. As a trained conference speaker, Burns speaks nationally on the art, science and inspiration of freelance writing.

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