Easter Applique Candle Project
By Bob Sherman
fun candle is simple to make and many variations are possible using inexpensive
chocolate molds. Add a festive touch to your holiday decor and is fun
PLEASE NOTE!!! - Candle making can be dangerous
if proper safety procedures are not followed. Please read these Safety
Rules before attempting any candle making projects. A double boiler
set up must be used for all wax melting.
IMPORTANT: This article assumes some basic
knowledge of candle making techniques.If you are not an experienced candle
maker, I highly suggest taking a few moments to learn the basics with
my Introduction To Candle
Making Online Course. The course is free, however it does require
you to register.
The basic formula is given below. The amount needed will vary with the
size of your mug.
- 1 pound of 140 MP wax
- 1 level teaspoon of Vybar 103
- Dye to suit
- 1 ounce of scent oil (optional - generally only used in the candle,
not the appliques)
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Step By Step Instructions
|1. Put 1 1/4 pounds of wax along with 1 1/4 level teaspoons
of Vybar 103 in your pouring / melting pot and place it in a slightly
larger pot containing a couple inches of water to create a double
boiler setup. For safety - NEVER MELT WAX DIRECTLY ON A HEAT SOURCE.
||2. While the wax is melting, prepare the mold. Inspect
for dirt inside, then apply mold release. Wick and seal the mold.
|3. Once the wax is fully melted, color is added. Go
lightly on the dye as pastel colors are more suitable for Easter.
Note: The Vybar will make this candle a nice white color if you prefer
a white base candle. Test the color by scooping a bit of wax into
a floating candle mold and placing in a freezer for 5 minutes. Add
more dye if needed, and repeat color test.
||4. For most metal molds we use a pouring temperature
of 180 - 190 degrees F. Once the wax is at the desired color and temperature,
we can add the scent. Stir thoroughly, then allow it to sit for 1
minute. This will allow any dust or contaminants to settle to the
bottom of the pot.
|5. Pour the wax into the mold, stopping 1/4 inch (7
mm.) from the top. avoid pouring to the very top as this makes it
more difficult to remove from the mold. Set aside the leftover wax
for step 7.
||6. Allow the candle to cool until a thick film has
formed on top. Use the handle of your wooden spoon to poke several
holes near the wick. it may be necessary to repeat this every 15 minutes
or so until the holes remain open.
|7. Once the candle has fully hardened, reheat the wax
leftover from step 5. Make a second pour stopping 1/4 inch (7 mm.)
below the level of the first pour. NOTE: Overflowing the first pour
will result in difficult mold removal and may also blemish the finished
||8. Once fully hardened, remove the candle from the
|9. At this stage, the bottom of the candle is very
rough and will need to be leveled. Trim the bottom wick slightly below
the wax surface using a sharp wire cutter.
||10. Heat up a baking pan by placing it atop your pot
of boiling water. This provides a hot surface to melt the candle base
level on as shown.
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Disclaimer: The information presented
here is accurate to the best of my knowledge and common candle making
practices as of the time of this writing - January 2006. The author and
the publisher accept no liability for the use or misuse of any of the
information presented in this article. This article is presented for informational
purposes and is used at your own risk.
Author: Bob Sherman
Publisher: Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc.
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