Green Beer Candle Project

By Bob Sherman

Serving green beer on Saint Patrick's day has long been a tradition in New York, and I'm sure in other places as well. This candle will add a festive touch to your holiday decor and is fun to make.

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.

The basic formula is given below. The amount needed will vary with the size of your mug.

Candle Making Supplies And Materials

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Item Amount Used

Dye Block or Dye Flake

Green dye.
140 Melt Point Wax Approximately 1 pound per 16 ounces of mug.
Vybar 103 1 level teaspoon per pound of wax.
Any Scent Oil you prefer Optional.
Primed And Tabbed Wick Suitably sized to the candle diameter and height.
Melting / Pouring Pot 1
Thermometer 1
Beer Mug From any store that sells glassware.
Blender or Whisk From a housewares store. Note you will not want to use this on food after use on wax.
Spoon From a housewares store. Note you will not want to use this on food after use on wax.
Baking Pan, Wooden Spoon, Measuring Spoons Purchase at a house wares store or a dollar store.

Step By Step Instructions

1. While your wax formula is melting, make sure the insides of your mugs are clean. Any dirt will show on the finished candle. 2. When the wax reaches 175 degrees F. pour it into the mugs stopping approximately 3/4 of an inch below the top. Insert the wick making sure the tab is centered.
3. As the wax cools, poke several relief holes near the wick, and give the wick a gentle tug upwards and to the center. repeat if necessary. 4. Ready for the second pour.
5. Make a second pour to 1/4 inch below the level of the first pour. Note: Do not overflow the first our as this will leave a visible line on the finished candle. 6. After the second pour has fully cooled, use a rag or paper towel to remove any drips or splashes from the inside of the glass.
7. The remaining wax is now whipped to make the foam topping. I use a hand held electric blender, however an inexpensive egg whisk may be used if you only plan to make a few. 8. Use a spoon to dribble the whipped wax atop the candle. Allowing some to overflow will make the candle more fragile, but adds a realistic appearance.
9. After the whipped wax has fully cooled, use a rag or paper towel to remove any drips or splashes from the mug. 10. Trim the wick to 1/4 inch and your candle is finished.

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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 Originally published in January 2006 and updated in June 2011. 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.

This article is provided free of charge for use. Candles may be made and sold using this design royalty free, however no portion of this article may be reproduced for publication elsewhere without express permission from Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc. with the following exceptions: