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Tri-Color Jar Candle

by Chandler 9. March 2010 23:55


Soy Wax

Materials Needed

- 2 lb of Palm 1 wax
- Pouring pitcher
- Thermometer
- Burgundy liquid dye
- Apothecary jar
- RRD-50 wick
- Wooden popsicle sticks



Step 1
Add 1 lb of the Palm 1 wax into the pouring pitcher.

Step 2
Clip the thermometer onto the top of the pouring pitcher with the thermometer inside.

Step 3
Place the wax filled pouring pitcher into a large pan of boiling water. This will create a double boiler for you to heat your wax. Do not allow the water to boil dry.

Heating wax on direct heat can cause the wax to overheat and possibly ignite.  NEVER HEAT WAX DIRECTLY ON A HEAT SOURCE.

Step 4
As the wax melts, monitor the temperature with the thermometer. For accuracy do not allow the bottom of the thermometer to touch the bottom or sides of the pouring pot. Tip the pouring pot until the bottom of the thermometer is covered with the liquid wax. When the wax temperature reaches 185° F add two teaspoons of the liquid EVO-12 Burgundy color and stir. 

Step 5
Now you are ready to pour the first layer into the Apothecary jar. Monitor the temperature making sure it is at the pouring temperature of 180° F. Pour the first layer of colored wax into your jar to a height of 1”. After approximately 5 minutes place the RRD-50 wick into the jar. Make sure the wick tab is centered on the bottom of the. The hot wax will cause the wick to lean so use wooden popsicle sticks or wooden coffee stirrers to prevent the wick from falling toward the sides of the jar. Place the stick across the top of the jar to support the wick. Two sticks may be needed. Place the wick between each stick until it is centered.

Step 6
Allow the wax to cool for approximately 3 hours or until the layer is solid and firm. 

Step 7
To prepare your second layer you will add 4 oz of Palm 1 wax to the colored wax that remains in your pour pitcher and repeat the melting and pouring process above (remember do not add any color).  We are increasing the wax amount so that the original color will decrease in intensity.

Step 8
Repeat the cooling time for the second layer.

Step 9
Last layer, add 4 oz. of Palm 1 wax to the remaining wax in the pour pitcher and repeat the melt and pour processes, making sure that the pour temp is at 180° F. Repeat the cooling process.


Layered Candles

by Chandler 9. June 2009 20:50


Step 1
Melt wax to 150-160deg F. Preheat container.

Step 2
Pour water in glass container and measure the amount of water your container will hold to figure out how much wax will be needed to make the candle. Once the required amount has been established, put the same amount of wax plus ¼ of a cup excess in your melt pot.

Step 3
Secure the required length of wick to a wick tab (depending on the height of your container). Place a few drops of wax in the bottom of the container and place your wick tab and attached wick in the wax. Let cool. This will secure your wick to the appropriate location in your container and ensure your wick stays centered as you pour your candle Use wick guidelines as a basis for deciding where to place your wicks.

Step 4
Take 1/3 of the wax in a measuring cup and add 1/8 of a square of your first color of concentrated candle dye. Make sure the wax is hot enough so the dye will dissolve quickly and that you can pour it before it gets too cold.

Step 5
Take the glass container and prop it up at the desired angle. Make sure the container is secure and will not fall over as you pour your wax. Books work well for this, but you must be sure to cover them with aluminum foil or newspaper before pouring your wax to guard against any spills.

Step 6
Carefully pour the wax in the container and let cool.

Step 7
Once wax has completely cooled and hardened, place the container flat on the counter again and prepare to pour the next layer. Prepare your wax as in Step 4 again but this time add 1/8 of a square of your second color of Concentrated Color Squares. Pour this wax into your container.

Step 8
When the second layer of wax has completely cooled and hardened, add your last layer of wax. Once again prepare your wax as in step 4, but use 1/8 of a square of your third color of Concentrated Color Squares. This time do not pour all of the wax into the candle. Keep a small portion of wax to pour over the candle to fill the depression that forms as the candle cools. Make sure you save enough wax to cover the entire top of the candle on your second pour (to ensure a smooth top surface).

Try making these candles using more layers at different angles or use different shapes of containers.

You can also make layered votives or floaters using these same steps!

Layered pillar candles are also a unique addition to any gift or home décor!


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Hi I'm Chandler. Thanks for visiting! Illumine is all about helpful projects, ideas, and articles related to candle and soap making and the candle and soap making business.




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