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Making Dipped Taper Candles

by Chandler 30. August 2013 23:30

Ingredients

Instructions

Step 1

Bend a metal coat hanger into a rectangle with hook centered at top, making sure that the width and height will fit to dip entirely into your large, metal pot.

Step 2

Tie lengths of wick vertically between the top and bottom of the frame. Make sure to space the wicks a few inches apart, so that your candles will not touch as they are dipped.

Step 3

Place wax in a deep pot, such as our melting pot. Place in a pan of water and place on the stove top. Melt the wax in this double boiler and keep the temperature of the wax a steady 160°F (71°C). If the wax is too hot, it will not adhere to your wicks. If the wax is too cool, the surface of your finished candle will be lumpy.

Step 4

If color is desired, add your color squares to the wax once it is completely melted. Make sure the color squares have been dissolved before starting to dip the candles.

Step 5

The dipped tapers are made easily by repeatedly dipping the wick in the wax. Start with dipping the frame all the way down into wax in a slow smooth motion. Slowly pull frame straight up and cool for 3 or 4 minutes. Continue to dip, holding candles in the wax for about 3 seconds and cooling for 3 or 4 minutes between each dip. It is important to move slowly, smoothly and to always dip to the same level. After 6 or 7 dips, you will have a candle about the size of a pencil.

Step 6

As you dip, your frame will also fill up with wax. Periodically push this build up down the sides of the frame into the pot to remelt.

Step 7

Continue dipping until you have the candle diameter you desire. Please note that the candle will automatically form into a rounded, taper shape when the candle is dipped fully each time.

Step 8

Using scissors, trim wick at the bottom of each candle. Suspend your frame and let candles hang until completely cool. Then cut wicks at the top of the frame and level the bottom of each candle in a warmed tin pan.

For more great projects like this one, please check out our Candle Basics Book (item BK-8) with over 50 great projects. You'll find it in the books section of Candlewic.com


Making Dipped Taper Candles

by Chandler 30. August 2013 23:30

Ingredients

Instructions

Step 1

Bend a metal coat hanger into a rectangle with hook centered at top, making sure that the width and height will fit to dip entirely into your large, metal pot.

Step 2

Tie lengths of wick vertically between the top and bottom of the frame. Make sure to space the wicks a few inches apart, so that your candles will not touch as they are dipped.

Step 3

Place wax in a deep pot, such as our melting pot. Place in a pan of water and place on the stove top. Melt the wax in this double boiler and keep the temperature of the wax a steady 160°F (71°C). If the wax is too hot, it will not adhere to your wicks. If the wax is too cool, the surface of your finished candle will be lumpy.

Step 4

If color is desired, add your color squares to the wax once it is completely melted. Make sure the color squares have been dissolved before starting to dip the candles.

Step 5

The dipped tapers are made easily by repeatedly dipping the wick in the wax. Start with dipping the frame all the way down into wax in a slow smooth motion. Slowly pull frame straight up and cool for 3 or 4 minutes. Continue to dip, holding candles in the wax for about 3 seconds and cooling for 3 or 4 minutes between each dip. It is important to move slowly, smoothly and to always dip to the same level. After 6 or 7 dips, you will have a candle about the size of a pencil.

Step 6

As you dip, your frame will also fill up with wax. Periodically push this build up down the sides of the frame into the pot to remelt.

Step 7

Continue dipping until you have the candle diameter you desire. Please note that the candle will automatically form into a rounded, taper shape when the candle is dipped fully each time.

Step 8

Using scissors, trim wick at the bottom of each candle. Suspend your frame and let candles hang until completely cool. Then cut wicks at the top of the frame and level the bottom of each candle in a warmed tin pan.

For more great projects like this one, please check out our Candle Basics Book (item BK-8) with over 50 great projects. You'll find it in the books section of Candlewic.com


Making Votive Candles with Votive Pins

by Chandler 12. July 2013 22:34

Our project tip of the month is using votive pins when making votive candles. Votive pins are one of the best products to help make the perfect votive every time.

Ingredients


Step 1

Insert the votive pin into the votive mold.

Step 2

Heat the wax to 180°F and stir in color.

Step 3

Let the wax cool to the desired pouring temp.

Step 4

Add 4% to 6% fragrance.

Step 5

Fill the mold/pin with wax.

Step 6

Remove the pin carefully by tapping

Step 7

Insert the wick assembly into candle

 

Voila votives! With votive pins you can ensure a centered wick and a finished product so perfect it doesn't even look homemade.

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Tissue Paper or Wax Paper Candles

by Chandler 31. May 2013 20:48

One technique that can dress up any simple candle and make it into a memorable gift is the tissue paper or wax paper candle technique.

First, make your homemade candle. Pillar candles provide the best surface for this project. Learn how to make them here.

Next, decide what design you want to cover the surface of your candle. The possibilities are numerous.

*PHOTO CREDIT: Better Homes & Gardens- www.bhg.com

Add a photo or computer-generated image.

Tape your tissue paper to cardstock and run it through the printer. Whether it's a family photo, beautiful stock image or your company's logo, your candle is sure to be one of a kind. You can also type up a quote or verse to apply writing onto your candle.

Create your own design by hand

For this you will want to use a sharpie, marker or some other ink-based writing method. If you're an artist you can design your own image to be transferred onto your candle. You can even have your children draw on it for a memorable candle that would make a great gift for a mother, father, grandparents or a teacher.

Transferring your design to the candle

For this you will want to use a heat tool, like a heating gun or a hairdryer.

  1. Pull the tissue paper or wax paper tightly around your candle, positioned where you want the design.
  2. Hold the heating tool away from the candle's surface a few inches and begin to heat the paper with a sweeping motion for 30-40 seconds.
  • For wax paper it may take the full 30-40 seconds for ink to transfer to the candle. Peel back the paper slightly to check if the image has transferred.
  • If you are using tissue paper, the candle wax will actually permeate the tissue paper and become one. It may take less time than wax paper.

This is yet another simple way to turn plain candles into gifts that are almost too beautiful to burn! Get creative with your designs!

*NOTE: Use proper safety precautions when using the heating tool Do not let children attempt this craft without proper help and supervision.

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*PHOTO CREDIT: Better Homes & Gardens- www.bhg.com


Perk Up Your Pillar Candles!

by Chandler 24. May 2013 18:54

Last week on our blog we talked about getting creative with candle containers. This week, we're pointing out the potential in pillar candles!

Pillar candles are one of the most basic candles to create, but that doesn't mean they have to be boring. When you think out of the box and try some new techniques, they can add a touch of elegance to your home decor!

Not sure how to make a pillar candle? Check out our post on The Power of Pillars.

You will need to make a basic pillar candle before you use any of the following techniques.

Martha Stewart has three techniques to dress up your pillars that we just love!

Swirled-String Candles

Learn how to use waxed twine to create an interesting pattern on the surface of your pillar candle.

How to make swirl-string candles.

 

 

 

Basket-Weave Candles

An easy weaving technique of beeswax sheets can create a complex, crafty-looking candle.

You can get your beeswax sheets right here on Candlewic.com! Click here to browse beeswax.

How to make basket-weave candles.

 

Faux Bois Candles

Faux bois, or "fake wood", candles are a great way to bring natural looking decor into your home.

How to make faux bois candles.

 

 

 

These are just three techniques you can use to perk up your pillar candles! Think outside of the box and try inventing some techniques of your own! And don't forget to get all your pillar candle supplies right here:

 

*Photo credits: Marthastewart.com


About the author

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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