Free Autumn Leaf Hurricane Shell
Candle Making Project
By Bob Sherman
fun candle making project shows how to make hurricane shell candles. Hurricane
shell candles are the pinnacle of poured candles and although slightly more
challenging than most candle making it is a technique easily learned by most
candle makers. These make great gifts and also sell very well.
Any type of embedded object may be used although artificial Autumn leaves
were used here. Real leaves may be used, but have a tendency to turn brown
when contacted by the hot wax. Artificial leaves are also more translucent
and will let more illumination pass through. Most of the candle making supplies
needed can be ordered directly from this page for your convenience.
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.
This article assumes basic candle making skills. If you are new to candle
making, my Introduction To Candle
Making Course is free and will show you all the basics for working with
Fill wax - For best results we need a hard, translucent wax. Mix enough of
this formula to fill the mold.
- 1 pound of 140 MP wax
- 5% Micro 180 (8/10 of an ounce per pound of wax)
Candle Making Supplies
The following candle making supplies were used to make this candle. Clicking
on the item name will bring you to that item's page with a full description
and ordering information.
Melt Point Paraffin Wax - Enough to fill the mold.
180 - 8/10 of an ounce per pound of wax.
Candle Mold - Molds larger than 4 inches in diameter are needed and
the larger they are, the better they work.
Mold Insert - An insert only slightly smaller than the mold works best
due to the embedded objects being slim.
/ Pouring Pot - Note that larger hurricane molds may hold as much as
8 pounds of wax. so several melting pots may need to be used.
Release - To prevent the wax from sticking in the mold.
Weights - To prevent mold from floating in the water bath. Due to the
size of the molds, several weights may be needed.
- Artificial Leaves - I find that silk leaf garlands from your local craft
store work well for this. Peel the silk portion off the plastic before using.
- Water Bath Container - A bucket with water.
- Hobby Knife - A sharp, pointy blade is needed. From a hobby or craft store.
- Insulated Work Gloves - For handling the hot mold.
- Baking Pan, Wooden Spoon, Measuring Spoons - Purchase at a house wares
store or a dollar store.
Step By Step Instructions
Apply mold release. If using a regular candle mold as shown here, plug the
Wrap several mold weights around the mold to prevent it from tipping when
placed in the water bath. Mold weights may be taped in place if necessary.
Place the mold into a bucket and fill the bucket with water to within 1/2
inch of the mold top. Note: you must hold the mold down while doing this step.
Position the insert in the mold. Note that an insert barely smaller than the
mold was used. This simplifies positioning of the leaves.
Prepare the leaves by separating the fabric portion from the plastic stems.
Position the leaves between the insert and the mold. Do not use too many leaves
as that will reduce the translucency of the candle.
Melt the wax and pour it into the center of the mold insert. pouring at temperatures
close to 200 degrees F. will reduce the amount of trapped air bubbles.
Use a wooden spoon to tap around the sides of the mold to dislodge any trapped
air bubbles. Use the flat part of the spoon for this - using the edge
may dent the mold.
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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.
This article was first published to the internet in November 2000 and was
updated and re published in January 2006. The author and the publisher accept
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used at your own risk.
Author: Bob Sherman
Publisher: Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc.
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