How To Make
Candy Cane Candles
By Bob Sherman
This article was originally published in 1999 and has been rewritten, modernized, and modified for this web site.
This is an interesting technique that creates a solid style hurricane candle. I had a bunch of broken candy canes and used them here but these look equally good with intact candy canes. It may also be applied to making solid hurricanes with other non flammable embeds.
Vital Safety Information - Read First
It is essential to use materials that are non flammable or at very least, that will not support combustion for this technique. Use of flammable materials is a fire hazard and extremely dangerous when burning the candle.
Candy Cane Testing
Some candy canes will support a flame and some will not. To test this light the end of one on fire. If the fire dwindles and goes out it is relatively safe for this. If it continues burning they are unsuitable for this technique and you should consider using them for a hurricane shell style candle. Click here for Hurricane Shell instructions.
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.
Any pillar candle wax formula should work. My preferred formula is:
- 1 pound - 140 Melt Point Paraffin Wax
- 1 teaspoon - Vybar 103
- 1 ounce - Peppermint Scent Oil (optional)
The following candle supplies and materials will be needed:
- 140 Melt Point Paraffin Wax
- Vybar 103
- Round Candle Mold - Size at least 3 inches in diameter.
- Hurricane Mold Insert - Diameter should be 3/4 to 1 inch less than mold diameter.
- Peppermint Scent oil
- Silicone Mold Release Spray - Some folks prefer to use a vegetable based cooking spray.
- Candy Canes - Test for suitability.
A three inch mold with a two inch diameter insert was used here.
The wick is threaded through the top of the insert.
The broken candy canes with plastic wrap removed.
Fill the space between the mold and the insert with candy canes.
Ready for pouring.
Wax is poured at approximately 190 degrees F. through the center of the insert.
By pouring this at hotter than normal temperature it allows time for the trapped air bubbles to dissipate.
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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 originally published to the internet in November 1999 and has been modified and republished in November 2007 and 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
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