By Bob Sherman
|140 Melt Point Paraffin Wax||Enough to fill your mold twice (once per color).|
|Vybar 103||1 level teaspoon per pound of wax.|
|Optional. 1 ounce per pound of wax.|
|Mold||Your choice, but 3 inch round molds work very well for this.|
|Melting / Pouring Pot||One for each color.|
|Dyes||This looks best when made in contrasting colors.|
|Wick||Sized to fit your mold and wax formula.|
|Drill Press||A drill press works best, although if you are careful a variable speed hand power drill may be used.|
|Drill Bits||Fostner type drill bits work best and make the cleanest holes. This are more expensive than standard drill bits, but well worth it.|
|1. Prepare the mold by plugging the wick hole. I prefer to use rubber plugs for this as it leaves a mark where the wick hole is to be drilled.||2. Fill the mold - pouring temperature of 185 - 190 degrees F. Allow to cool until a wall thickness of approximately 3/8 inch is obtained. This may be done in a water bath to speed the process.|
|3. To check the wall thickness, cut through the surface film with a knife.||4. Once the desired wall thickness is reached, cut and remove the surface film. This may be placed back in the melting pot for reuse.|
|5. Immediately pour out the molten wax.||6. Allow the mold to harden fully. A water bath may be used to speed this process.|
|7. Once fully hardened, the wax can be removed from the mold.||8. Drill a small hole in the top center to accommodate the wick. If you used a rubber plug in step one there will be a mark at the precise spot. If you did not use a rubber plug, place the candle back in the mold and mark the wick hole position with a small nail or other pointy object.|
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Author: Bob Sherman
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