Drilled Cutout
Candle Making Project

By Bob Sherman

I originally published this project in 1998 and have rewritten and modernized it to fit this site. This technique uses a power drill to cut out windows which are then filled with a contrasting wax. This style also draws heavily on basic hurricane shell candle techniques.

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The same formula is used for both colors. The following formula works well for this.

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Step By Step Instructions

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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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 Originally published in 1998 and updated in September 2006 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

Publisher: Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc.

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