Easter Applique Candle Project
By Bob Sherman
This fun candle is simple to make and many variations are possible using inexpensive chocolate molds. Add a festive touch to your holiday decor and is fun to make. Although this article was written for Easter, the same idea may be adapted for any occasion by selecting a suitable chocolate mold.
Note; This article was written using a product called tacky wax which is no longer available. I have left it online for those who wish to use the idea, but you will need to experiment with alternate methods for attaching the wax appliques.
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. A double boiler set up must be used for all wax melting.
The basic formula is given below. The amount needed will vary with the size of your mug.
- 1 pound of 140 MP wax
- 1 level teaspoon of Vybar 103
- Dye to suit
- 1 ounce of scent oil (optional - generally only used in the candle, not the appliques)
Candle Making Supplies And Materials
The following candle making supplies and other materials 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.
- Dye Block or Dye Flake - Your choice of pink, lavender, light green, and yellow are all suitable for Easter decor. Chocolate bunny variant looks good in brown.
- 140 Melt Point Wax - Approximately 1 1/2 pounds (24 ounces) per Candle.
- Vybar 103 - 1 level teaspoon per pound of wax.
- Any Scent Oil you prefer - Optional - recommended usage 1 ounce per pound of wax.
- #1 Square Braid Wick - If using a different size mold or different wax formula you may need a different wick.
- Melting / Pouring Pot - One.
- Thermometer - One.
- 3" Square x 4 1/2" High Mold - Square molds are easiest to use with this technique, although you may prefer a different size.
- Easter Chocolate Molds - Used to make appliques. Any design less than 3" will work. (this links to our sister site - chocomolds.com).
- Tacky Wax - Note, this product has been discontinued by the manufacturer and we have not been able to find a replacement. An alternative method of attaching the appliques will need to be used.
- Mold Release - I prefer silicone spray for this.
- Floating Candle Mold - Used to test color.
- Baking Pan, Wooden Spoon, Measuring Spoons - Purchase at a house wares store or a dollar store.
Step By Step Instructions
|1. Put 1 1/4 pounds of wax along with 1 1/4 level teaspoons of Vybar 103 in your pouring / melting pot and place it in a slightly larger pot containing a couple inches of water to create a double boiler setup. For safety - NEVER MELT WAX DIRECTLY ON A HEAT SOURCE.||2. While the wax is melting, prepare the mold. Inspect for dirt inside, then apply mold release. Wick and seal the mold.|
|3. Once the wax is fully melted, color is added. Go lightly on the dye as pastel colors are more suitable for Easter. Note: The Vybar will make this candle a nice white color if you prefer a white base candle. Test the color by scooping a bit of wax into a floating candle mold and placing in a freezer for 5 minutes. Add more dye if needed, and repeat color test.||4. For most metal molds we use a pouring temperature of 180 - 190 degrees F. Once the wax is at the desired color and temperature, we can add the scent. Stir thoroughly, then allow it to sit for 1 minute. This will allow any dust or contaminants to settle to the bottom of the pot.|
|5. Pour the wax into the mold, stopping 1/4 inch (7 mm.) from the top. avoid pouring to the very top as this makes it more difficult to remove from the mold. Set aside the leftover wax for step 7.||6. Allow the candle to cool until a thick film has formed on top. Use the handle of your wooden spoon to poke several holes near the wick. it may be necessary to repeat this every 15 minutes or so until the holes remain open.|
|7. Once the candle has fully hardened, reheat the wax leftover from step 5. Make a second pour stopping 1/4 inch (7 mm.) below the level of the first pour. NOTE: Overflowing the first pour will result in difficult mold removal and may also blemish the finished candle.||8. Once fully hardened, remove the candle from the mold.|
|9. At this stage, the bottom of the candle is very rough and will need to be leveled. Trim the bottom wick slightly below the wax surface using a sharp wire cutter.||10. Heat up a baking pan by placing it atop your pot of boiling water. This provides a hot surface to melt the candle base level on as shown.|
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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 January 2006 and updated in 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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