By Bob Sherman
|140 Melt Point Paraffin Wax||Several pounds.|
|Vybar 103||1 level teaspoon per pound of wax.|
|Optional - 1 ounce per pound of wax.|
|Round Mold||One - a 3" x 9" mold was used here.|
|Melting / Pouring Pot||One for each color.|
|Wick||#1 square braid was used here, but you may need a different size depending on your wax formula and candle diameter.|
|Cookie Sheet||A rectangular cookie sheet or baking pan.|
|Star Cookie Cutter||A 5 point star. Metal cookie cutters work best for this.|
|Knife or Pizza Cutter||For making wax chunks.|
|Baking Pan, Wooden Spoon, Measuring Spoons||Purchase at a housewares store or a dollar store.|
|1. Pour a 1/8 inch layer of white wax into a pan. Once the wax starts to firm up use the cookie cutter to make a bunch of stars.||2. While still warm, press some stars against the inside of the mold to give them the correct curvature. Set aside and allow the stars to cool.|
|3. Prepare enough blue wax to fill 1/3 of the mold. Pour it into pans to a depth of approximately 1/4. Allow it top firm up then use a knife or pizza cutter to cut it into chunks.||4. Once fully cooled, the blue chunks can be easily broken up.|
|5. Prepare the mold - mold release, wick, sealer, and wick bar.||6. Place a few flat stars on the mold bottom. Now start positioning stars against the sides use blue chunks to hold them in position. Continue until the mold is approximately 1/3 full.|
|7. Put the remaining blue chunks back in your melting pot and bring them to 200 degrees F. Pour this wax into the center of the mol slowly to avoid splashing the sides. Pour to just above the level of the chunks. Note: Some folks like to pour this step a bit hotter to ensure melting all the chunks. Use extreme caution on this step as it requires melting on direct heat. While this is cooling melt some red and white wax for the stripes.||8. Allow the blue wax to harden until it is firm to the touch, yet still warm (before it separates from the mold). Pouring temperature for the following steps is 180 degrees F. Pour a one inch layer of red wax.|
|9. Allow the red wax to harden until it is firm to the touch, yet still warm. Pour a one inch layer of white wax. Repeat alternating the red and white wax until the mold is filled.||10. After the candle has cooled fully, de mold and level the base. leave the wick long to represent a fuse for display, but trim it to 1/4 inch before burning.|
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 - May 2006. 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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