Free Layered Candle Project
By Bob Sherman
This technique provides yet another means to vary the appearance of your basic candles. Although it is a fairly simple concept, the timing between pours will take a bit of practice to perfect. Those who wish to re melt the practice candles should stick with one color and white wax for ease of re melting until you master this technique.
Most of the items you may need can be ordered directly from this page for your convenience. The Materials list is at the bottom of the page.
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.
This candle uses our basic pillar candle formula. Note that this formula makes a nice white wax without adding dye.
- 1 pound of 140 melt point paraffin wax
- 1 level teaspoon of Vybar 103
- 1 ounce (2 Tablespoons) of scent oil - optional
- Dye as needed
- Prepare a double boiler set up for each color you plan to use. I suggest starting with 2 colors only.
- While the wax is melting prepare the mold (wick, seal, etc...).
- Heat wax to approximately 185 degrees F.
- Add dye and test color.
- Add scent oil if desired and stir well.
- Allow to settle for one minute.
- Pour some wax into the mold to the desired depth of the top layer.
- Critical Step! - Allow the wax to cool until it is firm to the touch, yet the mold is still warm. This is the part that takes some practice. If you pour too soon the colors will run together. If you pour too late the wax will run between the previous pour and the mold.
- Pour a layer of the next color. This can be any thickness desired
- Repeat steps 8 and 9 until the wax is 1/4 inch from the top of the mold.
- Allow to cool fully.
- Remove from the mold.
- Level the base on a heated pan or griddle.
- Trim the wick.
Troubleshooting Layered Candles
|Problem||Cause / Cure|
|Tiny bubbles and lines on one or more layers||This occurs when a layer is poured at too low a temperature.|
|Layers Separating||This occurs when a layer is poured at too low a temperature or if the previous layer has cooled too much.|
|Candle stuck in mold||This occurs when the previous layer has cooled to the point of separating from the mold allowing the next pour to run between the previous pour and the mold.|
|Unsightly blobs of wax on candle surface||This occurs when the previous layer has cooled to the point of separating from the mold allowing the next pour to run between the previous pour and the mold.|
|These are the common problems specific to layered candles. For other problems please refer to my general Candle Troubleshooting Guide.|
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.
|Mold||Any style of your choice, however I recommend something small until you master this technique - such as a metal or seamless 3 inch diameter round.|
|140 MP paraffin Wax||Enough to make as many candles as desired.|
|Vybar 103||Used at 1 teaspoon per pound of wax.|
|In the desired colors.|
|Scent Oil||Optional - used at 1 ounce per pound of wax.|
|Wick||For a 3 inch candle I use a #1 square braid wick. If you are using a different size you may need a different wick.|
|Melting / Pouring Pot||One for each color you plan to use.|
|Old Pots||For making double boilers. One per color. Find at garage sales or thrift shops.|
|Wooden Spoon, Measuring Spoons.||Purchase at a house wares store or a dollar store.|
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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 writingand 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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