Marble Candle Project

By Bob Sherman

This fun project is simple to make and produces a beautiful candle. They make great gifts or table centerpieces. Any 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.

WAX FORMULA - Note: This project uses pre made ball candles, however a ball mold and the following formula may be used if you prefer to make your own.
1 pound of 140 MP wax
1 level teaspoon of Vybar 103

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1. Heat a pot of clean water. Temperature needs to be approximately 180 degrees F. Do not make the water too hot as this will reduce the quality of the surface finish. 2. Start with the lightest color. Sprinkle in a few tiny particles of dye by scraping them off a block or larger flake. This will take some practice to enable judging just how much to use.
3. The dye will float on the surface of the water. Stir the surface to break up large areas and create a random pattern. 4. it is now ready for the first dip. grasp by the wick and dip candle once. remove from the water immediately. If making more than one, repeat this for each candle.
5. Your candle should now look similar to this. 6. Drag a folded sheet of newspaper across surface to remove any remaining dye. This may need to be repeated several times - use a fresh piece of paper each time.
7. The dye will adhere to the paper so that a clean pot of water will not need to be heated after each color. 8. Repeat step 2 with the second color.
9. Stir. 10. Dipping Second color. Steps 6 through 10 may be repeated for as many colors as desired.
11. Black and orange for halloween (shown above). 12. Blue and violet.
11. Primary colors. 12. Red, white, and blue.


The following may be used to vary the appearance:

  1. Vary the colors.
  2. Vary the amount that the dye is stirred before dipping.
  3. Twirl the candle as you dip to create more of a twist pattern.

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.

Item Amount Used
Ball Candles 1
Dye Blocks  
Thermometer 1
Melting / Pouring Pot 1
Toothpicks. Purchase at a house wares store or a dollar store.
Newspaper Self explanatory
Sharp Knife Used to scrape shavings off of dye blocks.

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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 the 1990's and has been updated and modified in January 2006 and 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.

This article is provided free of charge for use. Candles may be made and sold using this design royalty free, however no portion of this article may be reproduced for publication elsewhere without express permission from Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc. with the following exceptions: