Moon / Asteroid Candle Project

By Bob Sherman

This is a surface technique so it may be done with purchased ball candles, however it looks best when a brown or grey candle is used. Other colors will also work, but will not resemble the moon. If you are purchasing the candles this makes a great family or group project since no heat is required. This technique is suitable for anyone you trust with a hammer.

Many 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!! - Please read these Safety Rules before attempting any candle making projects.

Wax Formula
If you are making your own candles, this project uses our basic pillar candle formula.

Instructions

  1. Make or buy a ball candle.
  2. Use the ball end of a ball peen hammer to randomly hit the candle while holding it in your other hand.
  3. If you prefer, a thick cushion of towels may be used to support the candle while striking it with the hammer.
  4. Vary the strength of the hits to create varying size craters.
  5. Overlap some hits for a realistic appearance.
  6. Optional - use your finger to gently apply a bit of Rub n Buff to highlight the raised areas.

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
Grey or Brown Ball Candles Self explanatory
Ball Peen Hammer These are commonly used by metalworkers, but should be available any place tools are sold. The head is flat on one side and rounded on the other.
Rub n Buff Optional - Used to highlight the raised areas.
Use the following list if you plan to make your own candles
Mold Ball Mold at least 3 inch diameter.
140 MP paraffin Wax Enough to make as many candles as desired.
Vybar 103 Used at 1 teaspoon per pound of wax.
Dye Blocks
or
Dye Flakes
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
Thermometer One
Rub n Buff Optional - Used to highlight the raised areas.
Ball Peen Hammer These are commonly used by metalworkers, but should be available any place tools are sold. The head is flat on one side and rounded on the other.
Old Pot For making double boilers. 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 writing Originally published in 2000 and updated in January 2006 and July 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: