Mud Candle Making Project
By Bob Sherman
has been increased interest in rustic and primitive candle styles lately
so I have dragged this one back to life from my 1998 archives and modernized
it. It is a fairly simple technique and a lot of fun to do. Although these
do have a somewhat muddy look to them, I named them mud candles because
making them is very much like a fond childhood memory of playing in mud.
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
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.
You will also need to know basic candle making skills before
beginning. Basic pillar candle making can be learned in our free Introduction
To Candle Making Course.
This candle uses our basic pillar candle formula. Note that this formula
makes a nice white wax without adding dye, however these look best when
made with dark colors.
- 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 to melt your wax.
- While the wax is melting prepare the mold (wick, seal, etc...). To
make dipping easier leave several extra inches of wick at the bottom.
- 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.
- Fill the mold stopping 1/4 inch from the top.
- Allow the wax to cool until it is firm to the touch, then poke several
relief holes near the wick.
- Allow wax to harden fully.
- Reheat the wax and make your second pour stopping 1/4 inch below the
level of the first pour.
- While the candle is cooling, prepare a dipping vat with the same color
wax. Dipping vats must be placed in a double boiler - direct heat will
ruin them and be a fire hazard.
- Bring the dipping vat to 150 degrees F.
- De mold your pillar candle.
- Tie a loop in the excess wick left from step 2.
- Trim the wick from the candle bottom flush with the base.
- Dip the candle into the vat and hold in place for 30 seconds. This
will help the additional wax to bond. Wax always sticks best to warm
- Put on heavy rubber gloves and start applying wax from the dipping
vat to the candle with your hands.
- Continue applying wax until the you are satisfied with the texture.
- Bring the dipping vat temperature up to 160 degrees F.
- Dipping the candle once or twice in the hot wax will help eliminate
all those cracks and flakes, giving a more uniform appearance. This
can also be done at lower temperatures to add more bumpiness. The dipping
temperature has a big effect on the final appearance so play with various
dipping temps until you find a look you like.
- Level the bottom on a heated pan or electric griddle.
- Trim the wick to 1/4 inch.
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.
||Any style of your choice, however I recommend a metal or seamless
3 inch diameter round.
MP paraffin Wax
||Enough to make as many candles as desired.
||Used at 1 teaspoon per pound of wax.
|In the desired colors.
||Optional - used at 1 ounce per pound of wax.
||For a 3 inch candle I use a #1 square braid wick. If you are using
a different size or different ingredients you may need a different
/ Pouring Pot
||One (if making a short candle, the melting / pouring pot will suffice)
||You will need a pair of heavy rubber gloves for this technique.
Not the kind of gloves used for dish washing. Visit a hardware store,
lumber yard, or sporting goods store (sold for ice fishing). Do not
use neoprene gloves as this will ruin them.
||For making double boilers. One per color. Find at garage sales or
|Wooden Spoon, Measuring Spoons.
||Purchase at a house wares store or a dollar store.
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 - January 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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