Embedded Paper Hurricane Shell Candle Project

By Bob Sherman

I originally published this project in December 1998 after seeing a display of beautiful designer papers at a local craft store. Although my camera cannot capture the beautiful glow from within when burning a candle in these, they are quite stunning.

Important - Since paper is flammable, it should never be used in a traditional type candle.
By making these as a shell the candle can be contained in glass within the candle, greatly reducing the potential for fire. Another benefit to making these shell style is that they glow very well from the moment they are lit, unlike a wicked candle which has to burn quite a while before the flame is "inside".

PLEASE NOTE!! - This project requires working with hot wax so all normal candle making safety rules apply. 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
This formula provides optimal hardness and translucency - make enough to fill the mold:

Candle Making Supplies

The following candle making supplies were used to make this project. Clicking on the item name will bring you to that item's page with a full description and ordering information.

Item Amount Used
140 Melt Point Paraffin Wax Enough to fill the mold.
Micro 180 Enough to fill the mold for as many as you want to make.
Round Hurricane Mold To make the hanging loops.
Mold Weights Minimum of two on large molds. A piece of chain may also be used for this.
Decorative Paper Hold it up to the light - the more translucent it is the better the candle will look.
Scissors Must be sharp.
Masking Tape A small Piece.
Water Bath Container A bucket with cool water.
Clothespin Spring type. One needed.
Melting / Pouring Pot For melting the wax.
Thermometer One

Step By Step Instructions

1. Cut a strip of paper approximately 3/8 inch shorter than the height of the mold. 2. Wrap it around the mold to make sure it is long enough. Trim the overlap to approximately 1/2 inch.
3. Wrap it around the inside of the mold. Tape the overlap with a bit of masking tape. Slide it out of the mold and use a scissors to remove the overlap. 4. Place the paper back into the mold. Align the seam and hold it in place with a clothespin.
5. If you don't have a hurricane mold, a large regular candle mold may be used by sealing the wick hole. 6. The wax is poured at 190-195 degrees F. Remove the clothespin and use a wooden dowel or wooden spoon handle to position the paper if needed.
7. Let it sit for several minutes to allow any air trapped by the paper to escape. Use heavy insulated gloves when handling the mold 8. Place in a cool water bath - don't forget your mold weights or it will tip over.

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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 late December 1998 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: