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Embedded Paper Hurricane Shell
By Bob Sherman
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
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.
This article assumes basic candle making skills. If you are new to candle
making, my Introduction To Candle
Making Online Course is free and will show you all the basics for working
with wax safely.
This formula provides optimal hardness and translucency - make enough
to fill the mold:
- 1 pound of 140 melt point paraffin wax
- 1 ounce Micro 180
- Scent - not recommended
- Color - not recommended
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Melt Point Paraffin Wax
||Enough to fill the mold.
||Enough to fill the mold for as many as you want to make.
||To make the hanging loops.
||Minimum of two on large molds.
||Hold it up to the light - the more translucent it is the better the
candle will look.
||Must be sharp.
||A small Piece.
|Water Bath Container
||A bucket with cool water.
||Spring type. One needed.
/ Pouring Pot
||For melting the wax.
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
||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
- 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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