Candle Making Project
By Bob Sherman
originally published this candle making project in 1998 as "Spiral Stripe
Candle". I have rewritten and modernized it to fit this web site.
This fun project is great for Christmas as it is reminiscent of a candy cane.
By changing the colors and / or pattern you could adapt this method to other
holidays or even year round use.
This is primarily a surface technique meaning that you do not need to make
the core candle yourself if you prefer to buy candles already made. Accordingly,
only the surface technique will be described here - if you wish to make the
core candle but lack the knowledge to do so take my free Introduction
To Candle Making Online Course which teaches pillar candle making in great
These look best when dipped as few times as possible so I highly recommend
using a high percentage of pigment for the dipping wax. A pigment level between
5% and 10% is about right. Use of dye is not desirable for these as it will
require many dips to attain the necessary color depth.
PLEASE NOTE!! - This technique requires dipping in 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.
Wax Formula - Core Candle
For those wishing to make their own core candles I recommend the
following formula, but any pillar candle formula you like should work. The
vybar will make this opaque white so no dye is needed.
- 1 pound of 140 MP wax
- 1 level teaspoon of Vybar 103
- 1 ounce of peppermint scent oil
Wax Formula - Dipping Wax
The following formula is given per pound. Make enough to fill your
dipping vat to several inches deeper than the candle height. Note that pigment
is particles of color suspended in wax and these will settle to the bottom.
Stir frequently when dipping.
- 1 pound of 140 MP wax
- Red pigment - minimum of 3/4 ounce per pound of wax, more is better
Make or buy some core candles. If you make these yourself leave enough wick
to tie a loop at the top of the candle. Place the dipping vat in a larger
pot containing several inches of water (making it a double boiler) - never
place dipping vats on direct heat as this is a fire hazard and will destroy
the vat. Use another double boiler to melt the wax for the dipping vat.
Bring your dipping wax to 155 degrees F.
- Stir the dipping wax
- Grasp the candle by the wick loop if you made it yourself, or use pliers
to hold the wick on store bought candles.
- Dip the candle in the wax in one smooth in and out motion.
- Dip the candle in and out of your water bath.
- If necessary repeat steps 2 and 3.
- If sufficient coverage is not attained within 2 dips, add more pigment
to the dipping wax.
Candle Making Supplies
The following candle making supplies were used to make this candle. Clicking
on the item name will bring you to that item's page with a full description
and ordering information.
Melt Point Paraffin Wax
||Enough to fill the dipping vat to a depth several inches deeper than
your candle height.
||Minimum of 3/4 ounce per pound of wax is recommended.
||A size suitable for the candles you are dipping.
/ Pouring Pot
||For melting the wax.
||To grip the wick when dipping.
||To make double boilers.
||To mask the stripes.
|Water Bath Container
||A bucket filled with water or a second dipping vat.
Step By Step Instructions
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
- October 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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