How To Make Sand Candles

By Bob Sherman

This article was originally published in June of 1999 and has been rewritten, modernized, and modified for this web site.

Sand on sand candles can be a beautiful addition to your candle repertoire. Although extreme care must be used when making them due to the high wax temperatures involved, they are otherwise of only medium hard difficulty. In this article I created what I call a tide pool candle, but these may also be made with no embeds

SAFETY NOTE! - Candle making can be dangerous if proper safety procedures are not followed. Please read these Safety Rules before attempting any candle making projects. This project requires the use of high temperatures which are extremely unsafe if not done correctly.

Do not continue beyond this point if you do not have a working knowledge of candle making safety and and fire safety.

Wax Formula
My preferred formula is very simple. The same formula was used for both pours, but with different colors. Those familiar with my projects may notice I have doubled the Vybar amount from what I usually use. This will cause most waxes to get a ripple on top which adds to the appearance on these.

The first pour is colored with a bit of cream or beige dye to blend in with the sand. The second pour was colored blue to represent water. Do not add scent to the first pour.

Pouring Temperatures

Candle Making Materials

The following candle making supplies and other materials will be needed:

Sand Candle Project Instructions

Step 1
Place the sand in your container. Wet the sand. Stir well. It is vital not to make it too wet, so add a little water at a time.

Step 2
The sand has the correct moisture content when you can squeeze a clump and it sticks together.

Step 3
For this candle a free form mold cavity was made by hand in the wet sand. Embeds such as driftwood, shells, beach glass, etc... may be added at this point.

NOTE: For safety reasons I no longer recommend using flammable materials such as driftwood on these. Should you decide to ignore my advice and use flammable embeds, make sure they are placed well away from where you plan to place your wick.

Step 4
Position your sea shells. Note how all embeds slightly overhang into the mold cavity.

Step 5
If legs are desired, a finger or dowel may be pressed into the sand to create 3 or 4 holes as shown here.

Step 6
First Pour - The cavity is filled with 300 degree F. wax. It will make a lot of noise and bubbles when the hot wax contacts the water. Beware of splatters and keep your face away from it. Eye protection is a good idea for this step.

NOTE: Use extreme caution when melting and working with wax at high temperatures!

Step 7
Note how the hot wax has soaked into the sand. Allow it to cool until the bottom starts to solidify as shown here, then use a ,metal baster or spoon to remove as much wax as possible. Removing first pour wax will make more room for scented wax from the second pour.


Step 8
Position primed and tabbed wicks in the bottom. The amount and size of the wicks will vary with candle size and shape. Allow it to cool fully before continuing.

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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 June 1999 and updated in February 2008 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.

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