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How To Make
By Bob Sherman
This article was originally published in June of 1999 and has been rewritten,
modernized, and modified for this web site.
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
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.
This article assumes basic candle making skills. If you are new to candle
making, my Introduction To Candle
Making Course is free and will show you all the basics for working with
My preferred formula is very simple. The same formula was sued 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.
- 1 Pound 140 Melt Point Paraffin Wax
- 2 teaspoons of Vybar 103
- 1 Ounce of Scent OIl - Optional and used in second pour only
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.
- First Pour - The first pour needs to be made at a very hot temperature
to soak into the sand. I usually make this pour at approximately 300 degrees
F. Under no circumstances allow your wax to get higher than 325 degrees
F. to allow a safety margin. Heating wax beyond that brings it dangerously
close to it's flash point and is an extreme fire hazard.
- Second Pour - The second pour is made at normal candle making temperatures
(175 - 185 degrees F.) and may be melted using a double boiler. If desired,
the second pour may be scented.
Candle Making Materials
The following candle making supplies and other materials will be needed:
Sand Candle Project Instructions
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.
The sand has the correct moisture content when you can squeeze a
clump and it sticks together.
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.
Position your sea shells. Note how all embeds slightly overhang into the mold
If legs are desired, a finger or dowel may be pressed into the sand
to create 3 or 4 holes as shown here.
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!
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 o\pour wax will make more
room for scented wax from the second pour.
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
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Author: Bob Sherman
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