Stippled Candle Project
By Bob Sherman
is another article revived from my 1998 archives due to increased interest
in rustic and primitive candle styles lately. It has been modernized and
rewritten to match its new home at One Stop Candle. This is a very simple,
fun technique that provides a heavily textured candle. This technique
provides a texture reminiscent of terry cloth.
Most of the items you may need can be ordered directly from
this page for your convenience. The Materials list is at the bottom of
PLEASE NOTE!! - Candle making can be dangerous if proper
safety procedures are not followed. Please read these Safety
Rules before attempting any candle making projects.
You will also need to know basic candle making skills before
beginning. Basic pillar candle making can be learned in our free Introduction
To Candle Making Course.
This candle uses our basic pillar candle formula. Note that this formula
makes a nice white wax without adding dye, however these look best when
made with dark colors.
- 1 pound of 140 melt point paraffin wax
- 1 level teaspoon of Vybar 103
- 1 ounce (2 Tablespoons) of scent oil - optional
- Dye as needed
- This technique uses a basic pillar candle so prepare a pillar candle
of your choice. If you are new to candle making, my free Introduction
To Candle Making Course will explain in detail how to make pillar
- Once you have your pillar candle, melt some wax in the same color.
Note that this technique tends to wash out the color, so start with
a darker shade than you actually want. To illustrate this note that
the wax used in the photo above was fire engine red.
- Bring the wax to at least 150 degrees F. Some folks find this easier
to do with hotter wax, so find a temperature you are happy with.
- Dip the brush in your melted wax and apply it to the candle using
a stippling motion - tapping the candle with the tips of the bristles.
Do not use a brushing motion, only the tips of the bristles should contact
the candle, it is an in / out motion not side to side.
- Dip the brush after every couple dabs to keep applying wax.
- Continue applying wax until the you are satisfied with the texture
and the candle is covered with texture.
Candle Making Supplies And Materials
The following candle making supplies and other materials
were used to make this candle. Clicking on the item name will bring you
to that item's page with a full description.
||Any style of your choice, however I recommend a metal or seamless
3 inch diameter round.
MP paraffin Wax
||Enough to make as many candles as desired.
||Used at 1 teaspoon per pound of wax.
|In the desired colors.
||Optional - used at 1 ounce per pound of wax.
||For a 3 inch candle I use a #1 square braid wick. If you are using
a different size or different ingredients you may need a different
/ Pouring Pot
||A round brush over 1 inch in diameter seems to work best. Note that
it should have natural hair or nylon since synthetic bristles may
melt from the hot wax. Brushes known as parts washer brushes work
||For making double boilers. One per color. Find at garage sales or
|Wooden Spoon, Measuring Spoons.
||Purchase at a house wares store or a dollar store.
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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