Tie Dye Type 2 Candle Making Project

By Bob Sherman

I originally published this candle making project in 1998 as "Tie Dye Candle - Part 2", although that is somewhat of a misnomer. This is a second style of tie die candle and not an actual continuation of Tie Dye Candle - part 1 and has a distinctly different look. I have rewritten and modernized it to fit this web site.

Those who remember or have printed out the original article will notice some difference in the materials. One of the main ingredients is no longer available and I had to find a substitute for it. This is Tacky wax - a highly adhesive, highly useful wax that stuck like tar to everything it touched and was thoroughly disgusting to handle. Tacky wax has been replaced by white beeswax in this article.

Note about the mold: Although I normally use metal molds, I dug out one of my old clear acrylic molds to better illustrate this article. This was the cause of great anguish when it came time to demold the candle, as it didn't want to come out. After a half hour of work I finally got it out, although it suffered some bruises, including the loss of the bottom three inches of wick and some dings. I no longer use clear acrylic molds because they are prone to problems when making scented candles.

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.

Wax Formula - Color Wax
Each color used will need a small amount of this mixture - less than 1/2 ounce. Various beeswax differ in their "stickiness" so you may need to adjust this to suit your materials. The exact formula is not critical and can be mixed by eye. If necessary adjust the formula to 75% beeswax or even 100% beeswax.

Wax Formula - Fill Wax
The following formula is for the fill wax. I find these look best if no dye is added. Make enough to fill your mold.

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.

Item Amount Used
Candle Mold A metal mold - most shapes and sizes will work.
140 Melt Point Paraffin Wax Enough to fill the mold plus several ounces.
Candle Dye Flake Dye blocks will also work well. In each color you wish to use.
Wick A size suitable for the candle.
Melting / Pouring Pot For melting the wax.
Thermometer One
Water Bucket To make a water bath.

Step By Step Instructions

1. Prepare your water bath. Place the mold into a bucket and fill the bucket with water to within 1/2 inch of the mold top. Note: you must hold the mold down while doing this step. 2. Prepare the mold by making sure it is clean then wicking it. Do not use mold release.
3. First color. Melt and pour a small amount of the first color into the mold. Rotate and tilt the mold so the wax runs like that shown. 4. Repeat for the second color - this is an inside view such as you would see in a metal mold.
5. Repeat for as many colors as desired. When done add a mold weight to the mold. 6. Fill the mold with undyed wax. A pouring temperature of 185 to 190 degrees F. works well.
7. Observe the wax closely for color blending. Place in the prepared water bath (wear heavy gloves) when the desired appearance is reached to stop the colors from completely blending.On a metal mold this has to be watched from inside the mold. 8. From here it is pretty much the same as any pillar candle. Poke relief holes near the wick.

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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 1998 and updated in November 2006 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.

This article is provided free of charge for use. Candles may be made and sold using this design royalty free, however no portion of this article may be reproduced for publication elsewhere without express permission from Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc. with the following exceptions: