Tie Dye Type 2
Candle Making Project
By Bob Sherman
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 Tacky wax has been replaced by white beeswax in this
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.
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 - 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.
- 50% of 140 MP paraffin wax
- 50% white beeswax
- Dye - to a very deep color
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.
- 1 pound of 140 MP wax
- 1 level teaspoon of Vybar 103
- 1 ounce of scent oil
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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
||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.
Continued on Page
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
- November 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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