How To Make Vertically Layered Candles

By Bob Sherman

This article was originally published in January of 2000 and has been rewritten, modernized, and modified for this web site.

This is more of a technique than a project. Please note that the candle demonstrated here was done to illustrate the technique, and appears to be an ordinary candle when viewed from the top or sides (bottom shown here).

There are a variety of potential uses for this technique. One of my favorites is to place one color layer, then fill with uncolored wax - this allows it to glow from within when burning. Another use is to make the concentric rings in a large open top mold (such as a large floating candle). i.e. I would not normally make so many rings on this style of mold.

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.

Candle Making Materials

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

Vertical Layer Candle Project Instructions

Step 1
Choose a mold. Although most sizes will work with this technique, it is best suited to molds 3 inches or larger in diameter. Avoid using this technique on flexible molds such as rubber.


Step 2
Prepare the mold normally - i.e. mold release, wick, etc...


Step 3
Prepare your first pour and bring to pouring temperature.


Step 4
Fill the mold.


Step 5
Allow a thin shell to form, then pour out the liquid wax from the mold. Allow it to cool before continuing.


Step 6
Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the next layer.


Step 7
Continue repeating steps 4 and 5 for each layer desired.


Step 8
Often the surface will be filmed over when it comes time to pour it out. Just cut film out.



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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 January 2000 and updated in March 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.

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: