Cutout Window Candle Making Project

By Bob Sherman

I originally published this project in 1998 and have rewritten and modernized it to fit this site. I named these candles for the windows cut in them. This project makes use of several techniques, the most important of which is overdipping for color. It is a fairly easy use of overdipping and a good way take overdipping to the next level. Two layers of color were over dipped here, but if you are new to candle dipping I suggest starting with a single color overdip.

Since this project is about making the cutouts it does not repeat basic dipping instructions. Please refer to the basic over dipping instructions before beginning if you are not experienced with overdipping candles.

Most of the candle making supplies needed can be ordered directly from this page for your convenience.

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Core Candle
This may be a purchased candle or you can make it yourself. The following formula works well for this.

This is my preferred color dipping formula. I do not recommend adding scent because it may cause adhesion problems

Candle Making Supplies

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 and ordering information.

Item Amount Used
Core Candles These can be purchased or made.
140 Melt Point Paraffin Wax Enough to fill your dipping vat and to make core candles.
Vybar 103 1 level teaspoon per pound of wax in core candle if making them yourself.

Scent Oil

Optional. 1 ounce per pound of wax if making your own core candles.
Mold Your choice, but flat sided molds are the easiest to cut out. Avoid rounded molds under 3 inches in diameter.
Melting / Pouring Pot One.
Thermometer One
Dyes If you make the core candle it can be dyed if desired. Do not use pigment in the core candle.
Wick Sized to fit your mold and wax formula.
Dipping Vat One per color. Diameter should be large enough to accommodate your core candle with room to spare.
Pigment To color the overdip wax. Approximately 3/4 ounce of pigment per pound.
Hobby Knife A sharp, pointy blade is needed. From a hobby or craft store.
Cookie Cutter Small shapes work best. Metal cookie cutters cut cleaner than plastic.
Baking Pan, Wooden Spoon, Measuring Spoons Purchase at a housewares store or a dollar store.

Step By Step Instructions

1. Immediately after dipping the candle, start making the cutouts. The cookie cutter must always be pressed straight in to the wax. 2. If using a round candle, press straight in then rock the cookie cutter from side to side to complete the cut. Repeat for each window desired.
3. Some of the cutouts will come out with the cookie cutter. Those that remain should be carefully removed with a toothpick or small knife blade. Insert it under the edge and carefully peel away the cutout. 4. Save the removed shapes to use as appliques on another project or re melt them for dipping.
5. To help the candle burn better it is necessary to remove the pigmented wax from the wick area. Using the cookie cutter for this makes it more decorative 6. Both dipped layers were removed in the wick area.
7. The finished window candle.  

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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 April 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.

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