Passionate about Candles

How to make the basic candle:

We will need:

  • paraffin (remains of candles can be used)
  • dishes for melting wax: a small pot for the paraffin and the larger pot with hot water
  • wick (cotton string immersed in liquid paraffin)
  • flat piece of metal to install the wicks or different metal weights,
  • stick to support the wick
  • mould (metal, plastic or glass)
  • additions (dye, aromatic oil)
  1. We put the smaller pot with slices of paraffin into the pot with water. We slowly heat this on the cooker, mixing up every now and then in order not to lead to local overheating. We heat until the paraffin dissolves.

    !!! We NEVER leave paraffin unsupervised !!!

  2. We fix the wick to the metal disc (flat pieces of metal) and we tie the second end to the stick. We put the stick horizontally on the mould so that the wick hangs centrally in the mould and the disc is based in the middle of the bottom of the mould.

  3. When paraffin turns to liquid, we can add dyes and essential oils to it.

  4. We pour mixed elements into the mould so that the wick doesn't move.

  5. We wait until the paraffin solidifies (between 30 minutes and 24 hours, depending on the size of the candle).

  6. Pulling the wick, we take the finished candle out.

    !!! We NEVER leave burning candles unsupervised !!!

Ideas for different kinds of candles

  1. Candle in glass (the simplest candle)

    We place the wick centrally in the decorative glass dish and we fill it with molten paraffin.

  2. Dipped candle (for patient people)

    The length of the candle depends on the depth of the container in which we drown the paraffin. We plunge the wick into the dish with paraffin and take it out. We let the paraffin on the wick cool and we immerse it again. We repeat this activity many times until we are satisfied with the thicknesses of the candle. We will get the appropriate stretching in the wick by attaching it to a metal screw, for example.

  3. Rolled candle (for precise people)

    We pour a thin layer of molten paraffin (3-5 mm) into the flat, rectangular dish. After hardening we take warm and soft paraffin out of the container. On one end of the rectangle we put the wick and roll up the edge so that it exactly adjoins the wick. We roll evenly so that our paraffin rectangle doesn't crack.

  4. Candle with additions

    Additions: coffee, dried fruits and plants, grains of different kind, objects.
    We use a mould taller and slightly wider than the candle so that the necessary space is left for the additions. We place the additions between the mould and the candle and it is good to place a small quantity of molten paraffin at the bottom of the mould (below the additions) and a larger quantuty above the additions.

  5. Eiderdown candle

    We mix the molten paraffin with the mixer or drill (it is also possible to mix by hand). The paraffin should be already partly chilled. We plunge the candle for a moment into the mixed paraffin. The candle now gets its eiderdown appearance.

  6. Scraped candle

    We scratch the walls of the colour candle with vertical moves using a wire brush. Depending on the pressure, we will receive more delicate or deeper furrows. We can scratch only a part of the candle, depending on our ideas.

  7. Mosaic candle

    We prepare paraffin rubble (colourful or white), slashing the remnant of candles or cutting the bone from the paraffin sheet prepared by us. We put our rubble with the installed wick into the prepared mould, making sure that the wick doesn't move and is well tightened. We fill with hot paraffin so that it reaches into all places and fills in the gaps in the candle.

  8. Crayon candle

    We put cut-up wax crayons into the dish with boiling water. After a while, the coloured pencils should come to the surface in liquid state and create 'eyes'. We immerse our candle so that the 'crayon eyes' settle on it.

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