Making sand mold candles
Gather these materials:
Large rectangular pan (a high-sided aluminum or glass roasting pan works well)
1 pound paraffin
1/3 pound beeswax
Rounded bowl to form a candle impression in sand
Sea shells, herbs, dry flower petals
1. Pour damp sand into large roasting pan. Use a rounded bowl to form a candle impression in the sand, and insert a piece of wick vertically in the impression
2. Melt paraffin and beeswax combined in a double boiler. Never leave melting wax unattended. Always use caution when melting wax. Make sure children have adult supervision if they are to make the candles. Check the wax temperature with a candy thermometer, making sure it does not exceed 180 degrees.
3. Add your chosen candle scent to the wax just before your pour.
4. Take care to pour 1" or 2" of melted wax into the round impression you’ve made in the sand. Add seashells, dried flower petals or herbs herbs, to the wax for a decorative look
5. Let the wax cool until completely hardened, which can take 30 minutes to a couple of hours. When the wax has fully hardened, pull the candle out of the sand by the wick and brush off any loose or excess sand. Trim your wick to about 3/8" before lighting.
Place your new sand mold candle on a flat, stable surface and light.
After awhile you may decide to experiment and use other odd shaped objects to make and impression in the sand. I have even used my hands to make my own unique sand mold impression.
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