Guest Author - Benito Lugo
The Snowflake candle may have been discovered by mistake, but has become increasingly popular. The mottled appearance adds a unique touch to the look of the candle.
Creating a mottled looking candle with white blotches and spots is easy using mottling or snowflake oil that you may purchase at a hobby store or from your online candle making supplier.
Mottling oil lets you create a sub-surface "snowflake" effect in your homemade candles. The number of snowflakes will vary depending on the amount of oil in the wax and the amount added, but use approximately 2 1/2 tablespoons for every 1 lb of wax. It will add a unique appearing candle. The process is just as easy as making a standard homemade candle and just requires one additional additive. Adding Snowflake or mottling oil to the rest of your candle making ingredients can give you that rustic appearance to add a new change of pace to your candle making projects. It will allow you to get your creative juices flowing. This technique can be used in container candles and molded candles.
First, begin by preparing your candle making space as usual.
Metal Pouring Pot
Mold release, if necessary
Mold seal, if necessary
Mold-blend Paraffin wax
Melt wax in a double boiler until it reaches 194-198 degrees. While wax is melting move on to your wick and mold preparations.
Cut, size and prepare your wick.
Prepare your mold. If using a mold that requires mold release, lightly apply inside of mold.
Place and center your wick.
Add snowflake oil to your wax and mix well.
Choose your dye type and color. Add to your wax.
If using scent, add and mix well.
Pour wax into mold and keep remaining wax ready for any re-pour.
Let cool and remove your new candle from mold if making a molded candle.
Once your comfortable with your ability to make candles, try using different colored dyes and the amount used.