Guest Author - Benito Lugo
How to make a double-molded candle
Making a candle inside a shell of wax, containing embedded objects can add a unique touch to a candle. Using a lighter colored pillar candle for the interior part of this double-molded candle will help light up the outer shell as the candle burns down. You can also hand paint the pillar candle before starting this project. Always use approved candle paints. This will give it a very different appearance than your other candles. Adding embedded objects to the shell will show through quite nicely as the candle burns.
This candle making project is a little different from what we usually create and will let you add your own creative touch. Feel free to add differing embeds with each candle.
Letís get started with gathering your candle making supplies. I'll assume that you will make the pillar candle that will be used. Actually, I know you will. See the article covering, "Pillar candles."
Hereís what youíll need to get started:
Mold blend paraffin wax
Dried flowers, berries, leaves or other botanicals
Metal pouring pot
Large round mold
Prepare your work space and gather all materials.
Melt your wax in the double boiler according to wax guidelines until it reaches 165-185 degrees Fahrenheit. While wax is melting prepare your mold. Always keep an eye on your melting wax, following all safety precautions.
Coat inside of mold lightly with mold release. Use mold sealer to keep wax from leaking out as it is poured.
Once wax is completely melted, add wax dye. Follow manufacturers recommendations depending on whether you use liquid, chips or granulated dye.
If your scenting your wax add the scents. You may use scents that compliment the embedded botanicals you decide to use.
The next step is to make your candle mold. This is the external portion of your double-molded candle.
Pour your melted wax into your candle mold until it is around 9/10 full. Let wax set for 5 minutes, at which time a thin film should appear on the surface. Taking your hobby knife and cut Ĺ inch in from edge around the top of the mold. Pull the wax off and place back in your double boiler. As soon as you can, pour liquid wax from mold into double boiler, this will leave a thin layer of wax clinging to the inside of your mold. Clean off the molds rim with paper towels from your pouring out the excess wax.
Now you are ready to press into place gently any embeds, such as flowers, leaves or anything you have chosen. This must be done quickly while wax is still soft enough. Be sure not to press to hard and penetrate through the wax.
Now, place you pillar candle into center of mold. Feel free to add any leftover embeds into mold around pillar.
Check your wax temperature and make sure it is at appropriate temperature. (165-185 degrees Fahrenheit)
Pour from pouring pot, wax into mold until it is 9/10 full. Allow wax to cool but not set. Keep remaining wax in your clean soup can for re-pour, to top off the candle as wax settles.
Use the wooden dowel to press down any loose embeds that might float to top or move out of place. Due to shrinkage, re-pours may be necessary to fill any holes. Allow your candles to cool and set. When ready remove your new candle from mold. The mold release should make this relatively easy. If not, place in freezer for a few minutes to help it along.