Even if you’re a beginner at candle making you can create some real masterpieces just by using ordinary techniques. Candle making used to require lessons because there was so much involved in learning, but now, all you have to do is heat the wax up in the microwave and pour it in a mold. That’s it! The types of molds you use, however, can help you create a huge assortment of candles from the unusual to the beautiful.
Use a quart or half-gallon milk carton to make an ice candle that’s as unique as it is beautiful. Roll the end of a wick around a pencil and set the pencil across the top of the carton. It’s best to attach a wick weight to it so that it stays at the bottom. Take cubes of ice and fill the clean carton with them. The ideal ice pieces would be nice size chunks but not quite as large as cubes from an ice tray. Cram as many of the ice pieces into the carton as possible. After heating, coloring and scenting the wax pour it over the ice. Allow the wax to completely set up. Turn the carton upside-down and pour out any water. Now peel the carton away to reveal the candle. As you peel the carton more water might pour out so peel it over the sink. As the ice melts it creates air pockets inside the wax so that after you peel away the carton you have a block candle full of holes. It’s a gorgeous candle that will have others doing a double-take.
Purchase colored sand from a craft store, or use sand you’ve gotten at the beach, to make sand candles in a bowl. You can stir glitter into the sand to give it more appeal. Fill a bowl about halfway full of the sand. Pat the sand up around the sides of the bowl. Make sure the bottom and the sides are completely covered with sand. Roll the end of a wick around an object, like a pencil for a small candle or even a piece of plastic tubing for a larger candle. If it’s a really large candle you might want to place two or more wicks in the candle. Weight the wick and set the weight in the sand, in the bottom center of the bowl. Heat and pour the wax into the sand making sure you stop pouring just below the top line of the sand. After the wax has hardened pull the candle out by the wick. Lightly brush off any excess sand and your candle is finished! If you want, though, you can spray on a coat of clear lacquer to keep the sand in place and give the candle a shine.
Cardboard tubes, like empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls, make great molds for candles. Tape the bottom well with masking tape. Weight and position the wick. Pour the wax into the tube and allow to set. Peel away the cardboard to reveal the finished candle. Thick cardboard boxes can be used in the same manner. Use tuna cans, soup cans and similar metal containers as molds for other candles. Spray the can with non-stick cooking spray to make it easy to Weight and position the wick, melt the wax, then pour it into the can.
Make your own fake beeswax sheets by starting with bubble wrap. Cut a sheet of small-bubble wrap and lay it, bubbles-up, on a cookie sheet. Pour the wax directly over the bubble wrap and allow it to cool slightly. When it’s warm, but no longer hot, remove the sheet and turn it upside-down. Pull the bubble wrap off and discard. These sheets can be cut to smaller sizes with a craft knife. To make candles from these simply wrap one or more sheets around a wick. To make birthday candles, cut short wicks, then wrap the wick only once. To make pillar candles wrap another and another sheet around the wick until the candle is the size you want it to be. The sheets should be slightly warm when you use them for best results. If they’re cold, lay them on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper and warm in the oven.
Candle making supplies can be somewhat expensive but there are some substitutions you can use. Instead of molds use things you have around your house. Rather than purchasing coloring for the candles melt crayons in the wax to create various shades. Scents can be made from perfumes but take it easy on these since a little goes a long way. Candles can be embellished by gluing on fake jewels, rick-rack, cording or by drawing on them with paint markers and stencils. Be aware that any materials used to decorate the candles should be removed before burning the candle.
Candle making is so much fun and allows you to create nice things for your home or impressive gifts for others. You don’t have to invest a lot of money in making candles; use things you have around the house or shop dollar-theme stores for other supplies. You’ll spend years making assorted, impressive candles and having fun at the same time!