Thursday, December 21, 2017
Tutorial: Hand dipped candles
Now, I'm using paraffin rather than bees wax or bayberry, and raided my husband's work shop for nuts/washers for weights, but the idea of a gradual build up of wax over repeated dips is the same. Here's what I did:
paraffin wax (No, I didn't measure, I eyeballed it)
added color and scent if you want it. Refer to the box for amounts
(I found supplies at Michaels. Check your local craft store.)
a container to hold melted wax
a pot of water
a wide stick to hang the wicks over (I used slats from blinds)
chairs or something to support the sticks
scissors to cut the wick
hammer & chisel or screwdriver to break the wax into chunks for melting
disposable chopstick or something of the sort to poke at the melting wax if you are impatient
Once you have several layers of wax on, you can straighten out your candles as you need to. Keep on dipping. This process took me several hours. As the amount of wax in your dipping pot goes down, occasionally add more chunks of the unmelted wax, and let them melt down before continuing. I also added more color as I went along, so the outside of the candles would be gradually more colored than the insides.
I did find it was easier to get the weights out of their wax coating while the wax was still pliable.
And voila! Candles!