Wednesday, June 6, 2012

How to Make a Container Candle

How to make what I make : Container Candle

I love pouring candles into glass containers. They may be more decorative than a jar candle and they can be quite unique. Choose a container that can withstand the heat of melted wax.

You will need:
  • Metal pouring pot and double boiler
  • wick sticker (optional)
  • zinc core wire wick (may be pre-tabbed)
  • wooden spoon
  • paraffin wax
  • a glass container
  • candle thermometer
  • candle fragrance oil
  • candle dye chip(small diamond)

1. Prepare the glass container ~ If using a pre-tabbed wick, you can use a wick sticker to stick the wick in the center of the container. You may wish to tie the wick to a pencil and balance the pencil on the rim of the container to keep the wick centered. Or you can add the wick later if it is not pre-tabbed.

2. Melt wax ~ I use one pound of granulated paraffin wax blend. Use the thermometer and heat wax in the pouring pot using double boiler method until it reaches approx 175 degrees.

3. Add color ~ Keeping the temperature at approx 175, add the diamond shaped dye chip and stir for approx one minute with wooden spoon.

4. Add scent ~ Turn off the heat source, add fragrance oil (1-3 tsp), and stir for one more minute.

5. Pour the wax into the container leaving at least one inch on the top so the glass is not completely filled. Save the remaining wax.

6. If you are using a pre-tabbed wick, you will need to recenter the wick and keep an eye on it to make sure it stays centered.

7. If you are not using a pre-tabbed wick, you still need to add the wick. Wait for approx one hour after pouring the wax. Then, using a long needle or a wooden skewer, pierce a hole through the center of the wax and form a narrow tunnel just big enough to place the wick. You will then be able to fill the space you've made with the wick making sure it reaches the bottom and stays staight.

8. Allow the wax to completely cool. Depending on how large the container is, this will take between 4-8 hours. 

9. Melt the remaining wax to approx 185 degrees (10 degrees higher than your original pouring temp). Top off the candle carefully forming an even layer. You do not have to fill completely to the top for the candle to look nice. But you do need the top to be even.

10. About an hour later, that wax will be set and you can trim the wick to 1/4". And all done!!


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