Candle Tutorial with Autumn Gale From Enchanted Autumn
Today I have a guest article that I am super excited about. Autumn is one of my very good friends, and sisters in the craft. She has her own online store called Enchanted Autumn. Some of you will be familiar with me mentioning before. She makes the best smelling candles I have ever encountered. I asked her if she would stop by and share some of her secrets with us. :))))))) Enjoy! If you've not checked out her shop you can find her online store here: http://www.enchantedautumn.net/ and her facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/enchantedautumnhandmade?fref=ts Enjoy!
Love and Blessings,
Most of us really love candles but can't always afford to purchase premium and unique pillars, votives and tapers. This tutorial will show you how to take a simple candle and create your own work of art - at a minimal cost to you!
This is also a really great project for those who love candles but are sensitive/allergic to fragrance. Simply choose unscented candles and spices/herbs that you know will not trigger a reaction!
It is important to note that if you want to burn these candles, pillar and votive candles will be safest. Taper candles are only recommended for decorative purposes, as the flame will most likely ignite herbs and spices, due to the wick position in relation to the diameter of candle.
For This Project, You Will Need:
- A large pot
- Waxed paper
- Herbs and/or spices of your choice
- Taper, votive or pillar candles of your choosing. Beeswax and paraffin candles work best.
- Plate or pan lined with waxed paper
- An old or cheap taper holder (if you choose to decorate tapers and want to do an over-pour)
Let's Get Creating!
- Prepare your workspace by covering with wax paper.
* Fill pot 1/2 to 3/4 full with water and set burner to maximum. As you wait for your water to boil, gather supplies needed an prepare your workspace. While this is a fun craft, it can be super messy! Line your table/counter with waxed paper for easier clean-up.
* Sprinkle herbs and/or spices on waxed paper (as pictured).
* Once water has boiled, remove pot from heat.
* Dip your candle in water until wax has softened/melted a bit.
You will notice that I did not use tongs for dipping candles. I've done this project many times before and am more comfortable not using them...and I'm also a bit of an idiot. I do suggest that you dip your candles into water by gripping the wick with tongs, however.
* When candle is cool enough to touch (it still should be quite warm), roll in spices/herbs. Use a bit of pressure, to ensure that herbs and/or spices adhere to wax.
* Quickly re-dip in pot of water.
* Roll in spices/herbs once again.
* You may need to repeat the dip/roll several times to achieve desired affect.
* Allow votives and pillars to dry on plate/pan lined with waxed paper. Tapers should dry in holders.
You should let candles set for about 2 days before lighting or continuing on with wax over-dip.
You may leave candles as is for a more rustic look but if a more polished/finished look is desired, a wax over-dip or pour is recommended.
Melted beeswax should be used for beeswax candles; melted paraffin for paraffin candles.
You will need:
- A double boiler
- An old pot that will fit inside the double boiler
- Enough wax to dip/pour with.
- Waxed Paper
- Plate or pan lined with waxed paper for pillars and votives
- Old or cheap taper candle holders.
- Herb/Spice encrusted candles previously made and dried.
Why Use A Double Boiler?
Boiling water reaches a maximum temperature of 100 degrees Celsius, or 212 degrees Fahrenheit which ensures your safety and also that your wax will not burn).
Let's Let's Get Dipping & Pouring!
* Fill Double Boiler 1/2 to 3/4 full with water, turn burner on to maximum heat.
* Place desired amount of wax into old pot and set inside double boiler. Melt wax until no lumps remain. It is not recommended to stir, as that will produce air bubbles in wax. If you feel you do not have enough liquid wax, you can add more solid to the pot and heat until melted (do not drop into wax already melted, you will get burned. Use a ladle or spoon and gently lower into pot).
* When wax is ready, remove from heat.
* If dipping - Use tongs to lower herb/spice encrusted candle (by wick) into the liquid wax. Dip quickly but thoroughly, then place on plate/pan lined with waxed paper. Tapers should be placed in holders. You may want to repeat this step one more time to achieve desired results.
* If pouring - Put pillars and/or votives on waxed paper, spacing about 2 inches apart. Tapers will need to be placed in old or cheap taper holders (your holders will get messy, thus why I suggest old or cheap ones.) Slowly and evenly pour melted wax over candles, directly in or as close to wick as possible (you can clean wick up with fingers after candle has set). Allow candle to set before over-pouring again, this will give your candles a more "grubby" or primitive look.
Peel any dried wax that has pooled on waxed paper and place back in pot, as you can re-melt and re-use.
Allow candles to set for 1-2 days before burning.
If you wish to scent your candles with essential oils prior to lighting, simply rub outside of candle with an EO of your choice (not recommended for fragrance oils, as they often have a lower "flash point" and can catch fire).
I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial and have fun creating your own unique candles! You may want to think about making these for gifts in the future - jazz them up by wrapping fabric or ribbon around them for a truly personalized touch!