Shaped Candles

Shaped Candles  How to make shaped candles  : 

Anyone can make shaped candles. You don't need many supplies, but whatever you use won't be reusable for any other purpose. Make sure you don't choose your new pots!

For an introduction to candle making, go to the tutorial on how to make candles.

  • Wick needle or stick of wood
  • Mold
  • Wax thermometer

For more information on these supplies, go to "Bougies > Généralités".

  • Stearin
  • Paraffin
  • Stiffened wick
  • Candle dye
  • Modeling clay

Prepare the wick for the shaped candles

  • Place the stiffened wick in the mold, leaving about 5 cm (2 inches) of wick showing beyond the mold. 
  • Stretch the wick well and hold it in place at the other end of the mold with a small stick or, ideally, with a wick needle.
  • Carefully seal the bottom of the mold, all around the wick, with the modeling clay.

Prepare the body of the shaped candles

  • Melt the stearin and slowly add the colorant. Mix it well so that the mixture is homogeneous.
  • Add the paraffin. The proportion of paraffin to stearin should be 90% to 10%.
  • When the wax reaches 93°C (200°F), pour it into the mold, leaving a space of 1 cm (3/8 inch) on the edge. Dispel any air bubbles by tapping on the mold after a few minutes.
  • Let the wax cool at least an hour before removing it from the mold.

  • Attention: Never pour wax leftovers in a washbowl. As soon as they cool down, they enlarge and then block the pipes.
  • You can also give some beeswax to the mixture paraffin/stearin to improve the quality of the wax (the candles will burn down more slowly and spread their pleasant odor ). Make sure,
    • that you do not add more than 10 % of the beeswax to the candle mass.
    • that you line the inside of the mold well with modeling clay, in order to get the candle out of it later.
  • Place the bottomside of the candle in a pot of tepid water so that it becomes smooth.
  • To calculate the needed mass of wax for the mold, detect the mass of water that suits in the mold (100 ml of water comply with 90 g of wax).
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