- Wick needle or stick of wood
- Wax thermometer
For more information on these supplies, go to "Bougies > Généralités".
- 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).