Dipping is the oldest method of candle making. These candles are made by repeatedly dipping a wick into hot wax. You can choose the color that best complements your décor and use these elegant creations for table-settings, on the mantelpiece or with fresh flower arrangements.
Do NOT heat wax directly on the stove and NEVER use a fierce flame. Be sure not to overheat the wax or to overfill the saucepan! You could splash yourself and get burnt!
YOU WILL NEED:
1 kg paraffin wax
100 g wax hardener
Wax dye, or old colored crayons
Ready-to-use wax in the color of your choice available from most craft stores
Double boiler and/or tall jug
25mm wick, 1.5m/5ft long cut into three equal lengths
HOW TO MAKE YOUR CREATION:
It's a great idea to have everything you need ready and to work on an uncluttered surface to avoid messes and accidents!
For dipped candles, the wick is held in the center and two candles are dipped at the same time, one at each end of the wick. Another method is to tie a shorter wick to a pencil to make one candle at a time.
Melt the wax in the top of the double boiler over a low heat until all the dye is dissolved. Turn off the heat. If the top of the double boiler isn't deep enough to dip the entire length of the wick, pour the wax into a deeper container or jug. Hold the wick in the center and dip both ends into the wax, making sure to keep the ends apart.
Remove the wick and, as soon as it is cool enough to handle, pull the end of the wick straight and hold it for about 30 seconds until it has set. Repeat with the other end of the wick.
Dip the candle repeatedly until the wax is about 25mm/1in thick. Be sure to allow the candle to cool between dips – you can dip the candle in a jug of water between each dip in wax to make sure your candle comes out smooth and even. With an old cloth, dry the candle after you've dipped it into the water.
The wax in the dipping container will cool as you work and you may have to reheat it to attain the desired candle thickness. If bubbles appear on a layer of wax after you've dipped it, then the wax in the container is too cold for dipping.
Once you've reached the required thickness, immerse the candle in a jug of cold water and leave it until the candle is completely hard. To level the base of the candle, slide it over the bottom of a warm saucepan or cut it with a very sharp knife. Separate the two candles and trim the wick.
DID YOU KNOW?:
You can attain really beautiful effects by using different colors of wax: dip your candle a number of times in one color, then repeat using a different color. Before leaving the candle to set in water, use a sharp knife to cut into the sides of the candle