Make an Oceanic Candle with a
Basic wax mixtures and procedures used
Seashell Candle Plate
Use a whipped wax technique to recreate the varying colours of the ocean.
This oceanic pillar candle, with subtle marbling, is displayed on a seashell candle plate. Kitchen containers or dishes make suitable moulds for the wax plate. You can use any appropriate mould of your choice for the pillar candle.
This technique mutes colours, and the finished candle will be lighter than an ordinary, smooth candle would have been.
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A 8.5x19cm (3.4x7.6") pillar candle mould
Yellow, blue and green candle dyes
3 forks, and a spoon
3 metal pouring jugs
A ± 1 litre (1.6 pint), dish or container, (for mixing
the wax colours)
1. Using the basic stearin/paraffin wax mixture, melt 300g (0.66lb) of vivid turquoise-blue, blue-green, and a pale sea-green colour in each metal pouring jug. Prime the wick in one of the melting waxes.
2. Wick up, and seal the mould. No heavy-duty sealing is necessary here, just stick some mould seal, (or Presstik), over the hole.
3. Allow the melted waxes to cool down until a skin forms. Whip each colour with a different fork, until the wax is frothy, and holds its shape.
4. Dish the pale green wax into the mixing container, followed by the turquoise-blue, and the blue-green.
5. Blend, and fold the waxes together with a fork, until the wax is streaked with the turquoise-blue colour. Do not overmix, this destroys the marbled effect.
6. Pack spoonfuls of the wax into the mould, filling it, and pressing down firmly after each addition. Allow to set.
7. Remove the candle from the cool mould, and neaten the bottom in an old saucepan, or with a hot iron.
A shallow, flat glass or metal container, at least
18 cm, (7.2") wide
Undyed stearin/paraffin wax mix
Metal pouring jug
1. Place the oceanic candle in the middle of the container.
2. Arrange the shells around the candle. Remove the candle.
3. Melt the wax in the metal pouring jug.
4. Remove from the heat source, and allow to cool down to 65°C (149°F).
5. Carefully pour the wax into the center of the plate, to a depth of 1 cm (0.4"). The shells must be secured, without being completely covered. Allow to set.
6. Remove the candle plate carefully. 20 minutes in the fridge will loosen sticky candle plates.
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