Candles are a beautiful way to add ambiance and decoration to any room. But, if you don’t know where to start, making your own candles can be an intimidating task. That’s why we created this beginner-friendly tutorial on how to make a crucible candle! Follow our step-by-step instructions, and we’ll show you exactly what ingredients and tools you need in order for this project to go smoothly.
What Do You Need to Make a Crucible Candle?
- Beeswax, or other desired wax to make the candle with
- Silicone mold
- Wick (make sure it fits your crucible mold)
- Candle dye for whatever color you want your candle to be
- Glue gun
- Plastic spoon and wrap
- Small metal cup or bowl
Steps to Making a Crucible Candle
Step 1: Preparing Your Ingredients
Before you start, make sure that you have the supplies for this project. You can find everything you need at a craft store or dollar store. All of the materials in this article are really cheap and easy to find. Paraffin wax is also an option, but it is more expensive and has some health and environmental problems associated with it.
Step 2: Beeswax Melting
You need a bowl or pot that will not get hot when you put in wax, and it needs to be messy. You may buy bowls or pots for this, but you can also use bowls or pots that are already in your house. If you are using cups instead of silicone molds, then you’ll need silicone cups too.
Step 3: Adding Paraffin Wax to Beeswax
Put the wax in the pan with some water. Turn the stove on low and wait for it to melt. If you don’t have a double boiler, use a pot with water to get the wax very hot.
Step 4: Stirring in Paraffin Wax
Add equal parts paraffin and beeswax to the melted wax while stirring. If you’re using a double boiler, start with 10 parts beeswax to 1 part paraffin.
Step 5: Pouring the Melted Wax Mixture
Place the pot on top of the sink, and then pour out all of the water. Next, get a candle or wax cup that is about 2/3 full. Pour carefully into four containers, so each one is full. We made four candles, so we poured two cups of melted wax into four cups with molds.
Step 6: Dying Your Future Crucible Candle
Now you’re ready to add color! This is the fun part. If it’s your first time making candles, pick a few colors that are already in liquid form or powder-form dye that doesn’t need to be heated up again. Next, add two tablespoons of dye into each cup of wax and stir well with a spoon. Now you have created some colorful crucible candles!
Step 7: Smoothing the Top
To smooth the tops of your molds/bowls, use a long-handled spoon or spatula. If any bubbles form on the surface of your wax, you may also push them down with another spatula or plastic wrap.
Step 8: Cooling and Hardening
Smoothing away the wax is fun. You can put your bowl in a cool place that will not be disturbed, or wrap it with a towel and put it in the freezer. We left our candles to harden for around two hours before taking them out of their molds.
Step 9: Removing Candle From the Mold
It is easiest to remove the candles from their molds after they have cooled down. Wait until they are hardened. Then, wrap the mold with wax paper or plastic wrap to stop any wax drips.
Step 10: Trimming Wicks and Light Candles
Remove the candle from its mold by cutting off the wick with scissors. If you use a match, make sure that no smoke comes out of the wick when it is lit. Also, make sure that your wick is in the center and that no smoke comes out when you light it.
Step 11: That’s it!
These candles can be used in dark areas like bedrooms, bathrooms, and gardens. You could also dip the candle in wax to create a surface on which melted wax will stay drip-free while pouring and making candles. We applied six coats of wax, three layers on each side, one layer on top, and one layer on the bottom to the candles. This gave them a thicker build than if you just dipped your candle once or twice.
Can I use a microwave to make candles?
No, you cannot. Microwaves heat the wax too fast, and it will cause bubbles in your candle-making process.
How many candles can you make?
You may make as many candles as there are cups for wax. For example, you need two parts of beeswax to one part paraffin, but if you want more wax, then use all the ingredients together in a bowl instead of each cup individually. This will give fewer total candles at once.
How much does it cost?
This depends on the wax you want to use.
Can I make candles without a double boiler?
Yes, if you don’t have this, then just keep an eye out for any paraffin that may spill over onto your stovetop or countertop. Use low heat and be careful not to burn yourself. The wax will become liquid again when it’s hot enough! This is why we recommend using either pan with water in them or silicone molds instead of cups because these are less dangerous from spilling hot wax everywhere while working with the candle-making process.
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Now you know how to make a crucible candle! Happy crafting, and let us know if it worked out for you.