We love decorator candles, but they can be pretty spendy! So we make our own candles. One of our favorites is crystallized pillar candles! The wax does the crystallizing all by itself, you just make the candle like you make any pillar candle. We’ll show you how!
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How To Make Crystallized Pillar Candles
1. Cover the top edge of the mold with small pieces of masking tape. Feed the wicking through the hole at bottom of mold leaving about one inch of wick.
Coil the end of the wick. Roll the mold sealer into a ball and press it over the coiled wick to seal the bottom of the mold. Tie other end of the wick to a pencil and prop it across the top of the mold. Trim off excess wicking.
2. Weigh out the wax for the volume of the mold you are using, then add 4 ounces for spillage and shrinkage. (Our mold holds 15 ounces of wax.)
3. Melt the wax in a double boiler to 200°F. Shave a few carrot curls of color off the dye block onto the index card using the potato peeler.
Add the shavings to the melted wax and stir. Test the color by dripping a few drops onto an index card. Add more color if desired. Pour the wax into the mold and recenter the wick. Let the candle cool for one hour.
Use the skewer to poke four or five holes in the candle near the wick all the way to the bottom of the mold. Remelt the wax to 190°F and refill the candle up to but not over the original fill line. Let cool and repeat if another well forms.
4. Let the candle cool slowly overnight. Remove the masking tape from the mold edge. Remove the pencil and turn the mold over. Remove the mold sealer.
Let the candle slide out of the mold. (If it doesn’t slide out easily, place it in the refrigerator for ten minutes and try again.) Turn the candle over – the bottom is the top.
Trim the bottom wick flush and trim the top wick to 1/4″.
To make three crystallized pillar candles in three sizes, just make each one with less wax. Something magical in the wax automatically does the crystallizing making the candles look extra sparkly and pretty! (You can make these pillar candles with any pillar wax. You don’t have to use crystallizing wax, but we think the crystallized pillar candles are so pretty we wanted to share them with you.) Have you tried making candles? Can we answer any questions for you? We’re here to help!
Jennifer & Kitty
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