How to Make a Palm Wax Container Candle
We've made the difficult decision to discontinue palm waxes due to extreme environmental problems. Read about the reasons behind our decision here.
These instructions can help you make a beautiful palm wax container candle whether you are an experienced candle maker or are making a candle for the first time.
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We carry two distinctive types of palm waxes for container candles - Glass Glow< and Frost. The directions below apply to either of these waxes.
- Palm Wax (for this candle, we're using Glass Glow)
- Pouring Pitcher
- Glass candle jar (we're using 5 oz. apothecary jar)
- Pre-tabbed Candle Wick (we're using CSN 14 6"" Wick)
- Wick Bar
- Wick Stickum
- 1 oz. of Fragrance Oil (we're using [Creme Brulee Fragrance Oil][brulee fo])
- 1 Ivory Dye Chip
- Hot Plate or double boiler
- Cooling Rack (similar to the type used for cooling baked cookies)
- Weigh out one pound (16 oz.) of Glass Glow and melt it in the pouring pitcher using a hot plate or double boiler.
- Heat wax to 200° F.
- Center the wick assembly to the bottom of the container using a wick stickum or hot glue gun to firmly attach it to the bottom of the glass.
- Pre-heat the glass to about 110 F so that the melted palm wax will cool more slowly. You can preheat the container by placing it in the oven on the warm setting for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the dye chip (or drops if using liquid) and stir gently.
- Remove the palm wax from heat, immediately add the fragrance and stir thoroughly but gently for about 2 minutes. Do not let fragranced wax continue to heat as the fragrance will evaporate.
- When the palm wax cools to the proper pour temperature of 185-195° F, carefully pour wax into the pre-heated glass container.
- Attach a wick bar to the wick assembly to keep the wick centered and in place as the wax cools.
- Place the container on an elevated cooling rack (similar to how you cool baked cookies) so that air can circulate on all sides to cool the candle evenly and slowly.
- For best results, let the candle cool to room temperature overnight.
- Trim wick to 1/4" For best results, keep the wick trimmed to 1/4" for the life of the candle.
Minimal or no crystal pattern: If the candle cools with minimal crystal patterns or with solid bands containing no crystal pattern at all, raise the pour temperature 5° at a time. This wax requires pouring hot and cooling slowly to form the patterns.
Shrinking that leaves a dip in the surface: Lower the pour temperature by 5° increments to decrease shrinkage. Candles can be covered with a cardboard box while cooling to protect sides and top from circulating air from fans and heating and cooling systems that will cause parts of the candle to cool too quickly and shrink.