How to make Floating Candles
Here's a great idea for an attractive centerpiece for any special occasion or time of year. Floating candles are a great beginner project, and with a nice glass bowl and some clear or colored stones, you'll have a simple but elegant display.
For this project, we're using IGI 4625 Paraffin Wax, our popular Meadow Fragrance Oil and Pale Pink Dye Chips, but you can vary this color and fragrance combination depending on your own decorating needs. This will make about 10-12 tart candles.
- 1/2 lb. of IGI 4625 Paraffin Wax
- Candle and Soap Scale
- Pale Pink Dye Chips
- 1/2 oz. Meadow Fragrance Oil
- Floating Tart Molds
- Pouring Pitcher
- LX 12 Pretabbed Wick
- Double Boiler or Hot Plate
- Metal or Wood Stirrer
- Floating Candle Bowl
- Decorative Stones
- Place 1/2 lb. IGI 4625 Paraffin Wax in a Pouring Pitcher and heat to 185 degrees in a double boiler or on a hot plate.
- Add 1/2 chip of Pale Pink Dye Chips and stir gently and thoroughly for about 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add 1/2 oz. Meadow Fragrance Oil.
- When the wax cools to 180 degrees, carefully pour colored and fragranced wax into the tart molds. Try to pour right to the top because there will be a small amount of shrinkage when the wax cools.
- Place a LX 12 wick assembly in the center of each mold. (Remember not to use a wick stickum because the candle will need to release from the mold when it cools.) You can use a bamboo skewer to re-center the wick if it moves. Let cool overnight and remove from molds.
- Place clear or colored stones in the bottom of the glass bowl. Add water and floater candles. They will need room to move, so it's important not to add too many.
Want to use soy wax?
No problem. Follow the same procedure as above, except for the following changes:
- Use Ecosoya PB Wax rather than the IGI 4625.
- Use ECO 2 pretabbed wick instead of the LX-12 wicks.
- And pour the colored and fragranced soy wax at 140 degrees rather than 180.