Ice Candle Garden
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Ice Candle Garden

Create your own, one-of-a-kind candles. Use this ice technique to add unique textures and patterns to your candle designs. Designed by Angel Sieck.
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Premium Candle Wax
  • Candle Dye Value Pack
  • Round Metal Candle Mold, 3" x 6 1/2"
  • Flat Braid Wicking, Medium
  • Mold Sealer
  • Dowel (Pencil or Wick Bar)
  • Pouring Container
  • Candle-making Thermometer
  • Wooden Spoon or Dowel
  • Small Ice Cubes (Or Crushed Ice)
  • Scrap Paper - White
 

Project Instructions

Using a thermometer, melt wax according to package instructions. Always use a double boiler to melt wax.

When wax reaches approximately 180°F, add color. Shave dye block into the melted wax until the desired color is achieved. (Mix colors to achieve different results. For example, mix yellow with a little blue to get lime green. Mix red with blue to get fuchsia or purple.) Using a dowel or wooden spoon, stir the wax until all the dye dissolves. To test the color, place a few drops of melted wax onto a white sheet of paper. This will set up quickly and give you an idea of the final color.

When wax reaches 180°F, remove from heat.

If not using a core candle (taper) in your mold, you will need to wick your mold. When you purchase a metal mold, an instruction sheet is enclosed. Basic instructions follow: Insert the wick into the wick hole from the underside (bottom) of the mold and thread it through the mold until there is approximately 1" of wick outside of mold. Coil the wick in a tight circle, covering the wick hole, and then secure with the mold sealer. Make sure the mold sealer completely covers the wick and is flush with the bottom of the mold. Do not leave any cracks or openings in the mold sealer or hot wax will leak out when poured. Now secure the wick at the top of the mold to a dowel (pencil, etc.), which will lie across the opening.

Add ice to mold around edges. Try not to get ice near the wick. Remember that anywhere the ice is, there will be a void in the wax when the candle is set. It may be easier to do this in layers. Working about 2-3" high at a time, add ice around edges, and then pour melted wax into center of mold. Then gently add ice again around edges. Pour melted wax into center of mold and repeat until the mold is filled to within 1/2" from the top.

As the wax shrinks in the mold it will form a well. Refill this well a few minutes after the first pour. If you wait too long, the wax will fill in any voids from the melted ice. Let candle cool.

The candle should be ready to remove from the mold in 1 - 2 hours. Do not put in refrigerator. When the mold is no longer warm to the touch and is completely cool, the candle should be set. Turn the mold upside down over the sink. (Make sure the sink has a drain cover to catch any pieces of wax.) The candle will drop out easily. The sink will catch any water from the melted ice. There may be a very thin layer of wax covering some of the holes. Poke these out to release the water. You can shake the candle to listen for pockets of water remaining and to release the water into the sink.

Be sure to clean your metal mold well after use. If water is left in the mold, your mold will rust. You can clean out the water by placing a small hand towel or paper towels into the mold cavity. Using a dowel or wooden spoon, move it around to absorb the water. Do not place your hand into the mold cavity to wipe dry, as you may get cut on the edge of the mold.

Tips

To give the finished ice candle a longer burn time, place a core candle in the center of your mold, after sealing the wick hole. Pack ice around it and pour melted wax, being sure to keep at least 1" between the core candle and the candle mold. Keep clear at least 1/4" of core candle wick to light the new candle.

Craft Notes

Adult supervision required at all times. Use gloves when pouring wax into the candle mold. Never leave melting wax unattended.