Whipped wax has the creamy look of meringue because, just like egg white meringue, it is whipped and aerated to a light and frothy texture. When applied to a base candle, whipped wax looks like snow or whipped cream and can be built up into various rounded shapes. It is ideal for holiday snowman candles or candles made to look like ice cream desserts. Their festive look makes whipped candles a good holiday craft -- whether you're thinking of decorating your home, or making gifts. If you have the right equipment and are very careful with the molten wax, whipped candles are reasonably easy to make, too.
Things You'll Need
- Rubber gloves
- 1 pound paraffin wax
- Double boiler
- Wooden chopsticks
- Candy thermometer
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- Candle dye chips (optional)
- Metal mixing bowl
- Fork or wire whisk
- Base candle or candles
- Glitter, beads or other decorations (optional)
Cover your work surface (countertop or table) with newspapers. Put on rubber gloves so that you do not burn yourself. Prepare a double boiler by filling the bottom pan with water.
Take approximately 1 pound of paraffin wax that is the same color as your base candle. Put it into the top part of a double boiler and melt on low heat until thoroughly melted. Stir with wooden chopsticks to ensure that the wax melts evenly. Check the temperature of the melted wax with a candy thermometer. When it is melted, continue to heat the wax until it reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Then add 1 tablespoon cornstarch.
If you prefer the whipped wax to be tinted a particular color, add pieces of candle dye chips and stir them in until combined evenly and without streaks of color. Take the melted wax off the heat. Let the melted wax cool down slightly, but not too much -- otherwise you won't be able to whip it.
Transfer the melted wax into a metal mixing bowl and place the bowl on the newspaper-covered surface. Whip the wax using either a fork, wire whisk or eggbeater. Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl. Whip the wax for at least 5 to 10 minutes.
When the wax has a whipped light texture, but is still pliable, start to apply it to the base candle. Be careful because the wax, though cooled down a bit, is still extremely hot. You can use the fork or spatula to apply the wax. If you are using a small candle such as a votive or tea light, you can dip the candle in the whipped wax, twirling it in the mixture to coat fully.
If you wish to add glitter, beads or other decorations to the whipped wax, press them in lightly before the wax has cooled. Then let the finished candles dry and cool on the newspaper.
Tips & Warnings
- You don't need to cover a candle completely in whipped wax -- it looks great as a sea foam accent on a sand candle or as whipped cream on a sundae candle or frothy-mug candle.
- Be very careful when you are handling melted wax; it is extremely hot and can cause serious burns if spilled on the skin.
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