Making homemade candles is a creative and relaxing hobby with endless possibilities. The variety of colors, scents and designs available to the candle hobbyist are myriad. Typically, candle dyes are mixed with the wax to color the candle throughout. Metallic dyes, however, cannot be mixed directly with candle wax; the metallic flakes will clog the wicks and the candles will not burn well. Metallic dyes should be used only to coat candles. Learn the dipping method and fill your home with lovely candles in shimmery shades of gold, silver, bronze and copper.
Things You'll Need
- Large double boiler
- Paraffin wax
- Metallic pigment dye
- White or ivory candles
- Wax paper
Fill the bottom pot of your double boiler two-thirds full with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
Pour 2 lbs. chopped paraffin wax into the top pot of your double boiler. Place the top pot on the bottom pot to melt the paraffin wax. Stir occasionally for even melting.
Add approximately 2/3 oz. of pigment dye to the melting paraffin wax. The amount of pigment dye needed to color the wax may vary slightly depending on the product; follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Stir the paraffin wax and pigment dye together until thoroughly melted and blended.
Hold your white or ivory candles by the wicks and dip them into the melted wax. Cover them completely, but do not allow the colored wax to cover the wicks or seep into the wick wells. Place the candles on wax paper to dry, or, if they will not stand, hang them from a clothesline by their wicks with clothespins.
Repeat Step 5 until you have achieved your desired color. Remember to let your candles dry between each dip.
Tips & Warnings
- You may remove the pot from the stove briefly for a few dips, but keep your dipping wax warm and well stirred throughout the process. This will prevent the metallic flakes from sinking to the bottom of the pot.
- Your double boiler and other utensils should be used only for candle-making. Do not ever use your candle-making accessories for cooking food.
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