These gorgeous applique candles are made from soy candle wax with separately made decoration. We’ve found that some food containers make excellent disposable moulds – especially those with “metallic” surfaces inside, for example Pringle containers. The container must be cardboard based, not plastic, but you should find you can use it several times. A good indication that the tube can be used is if it has a metal bottom. Here, we’re using a “health salts” container to produce a candle with a 7cm diameter and 6.5cm height.
What You Need
- A suitable food container – we’re using an old “health salts” container we got from Wilkinsons. In general, those that work best have an impermeable inner lining designed for keeping the food inside absolutely dry. You could try cutting a Pringles tube to around the same height (6.5cm).
- 275g EcoSoya PB wax (vary the quantities if you use a different sized mould)
- 100g Container wax (for best results – or you can try the EcoSoya)
- 1-2g dye
- ECO10 Wick (again, dependent on the width of the mould)
- Wick stick or pencil
- Optional: Scent
- Some blutack or whitetack or similar
…and this is the required equipment
- Double boiler arrangement or two saucepans, one smaller than the other
- Baking tray and greaseproof paper
- Food or craft cutters
- – remember you can’t use any of these for food preparation after this!
How to do it
- Rinse out and dry the mould
- Drill a small hole in the bottom of the mould – just big enough to pass the wick through
- Push the wick through the hole and seal with blutack
- Fix the wick to a wick stick or pencil to pull it tight centrally
- Melt the EcoSoya wax in your double boiler. Remember, never use direct heat
- Add scent, if you’re using it
- Pour the wax into the mould – you might want to stand the mould in some sort of protective container in case of spillages
- You can now get on with making the decorations
- Line the baking sheet with greaseproof paper, leaving enough around the edges so you can raise them
- Melt the container wax in your double boiler. We’re using container wax because it’s softer than pillar blends and therefore less likely to crack when you apply it
- Add the dye and stir until it’s fully melted
- Pour the wax over the greaseproof paper until it’s the required depth, err on the side of having it thinner rather than thicker but you’ll probably find, unless you have a very good tin, the depth will vary a little. This didn’t matter to us as we specifically wanted a chunky, rustic look
- Wait a few minutes until it’s nearly set and use your cutters to punch out the shapes – no need to remove them at the stage, just cut through to the paper
- Once you’ve finished doing this, use the spatula to pop up the shapes and remove them.
Decorating the candle
- It’ll take a couple of hours for the candle to fully set – you can speed this up by placing it in the fridge. You’ll be able to tell when it’s ready by giving the wick poking through the hole in the bottom a slight tug. If it’s ready, you’ll feel the candle “give” a little. Remove all blutack and the wick assembly and drop it out
- You may see a slight impression of the mould’s internal spiral pattern on the candle – this can be rubbed off
- Place the candle on an upturned mug or similar so you can easily turn it round without touching the sides
- Take each shape and press it gently to warm it up. Place it against the side of the candle and press to stick – don’t worry about absolutely precise positioning at this point as you’ll be able slide it a little in any direction for a while.
- Complete the design and leave the candle overnight to cool.
- Enjoy your masterpiece!