In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make layered candles that you would normally buy in the store for up to sometimes $20 or more dollars. This is so cheap and just as easy as making a normal candle. If you’re new to candle making, you might want to have a look at my beginner’s guide to candle making tutorial before proceeding on to this one.
- Candle Wax
- Double Boiler
- Wax Thermometer
- Pillar Mold (I’m using a 3×6)
- Old Jar Or Something To Pour Wax In Temporarily
- Gather the supplies above.
- Prepare your wax and weigh out how much you’ll need. For this project I am going to use some wax that I had left over from something else to make this candle so I’m just going to melt down the wax that is still in the pourer.
- Get the bottom of your homemade double boiler ready by putting about 1/2″-1″ of water in the bottom.
- Place the pourer in the pot. If, after putting the wax in the pourer, it floats on the water, then pour some water out until it sits solid on the bottom.
- Bring water to a boil.
- Melt the wax entirely so that there are no chunks left in there but it is completely a liquid.
- Add fragrance and coloring. I’m adding a different fragrance to make a custom one with the fragrance that was already in the wax. I am also adding some yellow to the blue to make it more teal than blue.
- It looks green right now, but if you look around the edges and pick up some with a spoon you will see the real color of it. However, it will get much lighter when it dries.
- Pour some of the wax into a jar. This is so that you can make your first layer teal, then we are going to have another layer a different color, then the layer above that the same as the first.
- When the wax in the pourer is at the right temperature, it is ready to pour. For an idea of what temperature it should be, have a look at my beginner’s guide to candle making.
- Spray the mold with a mold release or a cooking spray will work fine too.
- Pour the first layer of the candle from the pourer to the mold. You can make it as thick as you want for your candle.
- When that layer is dry, re-melt the wax still left in the pourer to make the next layer. You can tell when the previous layer is ready when you poke it and it doesn’t give. Don’t let it sit for too long after it has hardened though. Pour the next layer at just the right time. I also added a lot more yellow to this wax to make it more green instead of teal.
- Check the wax for the right temperature to pour.
- Re-spray the mold release as it has probably dried by now.
- Pour the next layer as high as you want, but if you want a third layer, then be sure to leave room.
- Once the second layered has dried like the first did, then you’re ready to pour the next layer.
- Place the jar you poured the first batch of wax into earlier into the pot with water. This is going to act as your double boiler, so just melt that wax again completely.
- Re-spray the mold release again before pouring.
- Pour the final layer, but be sure not to go up right to the top and account for the height of your wick if you’re using a pre-tabbed one.
- If you are using a single pour wax you will see once that dries that it needs a second pour.
- Melt some more wax to make the second pour. I didn’t have anymore of the top layer teal color, so I just added a thin top layer of the green color for the second pour.
- When the top layer is dry, your candle is done.
- Remove from the mold, light it, and enjoy. I really like the way this one turned out.
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