How To Make Sand Candles/Easy To Make Fun Project
Sand Candles are a unique, and easy to make fun project that make that special memorable gift. People have been making Sand candles for a very long time. Probably for hundreds of years!
They are one of the most inexpensive candles you can make. There’s no need to buy containers, because inexpensive sand is your container. Your only expense is your wax and wick.
Ok, you may want to flip for scent and color. But that is not necessary, if you just want a Unique Candle to burn. I personally like to go for a little scent and, or color though. But that’s me!
If you have a shop and want to make these candles, I suggest that you use up all of the scrap wax that you have left over from all your other projects. Using different colors of wax that you have on hand will not have any affect on your finished Candle, because each Sand Candle you make can be a different shape, design or color.
What Materials Will You Need?
- A wash tub if you want to make more then one, or a bucket if making only one.
- A solid object or glass in the shape of your Candle.
- Some water.
- 141 Melt Point Wax.
- Wick or wicks if making more then one.
- Color blocks and or dyes if you want color and scent.
- Fill the wash tub or bucket with sand.
- Add water to the sand. Since different sand textures vary you’ll have to experiment with the amount of water you will need. The less water you use the more consistent the outer shell will be.
- Pack the sand as tightly as you can. The tighter the sand is packed will also make the outer shell more consistent.
- After you have packed the sand as tightly as you can, use your bowl or other object to form a cavity in the sand the shape you want the Candle to be.
- Next pour your wax that has been heated from 195 to 205 degrees F. I prefer pouring at the 205 degree F, because that makes a better shell.
- If you want scent add it now and stir it in. And if you want a little color take some color flakes and stir them in on top of the wax.
- When the wax has formed a film on top insert the wick assembly into the wax in the position of your choosing. When the wax cools you may have to do a top fill if there was too much shrinking.
As the wax hardens a little you may add some pebbles or shells around the outer edge of the Sand Candle for a little added touch. Just make sure that what ever you use for decorations they are non-combustible.
Tip: When wicking Sand Candles I like to wick after the Candle has cooled and hardened by drilling a hole the size of the wick and then inserting the wick. I then take a eye dropper and drip some hot wax around the top of the wick to seal it. Just make sure that you don’t drill through the bottom of your Candle.
I can’t stress enough how important safety is in your Candle making process. The main reason for this is that most people make candles in their home in there own kitchen. Please take a look at the following safety procedures for a moment.
- You should always have a fire extinguisher handy.
- You should have a non slip mat away from your heat source on your work area.
- If possible your work surface should be heat resistant.
- Clean up all spilled wax immediately. Spilled wax ignites very rapidly.
- Always wear old clothes with long sleeves. However make sure your long sleeves don’t hang down where they can get into the hot wax.
- It’s best to melt your wax in a double boiler. If you are melting your wax by placing the pouring pot directly over the heat source, be sure to wipe all wax off the pour pot before placing it over the heat source. If you don’t the wax will melt off and ignite.
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