If there is one art that I have been meaning to try forever it is none other than candle-making. Back in Dubai, there was one only shop far away that I knew that had candle making kits available. But boy! it was expensive. For the price of one packet of wax only, I could have purchased a dozen candles from IKEA on a lazy Sunday. I lost my motivation there until when I moved to Ankara. My friend guided me to a shop that would make it possible for me to dig in.
And of course, there are hundreds if not thousands of tutorial out there to learn the ropes. So why repeat that. In the spirit of love, I sought to make heart shaped candles. On my first attempt, I learned that I could not simply lay down chunks of heart and then pour the undyed hot wax because firstly you wouldn’t come to know of it the first sight. Secondly, even after burning the candle the red hearts would leak into the pool you would never come to know that it was a heart. Instead, after pouring the hot wax and letting it harden; I cut out three heart with my tiny heart cutter (that you can find in a bundle with other shapes in the clay cutting section). At least, the first impression of the hearts will remain intact and will become one with the rest once lit.
Yet again, I came to know that creativity is not far from reach and we are the ones who make a mountain out of a mole. Next time, you are out of candles don’t hesitate to get yourself some wax and essential oil of your choice and get making.
- Parrafin Wax
- Essential oil ( I used Lavender oil )
- Red tea-light candle
- Your choice of container
- Tiny heart cutter
1. In a stainless steel pitcher, put around 4 cups/1 pound of wax to make approximately 3 candles. Since we can’t heat the paraffin wax on its own we will melt them in double boiler i.e place this pitcher in a separate pan half-filled with water. Put it over medium heat until the wax melts away.
2. Glue down your wicks to your container with super glue and wait for about 5 minutes for it to adhere
3. Remove melted the wax from the stove and mix in a few drops of essential oil of your choice.
4. Gently pour the infused hot wax in the container and let it set.
5. Meanwhile, separate the red tea light candles from their container and melt them in the same pitcher in a double boiler.
6. Now that the candle has set. Make tiny heart holes with the help of your heart clay cutter and pour in the hot red wax.
Do, I need say more. Light it up and have a great time. If you have extra wax left you can make more candles or store them for your next batch.
If you have extra wax left you can make more candles or store them for your next batch. Now that I have touched base with candle making (which was so easy) I am actually looking forward to making more in the future because I don’t need valentines day to light a candle and relax.
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