How to Embed Wax Shapes into a Candle
Though embedding wax shapes into a candle is easier, this process needs an extra amount of caution. The wax you are embedding can melt the shapes if it is too hot. So, for embedding wax shapes into a candle you have to use wax that has low melting point. This becomes more crucial if you are making a container candle.
For example, let us say you are pouring white wax around embedded shapes that are red. If red melts and bleeds, your white will change undesirably.
So, it is essential that the shapes you embed have a higher melting point than the wax you pour to fill in. To handle this critical issue an additive comes in handy.
There are two typical ways to embedding wax shapes. They are,
Out of the two, the first one-cookie cutter method is simpler and is ideal for the first timers. When using molds, you should not heat the wax beyond 165F. If you pour wax hotter than this your molds will get damaged.
For embedding shapes into a candle you need wax of two different colors. One color is required for the shapes and the other for the remaining part of the candle. To color the wax, you may need dye. Paraffin wax has low melting point. So paraffin wax is ideal to start with as it is easier to work with than other kind of waxes. Melting point of the wax used for making shapes has to be high. For this a hardening agent may be used. An Additive like stearic acid (Stearine) is the right choice.
You require two pans to melt the wax. Pour water in the larger pan and place it on the stove. Put the cookie cutter into it so that the other pan can sit on it comfortably. Pour the wax into the second smaller pan. It will melt. This kind of double boiler set up prevents wax from getting burnt by avoiding over heating.
To make embedded shapes you require a pan and cookie cutters. You can use even chocolate molds for this purpose.
Other things required are wick and a container.
Embedding wax shapes into a candle actually comprises of two steps. One process is making the wax shapes and the other is creating the final candle.
Making Wax Shapes
Melt the wax and pour it into the baking pan. Once the wax has cooled enough but warm though, cut out the shapes you desire using cookie cutters. Carefully remove the extra wax and leave the shapes to set completely.
Position the shapes into the mold or container. You may use gel wax for this. Place the wick. And pour the wax. Ensure that the temperature is the coolest possible one. This will avoid any shrinkage. Finally allow the candle to set.
Your candle with embedded shapes into it is ready.
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