I got tired of talking about making candles and decided to just do it. I learned how to make sand candles in the 70's, and I made them again once in the 80's. So here I am again. When life gives you sand, make sand candles.
Getting the Mold Ready
|Fill bucket with sifted sand.|
|Close up of wick placement and holes in sand made with my fingers.|
- I filled a bucket with sifted sand. Sift it through whatever screen you have on hand. I used a bicycle basket with fine holes.
- Get the sand damp. We're talking 'sandcastle' and not 'mud pie'
- Dig out a scoop with your hand to put the wax in. Then I poked my fingers in to give my candle 'legs'.
- I took a seashell and pressed it into the side, with the part I want to show facing into the sand.
- Place a wick. I used a stick to loop it over so it will stay where I want it.
- I melted my wax in a 'double boiler' set up using an old thrifted tea pot and a metal can. I should have bent the can to make a pour spout but oh well.
Melting wax for a sand candle. Almost melted. Use an old fork to remove debris like old wicks or paper bits.
- Heat the water in the teapot over medium with the can of wax sitting in it. The tea kettle is about 1/3 full of water. Never leave wax unattended. It is flammable. So keep the heat down and keep an eye on it.
- I used old candle wax, two warped tapers, a few crayons, and a chunk of beeswax so the can would be almost full. As the wax melted I stirred it with an old fork. Then I fished out the old wicks and debris with the fork.
- I turned off the heat and let the steam settle down. Then I put a lid over it and carried it outside with a potholder.
Carefully carrying hot wax outside.
- I very carefully picked up the can with tongs and poured it into the mold. Wax shrinks in the center when it cools so I knew I'd have to pour a 2nd layer.
So far so good. You can see the seashell poking up a bit. The second pour will cover it.
The hardest thing about making candles is having to wait to see the end result.
- I melted another 1/2 can of wax. Most of it was beeswax and a few crayon pieces.
- I probably should have waited about 2 hours before the 2nd pour, but I just wanted to get on with it.
After the 2nd pour. Just the right level of wax.