becoming well-versed in candlemaking should be a group effort

with quite a delay – craft night #2!

abby found a great, old candling making book that reeked of cigarettes. there were several options – (1) dipping (2) molds (3) carving …. candle molds won out.

val translating the mold pattern directions

val translating the mold pattern directions

putting some arm muscle into breaking up the wax for melting

putting some arm muscle into breaking up the wax for melting

foiled lined double boiler pot ... good for melting wax

foil lined double boiler pot ... good for melting wax

getting the pyramid molds together

getting the pyramid molds together

craft night always needs snacks! mmm mmm good

craft night always needs snacks! mmm mmm good

isn't that pyramid mold precious?!

isn't that pyramid mold precious?!

mold set up for liquid wax

mold set up for liquid wax

pouring the liquid wax into the mold - a two person process

pouring the liquid wax into the mold - a two person process

the initial pour into the mold resulted in a jar full of wax. after some deliberation – we decided to (a) allow the wax cool a bit and (b) reinforce the mold with some more tape to secure the seams of the mold …

the mold needed some extra reinforcement

the mold needed some extra reinforcement

YAY! it worked!

coolingdown

wax takes time to cool down

topview

all cooling down

firstunmolding

unmolding the first one!

finalproduct

all set up in a row

we had a blast with this project … as crafting goes with our little group. no one had worked with wax before so it was a lot of “oh this didn’t work … how can we make it work?” but with our powers combined we found hot wax to be enthralling. in the future there are several things that i will keep in mind: (1) read up on wax temperatures for different types of candles (2) purchase separate pots and utensils only for wax use! (3) always make candles with people … two people are a must for mold pouring!

i hope we provided some motivation to go find a candle book and get to it!

filled mold cooling down ...
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One comment

  1. stitchknit · October 20, 2012

    You inspire me. I made candles in the past, and loved it. Should give it another go!

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