Corrugated cardboard is an inexpensive way to make simple molds and give very stylish results, with the ridged surface of the cardboard embossed on the candle. Spraying the corrugated cardboard before you pour in the wax helps to prevent the wax from sticking to it as it sets.
You will need:
- clean plastic container lid
- bradawl (awl)
- corrugated cardboard
- water or silicone oil spray
- double-sided tape
- mold seal
- primed wick
- wicking needle
- measuring cup (1 cup)
- paraffin wax
- stearin (10% of quantity of wax)
- double boiler
- wax dye
- wooden spoon
- wax thermometer
1. To make the base of the mold, pierce the middle of the plastic lid with a bradawl (awl) to make a hole big enough to take the wick. Cut a rectangle of corrugated cardboard to size with the width matching the candle height.
2. Spray the cardboard with water or silicone oil to moisten it. Roll it into a cylinder and join the sides with double-sided tape.
3. Place the cardboard cylinder centrally over the plastic lid. Seal the join with mold seal – the mold must be absolutely watertight.
4. Cut a length of primed wick. Attach one end to a wicking needle, pushing the other end through the hold in the base of the mold. Let the Needle rest on top of the cardboard cylinder. Seal the hole in the base with mold seal.
5. Measure the required quantities of paraffin wax and stearin. Melt the stearin in the top of a double boiler. Add the dye until it is the right color, stirring until thoroughly blended. Add the paraffin wax and heat until it has melted and reaches 180 F. (82 C.) Pour the wax into the mold, almost to the rim.
6. Leave the candle to cool. Top up around the wick with more molten wax when a well forms as the wax shrinks. When the candle is completely set, peel off the tap and mold seal and remove the cardboard. Trim any excess wick.
A selection of light and heavyweight corrugated cardboard can be used to create a group of candles with different sized ridges. The natural color of the candles and cardboard look very contemporary, and packed into a complementary box, they would make a wonderful hand-make gift.
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Post time: 03-18-2017