How to make floating candles with your own hands
Long since the candles were an element of celebration, with their help decorated every family holiday. Candles are also considered a wonderful souvenir, which you can give to relatives on their holiday.
Today the market offers a huge number of candles for every taste: with different smells, made in all kinds of color scales, of any shapes and sizes, complemented by flowers and pebbles, standing or floating candles. However, a candle made by own hands has a special value. In addition, this process is so fascinating that once you create such beauty, you will want to do it again and again.
If you do not have ideas, what you can create floating candles with your own hands, photos of other works done by other masters will help you decide on a choice. As you manufacture each new candle, you will gain experience and soon you will be able to create masterpieces without any help.
Floating candles have become very popular recently, as they look very original and create the effect of weightlessness.
What will it take to make candles?
Create floating candles with their own hands is very simple, the main thing is to get all the necessary materials and follow the instructions clearly.
- a vessel for melting wax;
- candle molds;
- pan for a water bath;
- two sticks;
- decorative elements;
- wax crayons;
- old candles;
- cotton yarn.
We make wick
To keep the candle burning constantly, it is necessary to put a wick inside it. For these purposes, it is desirable to use a natural cotton thread, but if this is not possible, you can use threads floss.
To make a wax candle you need to twist thick threads between each other, while not tightening tight.
If the wick is too thick, the candle will melt quickly, otherwise - the wick will go out constantly. By trial and error you will be able to accurately match the thickness of the wick to the size of the candle.
Before you pour the candle, it will be necessary to soak the wick with wax.
In case you do not want to do the wick yourself, you can get it from the old candles, gently breaking the candle into pieces.
Choose a shape for the candle
In the matter of choosing a candle shape, everything depends only on your imagination. For these purposes, you can take any container that will withstand a large temperature. If there is a desire to create a candle of the original form, then you can buy special shapes for making candles or soap.
For the first time, it's not worth it, just take any glass, at the bottom of which you need to make a small hole and insert the wick there. On the reverse side, make a knot to prevent the wax from leaking.
Next, you will need any stick on which you want to tie the other end of the wick and place it exactly in the middle of the cup.
That floating candles had beautiful shades, and wax crayons are required. It is enough to plan them and add them to the wax. It is important to use dyes on a fat-soluble basis so that they evenly mix with wax.
In specialized stores you can buy pigment pigments, this will facilitate the process of staining.
Fill the candle
We need a container for wax, for this purpose you can take a tin can. It needs to be crushed in such a way that on one side a spout is formed for better pouring out the molten wax.
In the jar we place the broken old candles and our dye. Now you need to heat the mixture in a water bath. For this fit any saucepan, which fits a jar of wax.
We put a pot of water on the fire, bring it to a boil and place a container of wax there. When the material has melted, it is possible to proceed to pouring.
It is necessary to pour the candle into the form in layers, letting them dry a little. After the mold is completely filled, leave the candle to dry at room temperature.
After the candle hardens, untie the wick and carefully remove it from the mold. The excess wick is cut off, leaving the tip at 1 cm.
The candle is ready to keep afloat, you need to choose a light plastic mold and place a candle there. Good for these purposes are different capacities of transparent plastic. There you can pour the petals of flowers, so that the composition looks aesthetically pleasing.
To create floating candles with your own hands on a gel basis, you will need:
For these candles do not need plastic form to lower them into the water. Due to its composition, they are perfectly afloat and do not spoil their appearance from moisture.
Heat the tannin and glycerin until the first is dissolved. In the process of heating, slowly add gelatin to the mixture. After the solution becomes clear, add water. Boil the mixture until the water evaporates.
Then we place a small wick on the bottom of the glass solid shape, fixing it with a stick from above, if desired, you can add pieces of fruit, flowers, shells. Pour the mixture into the mold and leave it to freeze.
Such floating candles look incredibly beautiful. With their help you can create amazing compositions. For example, you can take a transparent glass of the right shape or a small vase for flowers, decorate the bottom with stones and various decorative elements. Put a flower in the water and put several gel candles on the surface. Such floating candles with their own hands for a wedding or any other celebration will come at an opportune time.
In order to make pleasant candles when burning the candle, add a few drops of aroma oil before pouring into the wax. It can be purchased at any pharmacy and specialized stores. You can combine different oils to your taste, the main thing is not to overdo it, otherwise the candle will emit a cloying smell.
In addition to the pleasant smell, aroma oils have a calming effect on the nervous system. Therefore, they can be used not only for a pleasant smell, but also for health.
Candle making, by the way, is a fairly profitable business, placing on its social networking page its floating candles, photos of which clearly will not leave anyone indifferent, you can get a lot of customers.