This tutorial for swirled container candles uses a similar clear candle glass jar, so you can truly appreciate the colorful wax. The swirling technique produces a feathered, marbled, almost tie-dye look in colors of your choosing. The best part is each candle is a unique creation that you can personalize with your favorite colors. These DIY candles also make great customized gifts.
Preparing a basic candle
Start by forming a basic container candle by following these steps.
Set up the wick: Use a wick stick or straw at the top of the container to hold the wick in place and to center it. Apply a little hot glue to the bottom of the wick label and press it into the inner center of the bottom of the container.
Melt the wax: Heat enough scented wax in a pan to fill the container to about 180 degrees Fahrenheit melt it. There are online calculators available to help you determine the weight of wax needed to fill a particular container size.
Adding fragrance (optional): If you wish to add fragrance (e.g. essential oils) to your candle, add it to the melted wax using approximately 1 ounce per pound of wax.
Pour the wax into a container: Cool the wax to approximately 150 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, pour it into the container, leaving a little space at the top. Make sure the wick is centered.
Allow the candle to cool until the sides of the wax become opaque and a crust of about 1/8 inch forms at the top of the candle. This will take about 30 to 45 minutes. Then, using a thin wire or wick pin against the inner edge of the container, make a small hole in the top of the scented candle and push the wire to the bottom of the container.
Continue to poke holes around the edge of the candle with the wire. If you want several veins of color on the candle, poke a circle of about nine holes. If you want fewer colours, poke fewer holes.
Using a toothpick, gently place a drop of liquid candle dye at the top of each hole. Use a different toothpick for each dye color you choose and alternate the colours in any pattern you like.
Using a heat gun, start by gently heating the top of the soy candle so that the dye starts to mix with the small amount of melted wax. From the outside, you will be able to see the melted coloured wax start to seep into the holes.
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Next, heat the sides of the candle glass jar. Move the heat gun evenly up and down along the coloured holes for about 10 seconds and then move on to the next hole. The wax on the sides should melt and start to swirl with the dye.
Continue heating the sides of the soy candle to melt more wax. As more wax heats up, it will continue to create a distinctive swirl with the dye. You can help this process by rotating the jar slightly yourself (wearing oven mitts). You can also use a wire or wick needle to swirl the colour with the wax. This usually helps to push the dye all the way to the bottom of the candle.
Please note that the dye will continue to rotate even if you stop heating the jar. Therefore, once you feel that the dye has been evenly dispersed on both sides to your liking, you can stop the heat and rotate it manually.
Allow the marbled candles to cool for approximately one hour. During this time, the colors will continue to swirl more. Then, trim the wick to about 1/4" above the top of the candle. Set the swirl candles aside for a few days to allow them to cure before the first burn.
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