Today I tried my hand at the ancient tradition of dipping candles. I decided upon the color black but after the chips melted they were purple. Both my daughter and husband informed me it was purple but I was in denial and said it was simply grey and added more dye.

Dipped CandlesYou can dip candles two at a time if you use a long enough wick. It also helps to have a weight on each end so that the wick isn’t floating off everywhere. My husband was kind enough to rifle through his tackle box to get me a couple fishing sinkers which I used for weights.

Next I dipped both wick ends into the heated wax. I probably did it over fifty times. People who did this frequently must have had very good arms because I was feeling it.

After dipping them into the hot wax, plunge them into cold water. I used a wide juice jug that was close by for that purpose. After a couple seconds, dip them into the wax again until you have them built up as wide as you want.

Dipped CandlesAfter they looked thick enough I hung them on a nail to dry. A few hours later I cut off the weights. If you use a coffee can they will only be so long because cutting the weights shortens the candle further. It was still fun and I’m happy with my stubby dipped tapered candles.

By SandraW




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  1. Dipped Tapered Candles · Craft Gossip :: Craft Blog Network on August 8, 2007 6:59 pm

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