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Project: a marbled candle without special effects wax

As you may have learned from the article titled special effects waxes, there are specialty waxes that give your candles a special "look", like for example a marbled effect.
Of course, these kinds of specialty waxes are quite expensive and can be hard to find if you're not in the United States... But I will now show you a simple and original technique you can use to make candles with a fantastic marbled look without specialty waxes or any additive other than the good old stearic acid.
Focus on this nice and little known technique...



Specifications
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Time needed: about one hour


  • Supplies needed
  • 1 Kg of a paraffin and stearin mixture (90%/10%),
  • candle dye, white and another contrasting color (black, purple, red or any other marble-related color),
  • one wicking needle,
  • one primed, tabbed wick,
  • two rectangular plates with edges. One of approximately 40x30cm, the other of approximately 30x20cm (like furnace plates),
  • freezer paper (lots of it),
  • one rolling pin,
  • one measuring rod (preferably metallic),
  • one round-ended knife,
  • one hair drier (optional),
  • one thermometer.
  • and of course the usual supplies: double boiler, pouring jugs...

    Note
    For this project, you will need to prepare simultaneously two batches of paraffin of different colors.
    This means that you will need not only two pouring/melting jugs but also two double boilers or only one big enough to accomodate both jugs at the same time.


    Make the candle

    1 As usual, make sure that your work area is clean and you have enough place to work comfortably and safely. Gather all the supplies you will need for this project.
    In the double boiler, start melting the two batches of paraffin/stearin. You will have to pour both of them at the same time. You need twice as much white wax than coloured wax.
    For a better effect, add some white candle dye to the batch of white wax: uncolored paraffin tends to have a "dirty white" look that the use of a little white dye will prevent.
    While the wax is melting, prepare your two furnace (or other) plates: cover them entirely, edges included, with freezer paper. You will need the plates later on to create two wax sheets.
    In the largest plate, you will cut two white wax sheets of the same size (about 30cm x 10cm). In the small plate, you will cut out a coloured wax sheet of the exact same size.



    2 When both batches of wax are ready to pour, remove the pouring jugs from the double boiler and wipe their surface with paper towels or an old kitchen towel; this will prevent water from mixing with the wax when you empty the jugs into the furnace plates.

    Make sure both plates are perfectly level so that your wax sheets will have a regular thickness then pour the wax: the white wax into the large plate, the coloured one into the small plate. The goal is to obtain wax sheets with an average thickness of 7, 8 mm.


    3 Let the wax set up and wait until it has cooled sufficiently. This will take an average of ten minutes, although it can vary in function of the thickness of the wax sheets and the room temperature.

    To check if the wax is ready to be handled, slightly push a finger in a corner of the wax sheet: if you do not feel any resistance and your finger leaves a pronounced hole in the wax, it means it's too early; you'll need to wait a little longer.


    4 Once the wax has reached the right consistency, gently remove freezer paper and wax sheet from the furnace plates and put the latters out of the way, you won't need them anymore.

    Caution
    From now on and until the very end of this project, you will have to work quicly: the wax won't remain soft and kneadable for a long time.
    If it ever looses its softness while you're busy, reheat it by exposing it to the hot blow of a hair drier.


    Using a knife with a round end (to avoid damaging the freezer paper sheet underneath), cut out two rectangles about 30cm x 10cm in size. Cut out a single, same-sized rectangle in the couloured white wax sheet.


    5 Make a kind of lasagna by putting the coloured wax rectangle on top of one of the white ones. The second white sheet comes above the coloured one.
    Put this new, bicoloured wax sheet on the large sheet of freezer paper you used to create the two white sheets.


    6 Roll your "lasagna" to give it a cylindric shape and put it in the middle of one half of the freezer paper sheet.


    7 Fold up the other half of the freezer paper sheet on top of the other to create a kind of "bag" where the wax cylinder will be kept captive.
    Now, knead energetically the cylinder with your hands (like you would with bread dough) and turn it into a ball. The goal here is to mix both colours as thoroughly as possible. At regular interval, open the "bag" to check if there's no prevalence of one colour in some places. If that's the case, push that color towards the inside of the wax ball and keep on kneading.


    8 When the result resembles what you can see on picture 8, stop kneading and put the wax ball on a new freezer paper sheet. Cover it with yet another new sheet of the same paper.


    9 Using the rolling pin, flatten the wax ball (rotate it at regular interval to ensure a uniform result). Continue until the wax ball has turned into a wax sheet about 2,5 centimeters thick.


    10 Remove the top freezer paper sheet and, using the measuring rod and the knife, cut out a square of approximately 8 x 8 centimeters. Try and cut perfectly vertically: you want your candle to have straight sides.

    Note
    When I shooted this project, I didn't use a measuring rod. I should have: my square is slightly trapezoid and its sides ain't exactly straight :-(


    11 While the wax is still soft, use the wicking needle to drill a hole through the center of your wax square.
    This will allow you, when the wax has completely cooled off, to thread the wick.


    12 When the wax has entirely solidified (after an average 2 or 3 hours), flip the square to see which side you like most.
    Then, thread a primed, tabbed wick through the hole you made in the previous step. Make sure you display the side of the candle you prefer.

    So that's it, your marbled candle is finished! I don't know what you think about that but I sure think it imitates the noble look of marble better than any specialty wax that generally costs at least 5 times more than the very basic paraffin/stearin mixture we've just used!
    A great marbled look without any special wax or additive
    A great marbled look without any special wax or additive

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    Melt the two batches of paraffin and cover the furnace plates with freezer paper
    1Melt the two batches of paraffin and cover the furnace plates with freezer paper

    Pour the white paraffin in the large plate and the coloured one in the small plate
    2Pour the white paraffin in the large plate and the coloured one in the small plate

    Wait for the wax to cool off enough to be cuttable
    3Wait for the wax to cool off enough to be cuttable

    Cut out two identical rectangles in the white wax and one of the same size in the coloured one
    4Cut out two identical rectangles in the white wax and one of the same size in the coloured one

    Put the wax rectangles on top of each other in the following order: white, coloured, white
    5Put the wax rectangles on top of each other in the following order: white, coloured, white

    Roll up the wax plates to give them a cylinder shape
    6Roll up the wax plates to give them a cylinder shape

    Pack the wax cylinder in a large sheet of freezer paper and knead it energetically
    7Pack the wax cylinder in a large sheet of freezer paper and knead it energetically

    When the two colors are mixed thoroughly, place the wax ball onto a new sheet of freezer paper
    8When the two colors are mixed thoroughly, place the wax ball onto a new sheet of freezer paper

    Cover with yet another sheet of freezer paper and flatten it with the rolling pin
    9Cover with yet another sheet of freezer paper and flatten it with the rolling pin

    Using the measuring rod and the knife, cut a 8 centimeters square out of the flattened wax plate
    10Using the measuring rod and the knife, cut a 8 centimeters square out of the flattened wax plate

    Drill a hole for the wick and let cool off completely
    11Drill a hole for the wick and let cool off completely

    Your marbled candle is finished. Isn't it beautiful?
    ENDYour marbled candle is finished. Isn't it beautiful?

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