It’s easy to make your own candle. My prototype is complex but simple forms are usually best for candles. Hover over each image to see the steps that I take, or double click on the image to enlarge:
Air-dried clay can be bought at Walmart or Dick Blick’s
I glued this form Upside down to a board with hot glue, after I straightened the top
Here I used sheet metal and tape to make the Mother Mold. Be creative! Remember, you must be able to open this outer mold after silicone has been poured in.
Slice through silicone with a sharp knife to remove prototype
Some forms require support from the Mother Mold, this one did not. I added fragrance & color from http://www.justbynature.com.
Candle may be painted using wax paint from http://www.Uchida.com
To save you a lot of aggravation I have a couple of important tips that I have learned along the way.
1. You can use a variety of products to cast your mold with. Smooth On is a great company with helpful videos and numerous products for the job at hand. Be very aware that the Platinum cure silicons will NOT set up if you use plasticine clay for your prototype so don’t use it. For small projects, Walmart or Dick Blick’s have good air-dried clays.
2. Silicone sneaks out of any little crevice, so your wooden box mold (or metal as I have used here), MUST be leak proof. After you have screwed up all the edges, (or taped it as I have done here), use a hot glue gun to glue the box down around your sculpture, and then run glue up along all edges to make a tight seal. Run it around the bottom as well, and have it ready to use should you find it beginning to leak as you are pouring in the silicone.
3. When you are pouring your candle wax into the prepared mold, pour about a third at a time, and rotate the mold allowing it to flow into undercuts and eliminate air bubbles. At tricky spots that tend to create missed areas, you can rub with a tool of some kind to allow the wax to get into those areas.
Good Luck! Hope you have as much fun creating candles as I’m having. The smell of real beeswax is so intoxicating you might just decide to take up beekeeping as I did!
Posted in How it's Made
Tagged candlemaking, casting, DIY, how to make a candle, Just By Nature, make your own candle, moldmaking, Sculpted Candle, silicone, Smoothon, Uchida
(BSH11) 11" h x 3.5" w x 3" d
$20 Sacred Heart Candle. Click HERE to purchase.
1. I love the smell of beeswax! I keep some close to my bedside because the fragrance is so relaxing.
2. Beeswax candles burn without smoking, as paraffin candles do. Who wants to breathe in a petroleum based product like paraffin, anyways?
3. Beeswax candles burn longer than paraffin candles.
4. Certain religious traditions favor the use of devotional candles cast in beeswax because the rich substance typifies well, the blessed body of Christ, born of the Virgin Mary.
5. It takes a lot of bee work to create beeswax so it is a costly material. I have blended a mixture of 1/2 beeswax & 1/2 soy wax (an all plant product) to cast my candles, allowing me to keep the prices reasonable. You can request your candle to be cast in PURE beeswax if you would prefer, for an extra $8.
Posted in Sculpted Candles
Tagged bee keeping, beekeeping, beeswax, candlemaking, casting, christian traditions, devotion, liturgical, religious candles, Sacred Heart, Sculpted Candle, soy wax, why
I was born and raised a Protestant girl, but I have been drawn for many years now to the touching symbolism of the Sacred Heart. According to Wikipedia: “The Sacred Heart is a religious devotion to Jesus‘s physical heart as the representation of divine love for humanity.”
As a novice beekeeper I have been intrigued with the shape of the natural honeycomb that bees build. It reminds me of the Sacred Heart!
Soon I will make available candles cast in a natural mixture of beeswax and soy. The first candle beeing offered is the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It only seems fitting to me. Here is a glimpse of the clay prototype, nearly completed. Please check back for the finished product! It will be available in both Natural and Detailed Colors.
Posted in My Diary, Sculpted Candles
Tagged bee keeping, beekeeping, beeswax, candlemaking, candles, cast candles, devotion, divine love, heart, Jesus, light, purity, religious, religious candles, Sculpted Candles, Sculpted Portrait, statuary, The Sacred Heart of Jesus