Abigayle Hermiston is a devoted candle artisan with a love for the craft that spans over ten years. Her passion lies in exploring and creating captivating scents and designs. Through her personal blog and various workshops, she takes joy in sharing her profound knowledge and love for candle crafting.
Water candles are a unique and beautiful type of candle that creates a mesmerizing effect when lit. If you're wondering how to make water candles, you've come to the right place! In this guide, I'll walk you through the step-by-step process of creating your own water candles.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
To make water candles, you'll need the following supplies:
- A glass container or vase
- Candle wax (I recommend using soy wax or beeswax)
- Candle dye (optional)
- Fragrance oil (optional)
- Decorative elements (such as flowers, pebbles, or seashells)
Step 2: Prepare the Glass Container
Start by cleaning your glass container thoroughly to ensure it's free of any dirt or debris. You can also decorate the container by adding some decorative elements at the bottom. This will add a personal touch to your water candle.
Step 3: Attach the Wick
Take your candle wick and attach it to the bottom of the glass container using a small amount of melted wax. Make sure the wick is centered and straight.
Step 4: Melt the Candle Wax
Next, melt your candle wax in a double boiler or a microwave-safe container. If you're using soy wax, heat it to around 185°F (85°C). If you're using beeswax, heat it to around 160°F (71°C). Stir the wax gently until it's completely melted.
Step 5: Add Color and Fragrance (Optional)
If you want to add color to your water candle, now is the time to do it. Add a few drops of candle dye to the melted wax and stir well to distribute the color evenly. If you prefer scented candles, you can also add a few drops of fragrance oil to the melted wax and stir well.
Step 6: Pour the Wax
Carefully pour the melted wax into the glass container, making sure not to disturb the wick. Fill the container almost to the top, leaving a small space for the water.
Step 7: Add Water
Once the wax has cooled and solidified, fill the remaining space in the container with water. Be careful not to pour the water directly onto the wick, as this can extinguish the flame.
Step 8: Light the Candle
Now, it's time to light your water candle! Use a long-reach lighter or a match to light the wick. As the flame burns, it will create a beautiful reflection on the water surface, giving your candle a magical and calming effect.
Remember, safety is always important when working with candles. Never leave a burning candle unattended and keep it away from flammable materials. Enjoy the soothing ambiance and beauty of your homemade water candle, and don't forget to experiment with different colors, scents, and decorative elements to create your own unique designs! If you're interested in learning more, consider joining a candle making class near you.