How to Make Dipped Candles
Instead of pouring wax into molds to make homemade candles, small pillar candles or birthday candles can be made through the technique of dipping. Only dip items that are suitable for this purpose, such as suitably long wicks. Be careful not to drip melted wax onto any exposed skin and keep all body parts away from the wax. Always wear proper safety glasses when making homemade candles.
The easiest dipped candle to make is a mini taper or birthday candle. Use pliers to grasp a piece of flat braided wick such as a 12 Ply or 15 Ply and dip the wick repeatedly in any pillar or freestanding candle wax with a melt point higher than 140 degrees F melt point. Let cool between dips. Keep dipping until desired diameter matches your wick size. Hand dipped birthday candles really show how much you care about a person.
Another dipping technique involves the use of Pigment Dye. Pigment dyes can only be used to color the outside of the candle and will clog the wick if you color the core. Make a small batch of wax using .5 to 2 percent pigment dye. By dipping any freestanding candle into the mixture, you can transform its color almost instantly. Some people dip Pre-Made White Candles to instantly match any color scheme for any occasion. For an added touch of elegance, take a blunt instrument and carve designs into the over-dip so the core color shows through. Don’t limit yourself to pillars and votives. Our Apple Mold dipped halfway in brown makes a candle almost worth biting into, or our Christmas Tree Mold dipped halfway in white looks just like wintertime.