If you’re a candle lover all candles are beautiful. No matter if they’re short or tall, skinny or fat, scented or not, candles are simply beautiful. You might already have quite a few candles around your house and each one of them looks different. There are lots of ways to change the appearance of a candle to be more suitable for a holiday or other occasion. Some of those ways can’t be reversed, but when you dip and dye candles, you can simply remove the dye whenever you want to change the look!
Use beeswax to create the unusual, striped candles that can have a holiday theme or just be tinted to create yet another unique candle in your collection. Bleached beeswax beads, found at any craft store, are just what you need to make striped candles. To add color to those stripes use bits and pieces of broken crayons from the bottom of your child’s toy box.
Set up a double-boiler to melt the beeswax beads. Or, use a slow cooker that features a non-stick insert. Melt the beads and shave about a quarter of a crayon into the wax. Stir this until it melts then you’ll be all set to dip the chosen candle(s). Hold the candle by the top and set it into the colored beeswax for a few seconds. Remove it, set it on a cookie sheet, and allow it to cool. It’s easy to peel beeswax off of most surfaces, and when it has hardened, you can simply pull it off your baking sheet, slow cooker or other implements.
As you dip another and another candle, the level of the dye will change. With each candle you dip the level of melted wax will diminish. Add a little more of the beeswax beads and crayon shavings, as needed, to keep the level the same. If you want, have a test candle which you can dip to check the level. The beeswax, after it’s dry, will peel right off of the test candle so you can use it again and again.
If you want to make sure that all the candles you dip will have the exact same band of color simply dip them all at the same time. If the pan isn’t large enough you can pour it into a different container, like a foil cake pan, and then dip them. Remember that the more candles you put in the dye at one time, the higher the band of color will rise.
Make striped tapers, pillars and other candles to suit your mood or a particular holiday. Dip white candles in red beeswax to make Christmas candles. You can even make bands with different hues. Dip the candle once in blue wax, for instance, remove some of the wax from the pan, add more crayon shavings, then dip again. The first band will be higher and lighter than the second, darker band.
Create beautiful candles for holidays or everyday. Make the candles as gifts or just to display in your own home. It’s fun to create the uniquely striped candles, but if you want to remove the stripes, simply peel away the beeswax!