How to Make a Crucible Candle
A simple, fun craft project for the whole family! It’s easy to make your own DIY candles at home with a few simple tools and ingredients. This post will walk you step-by-step through the process of how to make a crucible candle from start to finish.
You’ll need safety goggles and gloves, as well as an adult helper with hot glue gun experience. Finally, we’ll talk about what kind of wax is best for making candles and why you must use beeswax or soy wax instead of paraffin wax when possible. Let’s get started!
What Are The Things You’ll Need to Make a Crucible Candle?
Here’s what you’ll need to make a crucible candle:
- Wax (we used beeswax, but soy wax will work too)
- Silicone mold for making candles or cups with handles
- Hot glue gun and extra glue sticks
- Stepladder (optional)
- Plastic spoon or long-handled stirring stick
- Paper towels and plastic bags
- Small metal funnel or small cup/bowl
- Plastic wrap
- Long-handled lighter
Step by Step Guide: How to Make a Crucible Candle
Step 1: Prepare Your Materials.
Ready your materials before you begin. You can get everything you need from one craft store or dollar store, except a stepladder (if you don’t have one). All the materials in this post are pretty inexpensive and easy to find at your local art supply or discount store.
You’ll need beeswax for candles (or soy wax, which is made from soybeans). A pound of beeswax will make around four candles. You can also use paraffin wax if you want to, but it’s more expensive, and there are some health and environmental concerns with using paraffin over other types of waxes.
Step 2: Melt Your Beeswax.
You’ll need a heat-proof container that you don’t mind getting hot and messy to melt your wax. You can buy all different kinds of pots, bowls, etc., made especially for candlemaking or use a large bowl or pot. You’ll also need a heat-proof silicone mold if you’re not using something like cups instead.
Our recipe for beeswax candlemaking uses equal parts of beeswax and paraffin wax. This gives the candles a higher melting point, which helps them last longer and makes them less likely to rip or tear when they get old or if the wick is too high or too low.
Step 3: Add Paraffin Wax to Beeswax
Add water until there’s about an inch of water on top of the beeswax, then place your pot over very low heat. You can also use a steamer (if you have one) or a double boiler to get the beeswax melted. Ensure that none of your water gets into the wax since this can cause problems with your candle later on.
Step 4: Stir in Paraffin Wax.
Slowly stir (or whisk if you have one) equal parts paraffin and beeswax into the melted wax. If you’re using a double boiler, start with 10 parts of beeswax to 1 part paraffin and add more water if your wax isn’t melting.
Step 5: Pour the Melted Wax Mixture.
Pour the excess water from your pot, then pour in your candle mixture or cup/bowl slowly so that it fills each container about 2/3 of the way. Our recipe makes four candles, so we made each cup/bowl to hold two cups of melted wax mixture. If you don’t have silicone molds or bowls with handles, you can use a stepladder to pour your melted wax mixture into a mold.
Step 6: Smooth the Top
Use a long-handled spoon or spatula to smooth the tops of your molds/bowls. You can also use another spatula or plastic wrap to push down any bubbles that form on the surface of your wax.
Step 7: Let It Cool and Harden.
Once you’ve smoothed out your wax, put the bowl in a cool place where it won’t be disturbed. You can also wrap a towel around the top to hold any heat in, or you can wrap it and place it on a plate in the freezer if you need faster cooling. We left the candles for about two hours until they hardened enough to remove them from the molds.
Step 8: Remove Candle From the Mold
Use a long-handled utensil to remove your candles from their silicone mold or plastic bowls. It’s easiest if you wait until they have cooled off since the wax will pop out easier once it has hardened slightly. To keep any wax drippings in check, line your molds with plastic wrap or wax paper before pouring.
Step 9: Trim Wicks and Light Candles
Once you have removed your candle from its mold, trim the wick to about 1/4 of an inch using a pair of scissors. You can also use a long-handled lighter (or a match) to light your candles. Make sure your wick is centered and that there’s no smoke coming from the candle when you light it since this could indicate a wick that needs trimming or a hole in the wax.
Step 10: Enjoy!
Use these candles to illuminate dark spaces like bedrooms, bathrooms, or outdoor areas. You can also dip the candles in wax to make a surface that will hold melted wax for easy pouring and candlemaking. We covered the candles with six layers of wax, three-layer coats on the sides, one layer on top, and one on the bottom. This made them slightly thicker than they would be if you just dipped your candle once or twice.
You can learn how to make a crucible candle that has an amazing fragrance and is made with natural ingredients. The process for making the candles are simple, but you will need some basic equipment like a saucepan or double-boiler pot, wax (beeswax), wick, oil (coconut oil), and essential oils of your choice.
Crucible candles have been around since ancient times when they were used in religious ceremonies and burnt during funerals. They are now being revived because people love their warm glow on cold winter nights while enjoying the aroma each one produces from its unique blend of scents. If this sounds like something you would enjoy doing at home, then read more about it here!
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