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Video:How to Make Balloon Candles

with Matt Ediger

Want to learn how to make balloon candles? Here, see step-by-step instructions so that you can do it at home.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Balloon Candles

Hi I'm Matt Ediger for About.com and today we'll be making balloon candles, I'll be using instructions from About.com's candle making site.

Information About How to Make Balloon Candles

Making candles can be a fun, cost effective, and family friendly activity with only a few necessary items you can add creative accents to your home. We'll show you the tools needed and the steps to make these quaint yet elegant pieces.

Supplies for Making Balloon Candles

What you'll need:
  • A small water balloon or several if you have helpers
  • A high melting point wax like hurricane wax IGI 1014, for instance. If you're not sure what wax to buy ask someone at your local craft store and they'll help you out
  • A twist tire or other small wire to hold while dipping into the wax
  • You can add fragrance or color to the wax if you desire
  • A melting pot these should be large enough to contain the wax with the balloon submerged
  • Eye protection is recommended as sometimes the balloon could burst causing the liquid wax to splatter

Instructions for How to Make Balloon Candles

Once you've got all the items together, fill the balloon with lukewarm water so as to lessen the chance of the balloon bursting. Fill the balloon about three quarters the way full. Tie off the balloon then attach the wire or twist tie. While you were filling your balloon you can start to melt your wax. Once it is completely melted you can move it off the burner and let cool down to around 150 degrees. It's wise to place a pan of some sort underneath the pot to catch any drips or spills. Now take your balloon and slowly dip it into the melted wax. Let it sit there for about a second then slowly pull it out. Before dipping again, let the newly formed candle cool for about 30 seconds. Soon and the semi-hardened wax will melt off and you'll be back to square one. You can run the candle under cool water to harden the wax but you run the chance of getting water droplets between the layers of wax, which will later cause bubbles on the surface.

If you choose to use the water bath method make sure to dry off your candle before re-dipping in the wax. You should continue to dip the candle in wax until a shell of about one quarter of an inch is achieved. After you're satisfied with the thickness of your candle, it's time to remove the balloon. Hold it over your sink and pierce the balloon to let out the water the balloon itself should release from the wax and pull out easily. Now you have a shell ready for candle project.

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