Video:How to Make a Basic Pillar Candlewith Jennifer D'amore
Pillar candles make great gifts and are easy and fun to make. This video shows you how to make a basic pillar candle at home.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Make a Basic Pillar CandleHi I'm Jen D'Amore for About.com, and this video is all about how to make a pillar candle.
Tools Need to Make a Pillar Candle
- A pillar candle mold
- Pots or a Crockpot
- Color chips
- A long wick
- A wick holder or straw
- A stirring stick
- A mold release, we'll use olive oil
- A glue gun
- High heat hot glue
First, Prep the Candle MoldPrep your mold with a light coat of olive oil. Thread the wick through the hole and knot it. Seal the hole using high heat hot glue. Use a wick holder, a straw, or a chopstick to secure the wick at the other end, and leave extra wick.
Prep Your Workspace Before Making the CandlePrep your workspace by laying down plastic, and using a tray. A grate is also helpful so your candle can stay level, even with the knot and glue beneath it. The thrift store is a great place to pick up inexpensive pots that can be dedicated to candle making. Once you put the wax in, you're not going to want to use them for anything else.
Melt the Candle Wax Slowly and Pour into MoldUsing a double boiler or Crockpot, slowly melt the wax. Start with the lowest temperature and be patient. Keep an eye on the wax as it heats, if it starts to smoke, remove it from the heat. Once it's fully melted, add color chips, and fragrance. Next, simply pour it into your mold, and let it set.
Allow Candle to Fully Solidify and CureWhen it's solid, and ready to be released, untie the knot on the wick holder at the open side of the candle. Hold each end of the wick. You'll be able to slide the wick through the candle so pull the knot away from the hole, at least a half inch and cut it. Make sure you still have wick sticking out the other side. Next, tap the mold and gently release the candle. What was the bottom of the mold is now the top of the candle. Trim the wick if necessary. Allow the candle to continue to cure for at least 24 hours.
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