Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Eggshell Candle Tutorial

Want to dress up your table for the spring holidays? Try these lovely eggshell candles. Make them for yourself, or include them in a spring product line. These candles are unique and will attract attention from customers or family and friends.

Supplies needed:
Double Boiler
Candle thermometer
Wooden spoon
Wax (your choice suitable for container candles)
Eggs
Thumbtack
Glass containers (for egg yolks and whites)
Easter egg dye
Scissors
Newspaper
Wicks for your chosen wax for a 1-2 inch diameter candle
Egg cups
Wood matches
Candle fragrance

You will need approximately ½ ounce of wax per egg, plus a little extra to be on the safe side. I recommend using about 8 ounces of wax for one dozen eggshell candles. Lay newspaper where you will be working for easy clean-up. This is a two step process.

First, you must prepare the eggs. Using a thumbtack, pierce a hole in the top and bottom of the egg. One hole should be tiny. The other hole should be gently made to 1 cm in diameter using the thumbtack. If you do not mind throwing away the contents of the eggs, simply turn the large hole over a container and drain the contents of the egg. The little hole can be used to gently blow the yolk out if the egg if it does not empty easily. If you hate to waste food, you can use the eggs in an omelet, or you can separate the eggs. The white will empty into one container first. In another container, gently blow threw the small hole to get the yolk out. Now you can use the separated eggs to make a lemon meringue pie.

Rinse the eggs. Using an Easter egg dying kit, dye the emptied eggs following the directions included with the kit. Allow to dry. You can gently break off very small pieces of egg shell to open it up for your candle. Do not worry about jagged edges as this enhances the look of the candle. Place the eggs in egg cups for stability.

Once thoroughly dry you can set up the wicks. Cut the wicks a couple inches longer than the depth of the eggshell. Tie the extra wick to the center of a matchstick. Carefully rest the matchstick across the opening of the eggshell so that the wick falls straight to the bottom of the eggshell.

Melt your wax at 160 degrees Fahrenheit (or the temperature indicated with use of your chosen wax) in a double boiler. To keep things simple, leave your wax uncolored or white. Add fragrance and stir into wax. You can separate the wax and color it to match each eggshell, if you prefer.

Once the wax is melted, you can carefully pour it into the eggshells. Fill the wax to about one-half to three-quarters full. Allow the wax cool. Since the eggs are delicate, you will need to package them well if you plan on selling them. Resting the eggs in a box of Easter grass in a little basket is a lovely way to display or sell your candles. However, the candles should be placed in egg cups before burning them. Enjoy your spring eggshell candles!

2 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, how adorable is this tutorial? Love love love it!

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  2. Very cute! I'm your newest follower!

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