Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Seascape Gel Candles Tutorial

Gel candles are so much fun. Here is an easy tutorial on making this Seascape Gel Candle.

Start by reading our previous post about gel candles which goes over some basic information and safety guidelines.

Supplies needed:
Melting pan
Candle thermometer
Plastic spoon
Gel candle wax (enough to fill container)
Clear glass containers
Blue liquid candle dye
Wick sustainer
Wax glue
Wick holder
Zinc core wick (for diameter of container)
Gel safe candle fragrance – Ocean scent
Embeddable objects – sand, seashells, small glass fish, etc.

As always, prep your work area with newspaper for easy clean up. Have all supplies ready and follow candle making safety guidelines.

First trim your wick to the height of your container plus 1 inch. Prime your wick in a small amount of hot gel wax. When cooled, push one end of the wick into the wick sustainer and squeeze the hole shut with pliers to hold the wick firmly. Use wax glue to secure the wick sustainer to the bottom center of the container. Attach the wick holder to the top of the container to secure the wick while the candle sets.

Add sand to the bottom of the container, followed by your seashells, glass fish, and other embeds. You’ll want to get some of them to stand up in the sand or along the inside of the container. Just play around with the scene until it reaches the desired effect. Heat the container in a warm oven at 175° F for 15 minutes.

Melt the gel wax in a melting pan over gentle heat to 195-210° F. Add a tiny amount of liquid candle dye. A little goes a long way, so you may want to dip a toothpick in the dye and swirl the toothpick in the wax. Too much dye will cause the wax to be more opaque and less transparent. Allow the wax to cool to below 170° F and add your gel safe candle fragrance.

Carefully pour your wax into the container. To avoid dips in the sand, try to pour the wax down the inside of the container but below the desired fill line. If you want a fish to “float” above the sand level, you can pour an inch of wax and allow it to set for about 10 minutes, then place the fish in the desired position and add the remaining wax.

When the wax has set and cooled, remove the wick holder and trim the wick to ¼ inch. Bubbles in this candle are perfectly acceptable since it mimics the ocean. If you want extra bubbles in a gel candle project, try stirring the gel with a skewer after it has been poured.

There are a variety of alternatives for a seascape gel candle. You can opt to skip the sand and only include pretty seashells, or you can use colored sand for a layered affect as shown in the blue and white candle. You can also color your wax another color besides blue. Many creative candle makers have designed gorgeous green, pink or purple nautical gel candles. The possibilities are endless, so use your creativity and design your own seascape candle. I encourage you to send me photos of your candle projects to include on this blog. We'd love to see what you are up to.

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  1. Beautiful candle, if you want to check out how to make any kind of gel candles like this one then I suggest http://hubpages.com/hub/make-gel-candles

  2. Hi
    Interesting tutorial. Won't the embedded objects like fish etc burn down with the wax?


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