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Making Floating and Mini Candles
  • Difficulty Beginner
  • Time 30 mins

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Floating candles are really easy to make, so have fun! The main thing to remember is that NOT ALL moulds will be correctly proportioned to make a floater! As you can see by our picture, the froggies actually are floating better when upside down! So if using our frog mould, we recommend upside down. For other style/design moulds, you will need to make a "test blank" candle (this can be remelted afterwards) and then see if it floats well. You won't need to wick the test wax blank, just make one to test-float.

What you need:

  • Beeswax 
  • Fragrance if desired
  • Candle Colours if desired
  • Stirring Stick, chopstick or kebab stick
  • Wicks or offcuts from Wicks 
  • Heating Vessel for the wax
  • Suitable mould


Safety notice - NEVER leave the heating wax unattended. Occasionally stir the wax whilst melting to ensure that it melts evenly and doesn’t burn. Follow regular wax melting/candle making safety recommendations

Instructions

  • Melt Beeswax at a temperature of around 70°C
  • Prepare work area and wicks, colour etc.
  • Cut wick into 2 cm pieces whilst the wax is melting
  • Cover work surface with newspaper - any spills will absorb into the newspaper
  • Lay out a thin, wooden kebab skewer, pop stick for stirring, mould, colour, fragrance etc
  • If using fragrance (and you don't need to use either for floaters) add this now. Stir in the fragrance and colour completely to ensure a clean and even burn. We recommend a fragrance load of 5 % (this is approximately 5 mls/g per 95g of Wax)

  • Allow wax to cool to approximately 60 C degrees, before you pour into the un-wicked mould. Don't overfill (you can see I did overfill my mould!!)
  • Once just cool and set sufficiently hard to unmould, peel the mould back a little and ease out your froggies!

  • Now's the time to work quickly and thank goodness they are wax frogs! As in the photograph, carefully "skewer" a hole into each candle and then remove the skewer - this will take the wick.

  • Now insert a piece of wick into each hole. By using pre-primed wick segments, these will slide easily into the hole left by the skewer

  • Trim wick as necessary with sharp scissors
  • Allow your candles to cure for 48 hours before burning. The longer you wait for a cure time, the better the scent throw will be

General Candle Burning Tips

  • Make sure your wick is trimmed to about a 0.5cm (¼ inch)
  • It is important for clean burning to keep the wick trimmed
  • When you first burn a candle for the first time, burn for 1 hour for every 2.5 cm (1 inch) of its diameter, then extinguish. This helps prevents tunnelling
  • Make sure you place the candle is on an even, heat–resistant surface whilst lit. Use a special saucer or plate and never leave burning candle unattended

Trouble-shooting

  • If the wick “drowns” in liquid wax the most likely cause is the wick is too small for your candle
  • If the candle smokes when burning, and it is not in a draught, then the wick is too large. Replace with a smaller size wick
  • If the candle burns to one side, the candle is either burning in a draught, or the wick is off centre