Dipped candles (also known as 'taper
s' or 'tapered candles
are the ones that we classical
ly think of when
we picture a candle - long, slender candle
s. These also form
the basis of many other types of candles.
Dipped candles are often dipped in pairs with a long wick in an
upside-down 'U' shape. This allows a person to make more candles
at once (and also has other uses for more interesting
(the following instructions will make approximately 6 candles
10 inches tall and ~1/2 in diameter)
- Collect following items for use:
- Heat wax in a double boiler (saucepan and dipping can)
to 160F and maintain that heat.
- Upon complete melting of the wax, add the dye.
- Dip each pair of wicks (upside-down U shape) in wax for about 3
- Allow to each pair to cool for 1 - 4 minutes (depending on
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 until candles are of desired thickness.
- Heat up wax to 180F
- Give each candle a 3 second dip and allow to cool for about 3 minutes.
The purpose of this is to give a clean and smooth surface.
- Trip base of wax with a sharp knife - be careful to avoid fingerprints
in the finish.
If the candles that are produced are 'lumpy' then the wax is too cool.
Larger numbers of candles can be dipped at a single time with the use
of a rack or hoop (a bent out of shape coat hanger works well for this).
Wicks should be spaced about 3 candle diameters apart to give them
proper room to grow. Be aware that the frame will be substantially
heavier as the candles grow.