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Snow Candles

posted 24 Jul 2011, 11:04 by judith scales   [ updated 26 Jul 2011, 12:20 ]
Our first project will be to create "Snow" candles , nothing nicer than a christmas display with candles made over with a snow like effect in stunning white and sparkling just like new fallen snow.
First you must decide what shape you want, either a pillar , a taper or a snowball and either make or purchase your candle blank that you want to snow, enuring it has fully set and hardened, ready to accept a layer of snow wax
The best way to create snow is in a tupperware container and one sized 300mm x 150mm x 100 mm high is ideal , otherwise you cannot get a taper into the container, but you do not want it too big as you will have to make much more snow wax.
Layout all your materials and tools before you start, as you have to work fairly quickly when "snowing" base candles, and set down a folded clean towel or non fibrous cloth , beside your working area, this is to lay your snow tapers on whilst cooling, as a cold hard surface will flatten one side of the taper.
Mix your paraffin wax and stearin, approx 1 kg is a good working batch and melt completely, when fully melted, add the chalky white dye in accordance with the dye instructions to create a milky white wax molten solution, stirring well.
Pour half the molten mixture into the tupperware container, so you have a level of about 15mm and allow to cool, the wax will start to set around the container edges and on the surface, as this setting takes place, using a table fork, scrape the setting wax away from the sides and surface so as to form a thick paste, like wax in partial molten wax, keep doing this until you have a container full of whipped wax looking like mash potato. 
Keep adding molten milky white wax wax and stir gently to form a slush, similar to wet snow, so that you have sufficient wax to cover the candle surfaces completely.
At this point immerse you candle base within the slush covering the complete blank, by holding the wick and using the fork to heap the wax slush upon the base surfaces, it does not matter about how much covers at this point, but what is happening is the heat from the molten slush is also penetrating the candle blank, both softening its surface and providing a bonding surface for the snow layer.
Do not press the wax onto the candle heap it on so it rests against the surface, after 15-30 seconds depending on your candle blank size , gently pull the candle by the wick from the slush pile ensuring all sides are coated.
With the candle suspended above the container , gently using a the fork remove the excess snow slush, do not pres hard or you will get marks from the fork tines and even out any high points on the candle, so that the candle has a layer of snow like wax covering it.
When satisfied with your snow effect, and with Pillar candles or snowballs, just lower sharply onto a hard clean surface, and this will flatten the molten wax on its base, then leave to set.
If making snow tapers, then gently lay the taper down on the soft towel and leave for 2-3 minutes to set partiallly. After that time lift the taper into your hand gently so as not to squeesze your snow effect, as the candle is still very warm at this point, and will have softened.
Talking a ordinary table knife , run around the circumference to the depth of the added snow, at approx 20-25 mm from the end of the candle, at the same time twist this end piece and remove the small cap of snow wax , to reveal the original taper base, which will then still fit into a standard candlestick. Leave to set overnight. 
Next day, take your snowed effect candle , using a soft brush apply pearlised / irridescent gliitter paint , to give that sparkle all over look of fresh snow, allow glitter paint to dry for 24 hours and you have you "Snow " candles.
Optionally, whilst making the milky white snow, add a christmas fragrance , which will add to your snow candle when burnt, by giving off a wonderfull christmas smell, but make sure you use a clear coloured fragrance oil, or this will discolour your snow. You could alos use some snow to put in the top of your container candle to give that christmassy feeling.
You can also use this technique for preparing whipped wax, for making cream cakes or other types of candles which have whipped cream on them such as cup cakes or even ice cream candles.Remember white dyes are particulate and suspend particles in the solution, you cannot make a solid white candle as the dye would clog the wick and give bad burning results.
All the materials for this project will be available from our webstore and we shall later create a download attachment for you and add some helping hand pictures.