Friday, June 26, 2009

All About Dipped Candles

Dipped candles are thin and tapered. They are also known as "taper candles".



  • Paraffin
  • Candle dye
  • Wick, rolled


  • Tall, narrow container (like a jam jar)
  • Wax thermometer
  • Stick of wood
  • Stovetop pot


  • Prepare some wicks that are 60 cm (2 ft) long. Each wick will enable you to make 2 candles, 2 at a time. Melt the paraffin in a water bath (made with the jam jar, for example, in the stovetop pot).

  • When the wax reaches 71°C (160°F), soak the wicks in it for 5 minutes.

  • After the wicks have been permeated by the wax, remove them and let them cool, stretched to their full length, on parchment paper.
  • Color the wax by mixing in the dye a little at a time. Stir well so that the color is homogeneous throughout. Take note: the color of the hot wax is always darker than it will be when the wax cools.
  • When the wax reaches 71°C (160°F) again, begin dipping. Fold each wick in half and drape it over a wooden stick. Plunge the wicks into the wax for 3 seconds, remove, and repeat the step as many times as necessary (about 20 times).

  • For the last dipping, make the wax hotter (82°C/180°F) so that the candles will have a smooth look.


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