I think I want to personalize our ceremony a little more by making our unity candle. Like, buying/making a mold, picking wax colors, heating/pouring the wax, swirling the wax, sticking in the wick, and engraving/painting our names and wedding date on it (uhhh that might be really hard to do). I might be crazy considering I have NEVER made a candle in my life before, I have no idea how much work, practice or trail and error this entails, I have no idea how expensive supplies are, and I’ve certainly never engraved/carved anything before. But I love the idea that something so symbolic would be hand made with love.
We like square shaped unity candles (the 3X3x9 type).
How do I do this!? Has anyone made candles before? What supplies do I need? Where do I purchase the supplies? Is it expensive? How long does it take? Can I make it multi-colored? How do I engrave or paint it? Do you have step-by-step instructions?
We aren’t doing a unity candle but I do make candles. It is easy. I use palm wax most the time. Beeswax is expensive and soy has a different feel to it.
I prefer liquid color over color chips/blocks but it doesn’t really matter. You can find video on youtube if you want to see people make them before you try it. It is kind of messy but fun. You will be glad you made your own unity candle! It is cheaper to make your own anyways.
Someone has a pretty set pics up in DIY I think, bought plain candles but printed names etc, nice font, on vellum, then wrapped it around, added ribbon etc. Looks really professional, and lovely. Your idea’s great, if you have the time/ inclination for the practice runs etc!
You will need to protect the area you will be making this in. I had the color stain my counter. you have to use a double boiler or something like it. DO NOT heat directly over heat.
-medium sauce pan
-wooden stick or something to stir it with.
-mold (of your choice)
-wick (make sure it is the proper size or it will not burn properly)
-thermomater (Don’t let it get over 200 it can start a fire)
I have never used the mold release spray. The palm wax slide right out when it is completely cooled. You will find a lot of info on candlescience.com also if you order from candlescience as you check out there will be a link you can click on for a free sample of a scent I use it everytime I order from them.
Add the color and scent right before you are ready to pour it in the mold.
I am sorry this is choppy I am not very good at putting things down in words. Any questions feel free to ask.
I am starting to make my votives for our wedding (we need a LOT hehe). I forgot to mention if you decide to make your own candle make sure you have some melted wax left over to top off as it cools (it will shrink).
Paraffin wax shrinks BAD! My experience with paraffin wax has been a bad one. I made a round pillar and it deformed badly (to the point of not being able to burn it anymore) a few hours into burning it. If you are using it for your unity candle it shouldn’t be a problem. I usually use palm wax and it is a lot harder than paraffin (harder wax, not harder to use LOL).
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