Over the last years a new trend appeared in the decorations field. Floating candles are a real success on the market, everybody likes them, they just give you a nice cozy, almost surrealistic feeling when you look at them. Floating candles can be combined with various scents providing a more relaxing atmosphere either at home or at work.
How to Make Floating Candles
Floating candles are very popular with many of us, they provide us a warm and comfortable feeling, when combined with an aromatic oil or any other preferred scent; the result can be something unique. If you love making your own candles, then the following advice will definitely help you.
First of all you must melt some pieces of wax using a boiler or any other pot you find appropriate. The molds and wicks must be prepared, I recommend the use of wick tabs. While the wax is melting keep an eye on it, use a thermometer eventually to see if the wax (paraffin) has reached 180 F. If the appropriate temperature has been reached you can now drop the colorant, to make it more interesting.
For scented floating candles this is the moment to add the scent or some undiluted aromatic oil, the amount of scent you add is up to you, it depends primarily on the size of the created candle but also on the place it will be used. For example if you’re going to use the floating candles outdoors, then more scent or oil must be added. After mixing the scent, pour the wax into the mold, be careful not to fill it because if it is filled it won’t float. After the wax has formed a thin solid surface you must insert the wick until it reaches the mold. The next step is to top off the candles and wait until it cools out, after several minutes pop the candle of the mold, cut the wick to 1.5 inches and try it on water.
Tips and Warnings referring Floating Candles
A common problem for any beginner is to make floating candles actually float, if you can’t avoid this frustrating issue try buying floating molds, it won’t be as much fun but at least you will be able to finish what you started. Don’t ever place your floating candles on oil or other inflammable substances, the result can be mostly unpleasant. Just remember, use these candles only on water.
When you manufacture your own candles be careful not to have children or pets around you, serious burns can be inflicted by boiling wax so take it seriously. Be careful where you throw wax remains, don’t throw it away in any pipe-based sink because once it is cooled you will have your house pipes blocked. Good luck!