Prep your work area, laying down newspapers to protect surfaces. Then prep your pine cones. Tie the braided wick to the bottom of the pine cone and continue to wrap the wick around the pine cone several times working your way up to the top of the cone. Tie the wick to the top of the cone and leave enough wick to hold for dipping purposes. Continue to prep all of the pine cones.
Melt desired amount of wax in the double boiler to 180-190 degrees keeping in mind that it should be enough to adequately dip pine cones (1 lb is a good starting point.) Add desired fragrance and dye. Remember, a little goes a long way. Once wax has melted, remove wax from heat. The easiest step to do next is pour the melted wax into a dipping can or deep metal container. If your double boiler is deep enough, you can just keep the wax in the pot.
Alternative: If you don’t have a fireplace, you can still make and use these dipped pine cones as scented ornaments. Instead of wrapping a wick around the pine cone, tie it (or string) just at the top of the cone. Follow the remaining directions above. When the pine cone is dry, remove the wick or string and replace it with decorative ribbon. It will add color and scent to wherever you choose to hang it.
Whipped Snow Candles
Whipped candles go in and out of fashion. You might have seen them in the past as frosting on a “cake” candle or froth on a gel “beer” candle. The whipping technique is the same, so I if this is your first tutorial on whipped candles and you would like to try your hand at dessert or frosty beverage candles, you will follow the same instructions provided for snowy candles.
In this example, we are making a snow effect, which can be used on round candles like a snow ball or in little pots as table centerpieces or party favors.
1 lb Paraffin wax
1 tsp Vybar 103
Premade white round candle OR a premade white container candle (you may purchase these or make them yourself)
Mixer or wire whisk (you don’t mind getting wax on)
An old pan for the round candles
Fragrance (if desired)
Spatula or paint brush (optional)
Prep your work area, laying down newspapers to protect surfaces. Melt desired amount of wax in the double boiler to 180-190 degrees. One pound is a good starting point if you are only making a few candles, but the Vybar is 1 teaspoon for every pound of wax. Vybar is used to make the wax pure white. Add fragrance, if desired. Once wax has melted, remove wax from heat. Pour the melted wax into a dipping can or deep metal container. If your double boiler is deep enough, you can just keep the wax in the pot.
Allow the wax to cool just to the point that it congeals on the sides of the pot and a thin film forms across the top. Now using a mixer or wire whisk, whip the wax until it is thick and foamy. Once it looks like whipped cream, you are ready to apply it to the candles.
If making a snowball, holding the candle by the wick, dip it in the whipped wax. Then set it on the pan and allow it to cool for a minute. Once the wax seems to have set, using a spatula, paintbrush or wooden spoon, dab dollops of foamy wax on the bottom half of the round candle, so it looks like snow. Keep your spoon or brush in the wax when you are not using it so the wax doesn’t dry while you are working. Set the candle upside down and allow the candle wax to set. Then repeat this process for the top half of the candle until it looks like a snowball. Allow the candle to cool completely and trim the wick, if necessary.
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