And of course you will need
a container. The best container for a gel candle is glass, so
people can see the embeds you put inside the candle, but any
non-flammable container would do. You can use any glass, wine
glass, or even a small wide vase, but your container should be
at least 2 inches in diameter. Garage sales and second hand stores
are gold mines, when it comes to candle containers.
For embeds you can use anything
non-flammable - colored aquarium gravel, marbles, glitter, sand,
sea shells, pebbles, crystals, polished stones, artificial jewels
Steps to making a gel candle
1. Place a little bit of hot
glue in the center of the container bottom. Stick the wick in
it and let the glue set.
2. Cut the gel into small pieces
so it melts faster and more evenly. Melt it in a stainless steel
pot over a medium heat.
3. The trickiest part is the
temperature - you should get it to exactly 200°F, because
overheated gel looses its clarity. For that, you will need a
4. Maintain the temperature
at 200°; all the gel should melt and become smooth, like
5. Add color dye to the melted
gel, a little bit at a time, until you get the desired color
- remember, you can always add more dye to make the color stronger,
but you cant take dye
away. For a candle with embedded objects, you should use only
a little color, so the objects remain visible
6. Add the fragrance - 1/3 teaspoon
for each glass of melted gel will give it a nice scent. For a
stronger scent, add a bit more fragrance.
7. Heat the container in the
oven or microwave to about 150-160°F. This will help to reduce
the appearance of bubbles
8. If you want to use embeds,
dip them in hot gel first and then arrange them in the container
as you like. It is better to keep the objects closer to the sides
of the container - they will be easier to see, this way.
9. Now it is time to pour your
gel into the container. Place your container on a level surface
and pour the gel slowly and carefully down the side. If it is
your first time, you will probably get a few bubbles; to avoid
that, the gel should be still very hot.
10. Pull the wick up. Roll it
on a pencil to keep it straight.
11. Let the candle cool. Trim
the wick and you are done! You have a beautiful, unique gel candle,
made by yourself.