Something I have always loved about candle making is that it gives you the opportunity to invent something completely new. Whether it's creating a new shade of blue, a beautiful blend of scents, a unique candle decorating opportunity, or a combination, the choice is yours.
Like my stained glass candle, this marble candle was designed simply with leftover supplies from a mosaic stepping stone that I made. Instead of discarding extra marbles, I decided to repurpose them to decorate the jar walls of my candle, giving it a unique design that is different than anything I have ever seen in a store.
I would love to see what you come up with. Be sure to share your comments and pictures below!
Soy wax flakes, ~1 lb
Large cooking pot
Candle pouring can
Candle fragrances and colors (if desired)
Wick with clip
Wax adhesive (or wick keeper)
Step by Step:
1. Lay plastic bag on work area...it makes cleanup so much easier!
2. Attach wax adhesive to bottom side of wick clip. Scoop out wax adhesive with a butter knife and spread it with your fingers onto the bottom of the wick clip. Be generous with the wax so that it sticks more easily. Then adhere to center of Mason jar using a butter knife or other long object.
3. In the same way that wax adhesive was used to hold wick clip in place, attach to the flat side of each marble. Push marbles against inside wall of Mason jar; use a generous amount of wax and more marbles than desired, as pieces are prone to coming loose once hot wax is poured. To prevent too many pieces from falling, let the melted wax cool for as long as possible before pouring into jar.
4. Wrap wick around wooden skewer a few times, positioning skewer above top of jar so that wick within the jar stands straight up. The skewer will keep the wick in place while the candle wax is being poured. The flat skewers work best because they will not roll.
5. Fill large cooking pot with 1-2 inches of water.
6. Pour candle wax into candle wax melter. Then place candle wax melter into large cooking pot to create a double boiler. If it looks like I have more wax than you, it is because I probably do...I like to make several candles at once.
7. Bring water in large cooking pot to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium-high, and allow candle wax to melt, stirring occasionally to break up the wax.
8. And we're done! Allow wax to cool for a few minutes. Then add any fragrances or colors.
9. Carefully pour candle wax into the Mason jar, leaving at least 1/2 inch from the top. If you are concerned that you might spill, place a plate underneath to catch the wax. Allow to cool at room temperature for at least one hour...wax will begin to turn opaque as it dries. I usually avoid the refrigerator because it leads to bubbles forming in the wax, but if you like that design, go for it!
10. Remove wick from skewer, and cut so that it extends 1/4 inch above the height of the candle.
11. Complete by tying a decorative ribbon onto Mason Jar lip. Set candle out to decorate.
12. Allow candle to sit for 24 hours before using.
Note: For holidays, create fabulous centerpieces using white candles interspersed with holly bush cuttings; lining the holly bush leaves with silver or gold glitter glue will make the centerpiece really pop. Or learn how to use as part of Centerpiece Staging.
Because this is a potentially-dangerous project, it is not recommended for the kiddos. For kid-safe projects, check out the KIDS section.
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