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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Make Your Own Ocean Gel Candles


 
Making your own candles is always a rewarding process.These days, gel candles are gaining huge popularity because they burn for a much longer time than wax candles and are so much easy to make and because of their transparent nature, they are just awesome to look at.I love working with Gel Candles.They make wonderful little decorations for around your home and are a great option for gifting, be it any occasion. 


The transparent nature of gel also allows you to show off your creativity.You can embed small and pretty , but non- flammable objects like glass beads.....sea shells.....crystals....jewels...pearls....sand....charms....just about anything that catches your fantasy. You can as well make themed gel candles by using your objects accordingly. 

Here I am sharing the process for making a Ocean Gel Candle.Glassware is the best option for making these gel candle.Trust me, making gel candles is a fun filled activity. Once you start , there's gonna be no stopping for your creativity!!!!


Materials Used:-
Gel Wax
Wicks
Sea Shells
Tooth Pick
Decorative Beads and Pearls
Votive Jars



This is the Gel Wax I used for my candles. They just look like jelly and are fun to play with. I had a tough time getting back my wax from my kiddo, who chose to make cup cakes out of these in her Role Play Oven Set.
   
 
Take small pieces of the wax.




Use double boiler to melt the wax. You can also choose to melt it in oven. Directly heating it over the stove top sometimes makes it catch flames.So, better be safe, right!!!!

Take two containers. One for pouring water and the other for melting the wax.Pour water in the bottom pan,and put the wax pieces in another container and put it on bottom pan.Start heating.Keep your burner on the lowest temperature so that it doesn't burn up your wax.




Meanwhile get your supplies ready.

I have used artificial beads ...pearls...and sea shells. 

I got all my candle supplies online.







Once everything is ready, start by sticking the candle wicks to the bottom of the votive jars.

I have seen most of the people using Glue Gun to stick the wicks.But that didn't work out with me. I tried glue gun and when I poured the wax and let it set, they turned foggy.


Then, what's the other way out???? Simply dip the wick in melted wax and put it in the votive and hold it just for few minutes untill the wax hardens. This works best!!!




Now, arrange the decorative objects.



Use toothpicks to hold the wicks in place which may sway once you pour the wax.


Gently pour the wax into the votive.


When you pour the wax directly....you may end up with bubbles!!! Bubbles ....bubbles everywhere......!!! ....what do you do...???? Here is one more trick I learnt.



Never pour the wax directly into the container. Always use a support system to pour it. In this case, I used a metal spoon as a support. Just hold the spoon and pour the wax over it  onto the votive.

See.....!!! Lesser number of bubbles compared to earlier one. O yes.... you may end with some stray bubbles ....but then they are just inevitable. You are making a Ocean Candle , so even the bubbles would add to the elements.


Let them cool down at room temperature.



Trim the wicks if needed.


They look pretty...don't they!!!!


You can also personalize your candles by adding fragrance to make scented candles. Use wax based colors to make pretty colored candles. I made this one using Blue Wax Based color to give it that Ocean feel.

Just add the color once you take the wax off the gas.


Simple to make ...aren't they!!!




2 comments:

  1. Oh, this is a great idea for homemade gifts. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

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