Thursday, December 12, 2013

Champagne Candles

Champagne Candles: These champagne candles will look stunning as a decoration for New Year's.  These New Years Champagne candles are very easy to make if you are just starting out working with gel wax.  One tricky thing about using gel wax is trying to eliminate bubbles,  but since these candles represent champagne, we want them to be bubbly!
New Years champagne gel candle craft dor decorations on New years parties
Materials: 2 champagne flutes
Gel wax Candle wicking (make sure you buy some that is compatible with gel wax) Bamboo skewer or pencil Yellow gel wax dye
Candle scent (optional)
Small pot
Knife and spoon
Directions: Wash your champagne flutes and allow to dry completely.  Tie the wicks around a bamboo skewer or pencil and cut to the proper length of the flute, so they just touch the bottom of the glass.  Then balance the bamboo skewer over the glasses, so the wicks hang down the middle. Gel wax is very easy to clean up, so you don't need a "dedicated" candle cooking pot. The gel, once cooled, will simply peel off from the inside of the pot. Cut the gel wax with a knife, then use a spoon or your hands to pull out chunks of the wax to put in the pot. It's best  to over-estimate rather than under-estimate the amount of wax you need, since any extra is re-usable. Heat the wax over the lowest heat setting on the stove until it begins to melt. Stir to help melt the wax and create more bubbles. DO NO OVERHEAT: gel wax is highly flammable! Once the wax is melted, add one tiny drop of yellow coloring.  Then stir it into the wax with a spoon.  Test the color by spooning up some wax and dropping a small amount on some white paper.  If it is too yellow for your liking, add in some more wax to dilute the color.  If you would like to add a scent, this is the time to do that too. Pour the wax carefully into the prepared flutes.  Use a bamboo skewer to carefully stir up the wax once it is poured in the flutes.  This will help bubbles to form. (bubbles may not be seen until wax has cooled) Let the champagne candles sit undisturbed for several hours until set. Once the champagne candles are set, just trim the wicks to 1/4 inch or so and they are ready to burn.

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