Have you ever wondered how to make ice candles?

Is there a curious cat in you that hopes you can make one someday as well?

There are phrases that linger on you like, “If only I knew how …”

Well, you can!

First, you have to understand that there are two kinds of ice candles – the wax-based and the pure-ice candles. For the wax-based, during the pouring process, there are chips added to them.

quick guide how to make ice candles

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Oh so, that explains the lace-like design. For the pure-ice candle, it is a hollow ice block, which creates a glowing, fairyland-like effect when put with a flameless candle.

Here we go!

Let’s start to make wax ice candles!

What is the first thing that I need?

First, you have to get a mold of your choice then just put it aside for a while. There are a variety of options when you need a mold for ice candles.

There’s the usual candle-making mold made of tin, a tube made of cardboard with a hard bottom, and you can recycle ½ to 1-pint milk cartons. Well, a pint-sized will also do.

For milk cartons, be sure to open its top or even cut it all the way to create a square opening.

Do I need to stay while my wax melts?

For safety measures, you have to stay. Leaving the wax unattended is a no-no. Melting wax can cause fire, and we do not want that.

Also, don’t forget to pull out old wicks. Use chopsticks or fork when the wax melts when recycling old candles.

Can I add any color and fragrance to the wax?

Why not add color and fragrance to your wax? Well, it is possible. Scape the ordinary definition of a candle.

You can have an upgrade from the normal white, cream, and ivory with its special feature called “unscented.” If you are the type to choose simple, this is a choice for you.

However, you can always have an upgrade.

You can use dyes and fragrances that are made especially for candle-making. Keep stirring the wax in a consistent direction to make sure that there will be no streaks or swirls.

Do not forget that.

How about the dye? How will I add it?

Well, the more dye you add, the darker it will become. Start with a few, and you can have a pinch or your call on how much you want your candle to go dark.

You can also add the crayon, just make sure you do not put the wrapper along.

Where will I put the wick?

In this part, you will put the wick to the bottom of the mold. Attach it well so it will not break loose.

There are ways to do this well, and I am happy to tell you about it. You can pour a couple of drops of the melted wax to the mold’s bottom before attaching the new wick.

Another is, dip the tabbed part into the melted was then to press the wick against the end of the mold abruptly.

If your wick is not tabbed, tie a metal paper clip to the candle wick’s bottom. Or if the problem is not having a wick at all, you may choose to use a long candlestick.

Make sure it will not be too awkward when it comes to length, so make it almost the same height as your mold is.

How much ice do I need?

About one-half to three-fourth of the mold will be the target to be filled with ice. Make sure that the ice chunks are not in any way larger than three-quarters of an inch.

For the wick to not be crooked up when pouring the wax, guard it up so that the wick remain centered at all times.

Do not be afraid to check the different shapes and sizes of ice cubes. You can have some crush with a hammer – whatever suits you best will work.

What is the proper way to pour the wax?

If you are going to pour, pour it gently, and make sure you are creating a swirl or a zigzag pattern. Try moving your pouring pot about to distribute the melted wax evenly on the mold. Keep pouring the wax into the mold until it covers the ice in a hundred percent.

Caution: The measuring cup or your pouring pot will surely be hot.

Please make sure that you use a potholder, an oven mitt, or anything that will protect your hand from the heat when you are handling it.

How much time is needed before the wax hardens?

The wax usually takes one to two hours for it to harden so wait till it finishes hardening.

Do not – I repeat, do not – disturb the wax when it is set.

Imagine it hibernating for a while before it serves its greatest purpose.

Consider a second chance or pour?

Give your candle an upgrade it deserves by giving it a second pour. This second pour will have its contrasting color.

Do note that if you are at this stage, your candle is almost done. Actually, you can have it taken out of the mold, or you may pour a contrasting wax color for it.

However:

You take it out now, it can potentially have holes and be prematurely developed in another term. If you opt for a second pour, you will get a very extra-looking candle.

If you are decided on the latter, you may choose to do the following:

Like before, first melt and dye your candle wax and remember to use the same fragrance as you did the first time. Carefully pour the wax on top of the candle. Make the zigzag motion in pouring for better results.

Let the wax set again.

Give it time to harden.

Since you are no longer using ice this time, it will take up more time for it to finally set.

How will the water inside the candles drain?

For a few days, leave your candle in the sink or bowl so that the water inside it can drain.

To ensure that the water will be drained from all of the holes, try to rotate your candle from time to time.

How much trimming is needed for the wick?

Trim your wick down to a quarter of an inch.

The purpose of this is not to allow the wax from smoking as it burns. Remember that the wax is combustible.

Thins you will need:

  • Suitable Mold – This can be a mold of your choice like a tin candle-making mold, a cardboard tube with a solid bottom or a half-pint milk carton.

  • Pouring Pot – This is where you will stir your wax until it melts.

  • Colors and Fragrances – These two will up your candle game and make sure they can be both visually appealing and olfactory amusing.

  • Dye – This will add shade to your candle and upgrade it from the normal ivory or cream ones.

  • Wick – You will need a wick as it will be the center of your candle.

  • Ice – Is it an ice candle if there was no ice used in making it? This will ensure that the candles will properly harden.

Procedure How to Make Ice Candles:

  • Step 1. Place the mold on top of a baking sheet to keep your working area clean. The baking sheet can also be covered by aluminum foil so it will be easier to be tidied up.

  • Step 2. Pour over 1 to 2 inches of water in the saucepan and put your candle-making pouring pot inside. You can use a large, glass measuring cup if you do not have any candle-making pouring pot. To ensure that the wax is receiving equal amounts of heat from all sides, you may place a cookie cutter or a metal lid under the measuring cup.

  • Step 3. Add to the pouring pot your measured wax. Half of your mold will be taken up by ice, and you will be using one-half to three-fourths of the mold. It is also advisable to use 1 to 2 ounces of wax in preparation for the possibility of spilling.

  • Step 4. Cut it up in smaller lumps, if and only if you are using a block of wax. On the contrary, if you are using shavings already, do not bother cutting them up.

  • Step 5. You can now raise the temperature and allow the water to reach its soft-boiling phase. The wax will start to melt over time and consistently stir it up to assist it in melting evenly. The goal here is to let the wax achieve the fair and square type of melt.

  • Step 6. This is the part where you will add your chosen color and fragrance. Here is a formula: 1-2 tablespoons of fragrance for 455 grams of wax. You can also put dye.

  • Step 7. Attach the wick to the bottom of the mold and make sure it is centered.

  • Step 8. Prepare the ice and pour the wax in a zigzag motion.

  • Step 9. Wait till it hardens. Slide-out the candle. Then, drain the water inside the candles.

First Ice Candle is Done!

I do hope your candle turned out to be how you wanted it.

Imagine being in a candlelight dinner and telling your significant other that you made the candles and you will share how thrilling it is to make one.

Here’s to more candle-making sessions!