Whipped wax is an easy way to make any candle look unique. Although it takes a bit of practice to get a feel for the process, you’ll be applying whipped wax to candles in no time! Whipped wax is a good candle making project for adding creativity to finished products. Common uses for whipped wax are to make snowball candles, cupcake candles, grubby candles, grubby cut-out candles, dessert container candles, and dessert tarts. Take the time to practice – you can use the same wax over and over by simply remelting it and beginning again. You’ll be an expert in no time and looking for ways to use whipped wax!
Votive or Pillar candle wax (some suggestions are…)
• Ky 133 Versatile Paraffin Wax Blend
• Ky 143 Paraffin Pillar Wax
• Ky Para-Soy Tart & Votive Blend
Fragrance Oil (optional)
Candle Colorant (optional)
Presto Pot or double boiler to melt candle wax
Metal spoon for stirring
Metal fork or small wire whisk for whipping
Apron to protect clothing
Wax paper, old newspapers, or aluminum foil
Cover counter with wax paper, old newspapers or aluminum foil to make clean up easier. Melt the wax with the chosen method, IE: presto pot, double boiler. Make sure to follow the wax manufacturer’s melting and pouring guidelines for correct temperatures.
For this tutorial, KY 143 Paraffin Pillar Wax is being used so it will need to be heated to approx 180°F per the manufacturer guidelines. Use the thermometer to correctly monitor the temperature.
Set the pour pot on the digital scale and tare. Transfer needed amount of wax to pour pot — in this tutorial 8oz of wax will be used. Transfer 8 oz of wax, and add .64 oz of candle Fragrance Oil, if desired. Stir well (approx 2 min). Then add Rustic Escentuals liquid candle dye** (if desired) and stir until dye is totally incorporated into the wax and the desired color is achieved.
Let the wax begin to cool in the pour pot. When the wax begins to set up along the sides of the pour pot and has a film on the top, begin whipping the wax with either a metal fork or small wire whisk. Make sure to periodically scrape the wax from the sides of the pour pot. Quickness helps here because the wax will begin to cool and harden fairly quickly. If the wax gets too hard, place the pour pot in a double boiler for a few minutes to soften some of the wax down and start whipping again. You can also use a heat gun to liquefy the top of the wax in the pour pot, and then stir to incorporate.
Tip: A wire whisk works much more efficiently because the wax can freely flow through the whisk.
Once the wax has the consistency of a thick whipped cream, it is ready to use.
Tip: Whipped wax is commonly used to look like whipped cream, in which case it would be scented with some sort of Vanilla fragrance oil. Vanilla fragrance oils use an ingredient called vanillin, which naturally darkens over time. Use any vanilla scented fragrance oil sparingly — the whipped wax does not need to be strongly scented and you don’t want it to discolor over time.
SOME SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
- Cover counter with wax paper, old newspapers or aluminum foil to make clean up easier.
- Be sure to wear safety goggles for eye protection. You do not want to be splashed in the eye with hot wax! Remember with wax – safety first.
- Waxes used in making candles are very similar to cooking oils – they are flammable and they are poured at high temperatures, but with certain precautions, accidents may be avoided. NEVER HEAT WAX ABOVE 210°F.
- For safety, wax should be melted in a double boiler. Wax should NEVER be heated directly over an open flame or burner. Direct heating can cause wax to explode and result in serious injury.
- Use of a thermometer is advised to ensure proper wax pouring temperature.
- Never leave hot wax unattended. Keep children and pets away from the area where wax is being melted and poured.
- Never pour water in a wax fire. Water will cause the fire to spread. To extinguish a fire in a pan, cover the pan with its lid. Use a dry chemical fire extinguisher.
- Never pour melted wax into the sink or other drains.