Egg-shaped candles really come into their own at Easter Time. Let the children decorate them with acrylic paints, pop a few in a small basket and you have a wonderful gift for Grandma!
You Will Need:
. 1 x Egg Candle Mould (with sealing silicone cord and clamps accessory pack provided with mould)
. LX8 wick
. Paraffin Pillar wax (70g for each egg)
. Stirring stick
. Double Boiler
. Mould Seal
. Wick Support Stick
1. Place the wax in the top part of the double boiler and start to melt.
2. Whilst the wax is melting, prepare the egg mould by ensuring the silicone cord is in place in the lower half of the mould, the two pieces are securely clicked into place and the clamps are securely holding the two 'tabs' together tightly.
Stand the mould in a high sided container to catch any accidental leaks.
3. Once the mould is assembled, thread the wick through the wick hole and make sure it extends beyond the pour hole to allow for supporting it centrally. Bend the wick back on itself at the wick hole, then cover with mould seal to prevent the hot wax from leaking through. Stand the mould on it's little legs inside a high-sided container. If the wax does leak through the wick hole, the wax will be contained and not cascade all over the work surface.
4. Once the wax is fully melted, the dye may be added. Use a very small amount initially, it's easy to add more colour, but you can't take it out if you've used too much! Using a stirring stick, drip a few blobs onto a white plate. Let the wax harden for a minute and check the colour. If the shade is too pale, add a little more dye and repeat the colour test.
5. Bring the melted wax to a temperature of approx 75C. Add any fragrance you may be using and stir thoroughly to make sure you have no 'puddles' of fragrance.
6. Check the temperature again, and pour into the mould at approx 75C. Pour a very small amount initially, just to check there aren't any leaks around the wick hole. If all is well, pour the wax up to the top of mould. Ensure that the wick is supported in a central position and leave to harden for approx 1 hour.
7. Re-melt the wax and top-up any shrinkage.
8. Allow the candle to harden thoroughly - preferably overnight - remove the clamps, separate the 2 parts of the mould and remove the candle.
9. It should have a lovely high-gloss finish that would make a professional candle maker proud!
10. Decorate however you want, and enjoy
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