Monday, September 13, 2010

Overdipped Cut-Out Pillars

Overdipped Cut-Out Pillars

Instructor: Doneen St.John

You Will Need:

  • IGI 1343 or IGI 1239 Paraffin Wax
  • Pillar Mold (square or oval works best so you have a flatter surface for the cut-out)
  • Vybar 103
  • Wicking of your choice
  • Candle dye of your choice
  • Fragrance of your choice
  • Pouring Pot
  • Presto pot or double boiler
  • Pliers
  • Cookie Cutter
  • Exacto Knife

You can use IGI 1343 or IGI 1239 for the core pillar with no additives if you want the core mottled. Add Vybar 103 to the wax if you want a more solid opaque core.

Use the same wax with the Vybar for the overdipped layers. Fill your pouring pot or dipping vat with enough wax to dip the height of your pillar.

Hold your pillar tightly by the wick with pliers, and slowly dip it several times until it looks nice and smooth and the layers are thick enough for a cut-out. Perfect dipping temperature will depend on the wax used, but you will get a feel for how well the layers are adhering as you dip, and you can adjust your temp accordingly.

Then when the layers are still semi-soft, press your cutter shape into the front while carefully holding the back of the candle, and push slowly until you feel it hit the core. Use an exacto knife to peel out the shape, it should be easy to remove. If you use a light color for the core and a dark color for the overdip, the shape will glow when it burns!

These can also be made with grubby whipped wax for the overdip for a more primitive looking cut-out pillar. Add spices or coffee grounds to the whipped wax for an extra grubby look!