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How to make your own floating candles from home

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This article assumes some knowledge of candle making. If you're a complete beginner, why not try one of our candle making kits first. They all come with a free "How to make candles" booklet.

You can use small muffin trays as moulds. Or use our tray of floating moulds. Whatever you use as a mould it should be larger at the top than the bottom.

There are no special floating wax or methods of putting bubbles in candles. Parrafin wax and other types float in water with no special treatment.

Don't use sustainers. They aren't needed. After all, there is no danger of anything overheating or catching fire when the candle burns to nothing as it's in water. Also, since they are metal, they will only add weight to the candle and we want them to float.

If you're using a muffin tray (not our floating moulds), then to wick the candle, let the wax cool until a skin has formed, then insert a waxed wick or two. If you get it right, the wax should be soft enough that the wick can be easily inserted but set enough to keep the wick supported upright. If you wait too long and the wick will not go in, make a hole with a nail, screwdriver or similar and then pop the wick in.

It shouldn't require a top up pour unless your mould is deep. If it does dip, top up soon after you add the wick. This may take some experimentation, but that's half the fun.

For a great effect, decorate a glass jar with stones, glass beads or similar. Add water and then your floating candles. You might want to add a little splash of bleach or soap so that algea doesn't grow.

Warning! Making basic candles is not difficult, but getting perfect results takes time and practice. Never leave a lit candle unatended, below or close to other objects. Keep out of the reach of children and animals.

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