Crystallizing Palm Wax Candles

Palm wax is an all-natural vegetable wax made from oil palm. It's a unique wax in that it makes a wonderful crystal/snowflake pattern in candles.


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Supply List

  • Crystallizing Palm Wax
  • Wick
  • Color Block
  • Fragrance (if desired)
  • Mold Sealant

Equipment

  • Aluminum Candle Mold (Aluminum molds provide the best crystallizing results due to the slow cooling time.)
  • Double Boiler
  • Thermometer
  • Wick Rod

Instructions

  1. Before beginning, cover your entire work surface with newspaper. Candle making can be messy and this step will make cleanup easy.
  2. Place the desired about of wax in the double boiler. Heat wax according to manufacture's instructions. Heat your wax to approximately 195-205 degrees F. The hotter you melt the wax, the more of a snowflake effect will show up in your candle. ALWAYS USE A THERMOMETER WHEN MELTING WAX AND NEVER LEAVE YOUR HEATED WAX UNATTENDED.
  3. While your wax is melting, you can prepare your mold. Insert the wick into the hole on bottom of the mold from the underside of the mold. Thread it through the mold till you can pull it through from the top. Tie the wick to the wick rod which will lie across the opening of the mold. Pull the wick tight from the bottom of the mold and cut it about an inch away from the bottom. Secure the wick with a piece of the mold sealant. Be sure to seal the hole well so that the wax doesn’t leak out of the mold.
  4. When your wax has reached 200 degrees (or the manufacturer's recommended pouring temperature), add shavings of your dye block until you reach your desired color. Stir thoroughly.
  5. Remove the wax from heat and add your fragrance. In general, you will need to add about 1 oz per pound of wax, but this is purely to your own taste. Stir thoroughly. Next, slowly pour your candle wax into your mold. Allow your candle to cool. Save about 25% of the wax to do a re-pour.
  6. Sometimes, your palm candle will need a repour. When the surface of the pillar has solidified, poke holes into the surface. If it sinks and you get a depression or an air pocket, you will need to do a repour. Reheat your palm wax about 5 degrees hotter than your original pouring temperature. Carefully fill the depression with wax making sure to not pour the wax above the original pour line.
  7. Allow your candle to cool completely and remove from the mold.

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