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Whipped wax is used to put the whipped cream on a mocha candle, the froth on a cola candle, the foam on a beer candle, the fluff on a snowball candle, the sea spray on an ocean candle, and the ice cream in a sundae candle. There are a lot of uses for whipped wax, and we’re going to show you how to create the effect of fluffy, foamy, whipped wax.

 

 

 

 

 

What You Will Need - Supplies

·        Paraffin Molding Candle Wax

·        Corn Starch

·        Eggbeater

·        Fork or spatula

·        Steamer Pot or old Sauce Pan to create a double boiler

·        Standard Size or Small Size Melting Pot with pour spout

·        Stainless Steel Bowl (optional)

·        Wood Stir Sticks, chopsticks, or something else to stir the wax

·        Thermometer

·        Candle Fragrance (optional)

·        Color Dye Chips (optional)

 

Also a good idea to have around:

·        Paper towels

·        Wax Remover

·        Aluminum Foil

·        Newspaper, butcher paper, or scrap paper to cover work surfaces

·        Fire Extinguisher (just in case)

 

How to Set Up Your Work Area

  1. Put down newspaper or butcher paper on tables and countertops to catch spills and for easy cleanup.
  2. Have paper towels and Windex on hand for cleaning stovetops.
  3. Wrap stove burner bowls in tin foil to catch drips of wax, and for easy cleanup afterwards.

 

Melt the Wax

Fill the bottom part of your double boiler (the steamer pot or the deep sauce pan) with about two inches of cool water, and place on the burner set to high temperature.

 

A simple double boiler using an old sauce pan and a meting pot with a spout.

  

Place pieces of paraffin molding candle wax to be melted into the melting pot with a pouring spout, set the melting pot in the water, and attend to it as the wax liquefies. (When the water begins to boil, turn the heat down to medium low or low.) I recommend using one pound of wax to start with for this project, as it is an easy volume of wax to work with, and simplifies the ratios of corn starch, color dye and fragrance oil.

 

If you have a large block of wax and need instructions on how to safely break it into smaller pieces, please visit our section on How To Break Up Wax Blocks.

 

When the wax is entirely liquid (i.e., when there are no solid chunks any longer in the pot) you have successfully melted the wax.

 

 

 

Our 139 degree paraffin molding candle wax has a melting point of 139 degrees.  After the wax is melted, heat it to 160 degrees F. When it reaches 160 degrees F, remove the melting pot from the double boiler. If the wax heats to over 160 degrees F, remove the melting pot for the double boiler and let it cool at room temperature until it reaches 160 degrees F.

 

Add the Corn Starch

When your wax is 160 degrees F, add the corn starch. Use one tablespoon of cornstarch per pound of melted wax.

 

 

Add Color Dye

You can tint your whipped wax by adding color dye to the melted wax. Start with a little bit of color dye, using scissors to cut off slivers of the color dye chip. If you find the color too light, you can always re-melt the wax (see Reheat Wax as Needed below for instructions). It is easier to give your whipped wax a darker color than it is to lighten the color up if you add too much candle dye.

 

Add Fragrance

If you would like scented whipped wax, add candle fragrance oil to your melted wax. The standard ratio for our candle fragrance oils is one ounce of fragrance oil per 1 lb of wax. Use more or less fragrance oil for lighter or heavier scented candles. Add the candle fragrance oil to the melted wax, and stir thoroughly to get even distribution of the candle fragrance throughout the wax.

 

Whip the Wax

Using your eggbeater, whip the wax for several minutes. Whipping the wax adds air to the wax as it cools. Use your fork or spatula to scrape wax off the sides of your whipping container. If you are using your standard sized melting pot, you may need to transfer the melted wax into a stainless steal mixing bowl, so that you can wield your eggbeater more easily.

 

You will need to whip the wax for several minutes, 5 to 10 minutes, in general. It will go from a clear liquid to a pappier mache consistency, followed by an oat mealy consistency, and finally a meringue consistency, which is the perfect consistency for applying to candles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apply to Candle

Scoop a dollop of whipped wax from the whipping container using a fork or spatula, and apply it to your candle. Use the back of your fork or spatula to spread it around, using “fluffing” and “dabbing” motions to keep the wax looking light and airy. (If you use a spreading motion, as with frosting on a cake, the wax will compress and loose the fluffy whipped look. It will take on a more cake-frosting-ish texture.)

 

 

 

Reheat Wax as Needed

Depending on what you are doing with your whipped wax, you may notice that it stiffens and hardens before you are done with it. Simply re-melt the wax in your double boiler, bringing it to 160 degrees F again before whipping it with the eggbeater. You can continue to reheat the wax and whip it again as many times as needed to complete your project. If you are not satisfied with the effect you have created on a candle, you can usually pull the whipped wax off, before it cools completely, and start over with the candle and some fresh whipped wax until you achieve the look you are after.

 

Frothy Drink

The frothy drink candle is very popular. Soda Pop, Beer, Cappuccino, Hot Chocolate – these are all drinks that are replicated in candle form using whipped wax. Many of these are container candles, using glasses, glass mugs, and fancy teacups as the container. You can also add the whipped wax to molded candles, though, as shown in this tutorial. A two piece mold of a coffee cup was used to create the coffee mug candle, and the whipped wax was added to the top of it.

 

Using a fork or spatula, scoop a dollop of whipped wax out of the whipping container and sort of plop it onto the candle. (Remember, if you spread it the wax will lose its frothy texture.) Use the back of your fork or spatula to fluff the whipped wax and give it a random look.

 

 

 

 

 

Continue to pile on whipped wax until you have the desired effect.

 

 

When you are finished, leave the candle to cool for an hour or so. The whipped wax will harden when it is completely cool.

 

 

 

Snowball

To create a snowball candle, start with a ball candle. You can buy these, or make them yourself using our Instructions on How to Make a Ball Candle. Usually the ball candle used to make snowball candles are white. I’m using a green one for this tutorial for contrast so you can see what is happening.

 

 

Scoop a dollop of whipped wax out of the whipping container with a fork. Smear the whipped wax onto the ball candle.

 

 

Using the back of the fork, make dabbing motions to spread the whipped wax over the surface of the ball candle. The dabbing motions also create the snow-like surface texture of a snowball.

 

 

Continue to add whipped wax to the ball candle, spreading it over surface using dabbing motions with the back of the fork. Build the whipped wax surface on the candle until you achieve the desired effect.

 

 

Blended Margarita

Add just a little bit of candle dye to your liquid wax – perhaps a quarter diamond chip per pound of wax. Add some fragrance from our Orchard collection, perhaps coconut, papaya, or lime – whatever flavor of margarita you prefer.

 

Whip the wax as usual. Fork the whipped wax into a coconut shell cup until the “drink” is spilling over the edges. (Alternately, you can fill your coconut shell cup with container wax until it is nearly full, and then add the whipped wax to the top of the candle. For Instructions on How to Make a Container Candle from container candle wax, Click Here.)

 

Fluff the whipped wax on top with the tines of the fork, until you achieve the look of a blended margarita. Add a drink umbrella or tropical flower if desired.

 

 

Sea Spray

Add one diamond color dye chip in aquamarine per pound of wax to your melted wax. Whip as usual. Dab the whipped wax onto outside edges of your sand candle using the tip of the fork. (For Instructions on How to Make a Sand Candle, Click Here.)