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Celebrations of all kinds fairly cry out for wine goblet candles and wine bottle candles. In this tutorial we show you how to create your own custom wine goblet candles from start to finish. You can of course scent your candle with any of our hundreds of candle fragrances, and we offer a Merlot, a Red Wine, an Amaretto, and a Champagne candle fragrance to add extra oomph to your custom wine goblet candles. Use our burgundy or cranberry colored candle dye chips for reds. Try Butterscotch or Maple colored dye for Amaretto. For white wines and champagne, forgo the candle dyes, or use a little bit of Gold or Ivory.

 

 

 

What You Will Need - Supplies

        Container Candle Wax

        One or more Wine Goblet Shaped Containers

        34-24 Cotton Core Wick or 44-20-18 Cotton Core Wick

        Small Wick Clips

        Candle Fragrance

        Color Dye Chips (optional)

        Vybar 103

        Jiffy Wicker Centering Bar

        Steamer Pot or old Sauce Pan to create a double boiler

        Standard Size or Small Size Melting Pot with pour spout

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

        Thermometer

        Scissors

        Plyers

 

How to Set Up Your Work Area

        Put down newspaper or butcher paper on tables and countertops to catch spills and for easy cleanup.

        Have paper towels and Wax Remover on hand for cleaning stovetops.

        Wrap stove burner bowls in tin foil to catch drips of wax, and for easy cleanup afterwards.

 

Prep your Wine Goblet Container

Wipe any smudges off the inside and outside of your wine goblet. You can use Windex or just a dry paper towel to polish away any fingerprints or smudges.

 

 

Tab your wick in preparation for pouring your candle. If you do not know how to tab a wick, visit our reference section for simple instructions on How to Tab a Wick.

 

 

Melting your Container Candle Wax

You will need either a steamer pot or deep sauce pan, and you will also need a melting pot with a pouring spout. These two items create a double boiler to melt your wax.

 

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

 

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.

 

Place pieces of container 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.)

 

 

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.

190 degrees F

 

 

Our container candle wax melts at about 130 degrees F. The wax will continue to grow hotter as it remains in the double boiler. The temperature of the wax should get to 190 degrees F.

 

Adding Dye

After the wax is entirely melted, add your candle dye, if you are using any. Each of our diamond shaped dye chips colors 1 lb of wax. Use more or less candle dye for lighter or darker colored candles. Drop a dye chip (or part of a dye chip) into the melted wax, and stir until the dye chip is entirely dissolved into the liquid wax.

 

 

Add Vybar

Vybar 103 suppresses mottling, to give your candle a solid opaque finish. If your wax has a tendency to mottle, or if you are making a highly fragranced candle, it is a good idea to add Vybar to prevent mottling. Standard usage with our wax is 1 teaspoon of Vybar 103 per 1 pound of wax. Add the Vybar and stir it until it is completely melted and thoroughly mixed in.

 

 

Adding Fragrance

Adding fragrance is the last thing you do before you pour the candle. This is because the potency of the fragrance can be reduced if subjected to high heat for too long.

 

After the wax is entirely melted, and after you have added candle dye (if you are using candle dye), add your candle fragrance. The standard ratio for our candle fragrance oils is one ounce of fragrance oil per 1 lb of wax. Use more or less fragrance for lighter or heavier scented candles. Add the candle fragrance to the melted wax in the melting pot, and stir thoroughly to get even distribution of the candle fragrance.

 

Pouring the Wine Goblet Candle Candle

When your container candle wax has reached 190 degrees F, pour it into your wine goblet. Fill the wine goblet to the level you want your finished wine goblet candle to be.

 

 

 

 

 

Placing the Wick

The wax at the bottom of the wine goblet will begin to cool and solidify very soon after pouring. In most container candles, you can place the tabbed wick into the solidifying wax and allow the wax to cool and solidify around the wick tab.

 

Since the underside of the wine goblet will be in view when the candle is finished, and since the bowl of the wine goblet tapers down to a narrow point, you should suspend the wick very near the bottom, but so that the wick tab is not resting on the bottom. It will mar the final look of the wine goblet candle if you can see the metal of a wick tab poking through the wax. You can use a paperclip and a Jiffy Wicker wick centering bar to suspend the wick in the wax so that it does not touch the glass and show through.

 

 

Lower your tabbed wick into the wax until it rests on the bottom of the wine goblet container. Thread the top end of the wick through the hole in a wick-centering bar. With the wick centering bar resting on the rim of the wine goblet, pull the top of the wick up until you see the wick tab at the other end suspended in the liquid wax near the bottom, but not touching the glass anywhere.

 

 

Place a paperclip on the top end of the wick so that the paperclip, holding the wick, rests on the wick centering bar. This keep the wick and the wick tab centered and suspended above the glass.

 

 

Set the Candle

Allow the candle to cool. As the candle cools, the wax will shrink, which tend to pull the wick off center. To counteract this, periodically tug the wick back to center.

 

 

2nd Pour

 

As the candle cools down, the wax from the first pour will have shrunk into a sink-hole around the wick, which you will plainly be able to see. This is normal, as wax expands when melted and contracts when it cools. Make a 2nd pour of wax to fill this hole and complete your wine goblet candle.

 

 

To make the 2nd pour for the wine goblet candle, re-heat the wax you saved from the first pour in the double boiler. Since this wine goblet candle is made in a glass container, it is better if you can reheat the 2nd Pour wax to about 5 to 10 degrees F hotter than the temperature of your first pour wax. (If the wax of your first pour was 190 degrees F, then heat the 2nd pour wax to 195 or 200 degrees F before pouring.) This will melt the 1st pour wax slightly and minimize the appearance of seams where the two wax pours meet.

 

Take care not to pour the 2nd pour wax higher than the set level of the 1st pour wax, as it may seep into the small space between the glass and the 1st pour wax, and mar the final finish of your wine goblet candle.

 

 

Final Set

Once you have made the 2nd pour of wax to fill the shrinkage sink hole in the center of the candle, let it sit undisturbed until it cools completely.

 

Finished Wine Goblet Candle

Before you burn your finished wine goblet candle, trim the wick to inch. The ivory colored and vanilla scented candle shown in this tutorial was made using a formula of 1 ounce of vanilla fragrance oil, 1 teaspoon of Vybar 103 and one pound of container wax. The ivory color of the finished candle is a result of the yellow colored vanilla fragrance oil.

 

 

Try wine goblet candles with Merlot, Red Wine, Amaretto, and Champagne candle fragrance. Use our burgundy or cranberry colored candle dye chips for reds. Try Butterscotch or Maple colored candle dye for Amaretto. For white wines and champagne, forgo the candle dyes, or use a little bit of Gold or Ivory.