How to Make a Palm Wax Pillar Candle
Making a palm wax pillar candle is a fun and easy way to make a beautiful and complex looking décor item. Here's what you need to make your candle:
- palm wax
- a candle mold with a wick pin and mold plug
- candle wicks
- a glass measuring cup
- a meat or candy thermometer
- a metal stir stick
- a microwave
- fragrance oil for candles (optional)
- candle wax dye (optional)
Good palm wax can be found at a variety of online and brick-and-mortar dealers. A couple of good, reputable dealers of palm wax are CandleScience and Morris Wax. I have placed multiple orders with both companies and have been 100% satisfied with my order every time.
Candle wicks can be purchased at a variety of shops as well. CandleScience is an excellent shop for wicks, and they sell in small quantities so you can try different ones without a huge outlay and many leftover wicks that you don't use.
If you intend on burning your pillar candles, be prepared to experiment with many different wick sizes in order to get an even burn around your candle. This is extremely difficult to get exactly right, as it varies according to the type of wax you're using, the fragrance oils you use, the candle dyes you put in (and how much) and even the altitude at which you are burning the candles!
There is no single manual out there that can tell you exactly which wick you need to use, but many manufacturers and retailers can point you to a range of wick sizes that you could try.
Once you have your supplies, you can begin to create your candle. Put your palm wax in the glass measuring cup and heat it in the microwave. It will begin to melt just like shortening and become liquid within a couple of minutes.
Keep adding wax to the cup until you get the amount of liquid wax that you want. Measure the temperature of the wax every so often - you want to heat your wax to around 190* Fahrenheit.
Once the wax is heated to the proper temperature, you can add any fragrance oil or dye to the wax and mix it in with your metal stir stick. Most candle fragrance oils are added at a rate of 1 oz per 16 oz of wax, but it can be different for each fragrance oil so you may want to experiment by making several candles. This process holds true with any dye you may use as well.
Make sure your candle mold is about
room temperature and set up safely on a flat surface with the wick pin
in place. When the wax cools to about 180* Fahrenheit, pour about 90%
of it into the mold and set the rest of the wax aside.
When the wax has started to set (an hour or so after pouring), poke four or five holes in the bottom of the candle. Reheat the leftover wax and pour it into the holes.
Then all you need to do is wait for the wax to cool. A good rule of thumb is to wait about 24 hours after pouring before you try to remove it from the mold.
If you have difficulty removing it, sometimes putting your candle in the freezer for 5 or 6 minutes will help.
Once the candle is removed from the mold, slide out the wick pin and thread with your candle wick. You might want to use a heat gun to melt the wax slightly so it grips the wick, but this is not necessary if you use a pre-tabbed wick and press the tab into the bottom of the candle.
That's it! You've just created a palm wax pillar candle!