Creating a Drip Candle Bottle
A Drip Candle Bottle in the Making
Today I am going to go through the steps of how to create a drip candle bottle. I try to include as many pictures as I can so you can easily see how the drip candle bottle is made, how it progresses, and also for some background info about a 40 year old drip candle bottle in Woodstock, NY and some photos of others already created.
Photo Source: Taken by myself -- Alicia Humphrey
How About You?!
Are you making your own drip candle bottle?
The Original Drip Candle Mountain
Located at Candlestock in Woodstock, NY
This is the reason I love candles, and especially drip candles. I have fallen in love with the idea of the candle mountain, and have started a few myself over the past 10 years.
Here's a little info from Candlestock's site about their mountain:
"Our drip Candle Mountain has been burning every day for the past 40 years. It is now more than eight feet tall, probably weighs more than 500 pounds, and is made up of more than 20,000 candles. But it began with just one. Start your own today! All you need is a drip candle and something to hold it in. We suggest a tall glass bottle, like a wine or soda bottle. Place the drip candle just inside the lip, light it, and watch as the wax slides its way down, creating a beautiful pattern as it cools. Believe us, you'll want more than just one drip candle on hand after that!"
A bottle, candles, and some inspiration!
Normally one would use a wine bottle, but this time I chose a beer bottle to see if I could get a better drip/pooling effect with a different sized bottle.
I have ony found "drip candles" at Candlestock in Woodstock, NY, but you can really use any taper candle that drips a lot.
I was inspired to create my own drip candle bottle over 10 years ago on a visit to Candlestock, where they have a Drip Candle Mountain that began with just a wine bottle, and has burning for nearly 40 years.
It's huge and awe inspiring.
They have added little trinkets and toys in the wax, as well as molded some of the wax into little "slides." It really is a sight to see.
If you're interested, just go to this link to read about it.
Or go to this one for a better close-up photo,
These Are The Candles I Use - Sold by Candlestock
You just read about the awesome Drip Candle Mountain at Candlestock, the place I was inspired to create my own. Well here is a listing of some of Candlestock's candles that you can buy for yourself! They are really the best drip candles out there.
Step # 1 Add weight or a base to your bottle.
- I have never done this before, but decided to try it now. I think it would help keep the bottle from moving around too much and letting the hardened wax crack. I'm doing both of these, because I think adding the weight (a bunch of pebbles) will make the bottle look more interesting before it's completley covered in wax; but you only have to do one, or none!
Step # 2 Add protection.
- This is a MUST. Almost. Unless you are setting your drip candle bottle on a surface that it will stay on permanently, you need to put the bottle on somethinglike tin foil so the wax that splatters won't ruin anything around it.
(Kat Von D on L.A. Ink is the only example I can think of where someone left the candle(s) on a counter and just let the wax do it's thing. Here's a photo of her drip candles. While I think it's neat that a section of her shop is full of dripping wax, it's not for everyone.)
Step # 3 Fatten the candle bottom.
- Your drip/taper candle might be a little bit too skinny for the mouth of the bottle you are using, and therefore it just wants to slide into the bottle. That's OK. I just used a bigger candle, lit it and let it burn a little while, and dipped the bottom of my drip candle into it's melted wax to make the drip candles base a little bit wider. Then while it was still soft I put it in the mouth of the bottle so it molded to it.
Step # 4 Place candle in the bottle.
After you have completed the optional steps that you have chosen, you are pretty much ready to light your first drip candle.
Make sure that your bottle is in a permanent or safely covered area!
All you need to do is place your candle into the mouth of the bottle you chose and make sure it's tight and standing up straight. Look at it from a few different angles to be positive. (If you have done the optional step # 3, then you will have already done this.)
Step # 5 Light It Up, Watch It Burn, Repeat!
It's finally time to light your candle and watch it melt down your bottle!
(Consider yourself warned, it's kind of hypnotizing.)
Once your first candle is burnt all the way to the bottom, just stick another one in the bottle. It sometimes helps to place the new candle on right after the previous one burns out so the melted wax hardens it in place.
Eventually, you won't be able to see the top of the beer/wine bottle anymore; at this point you just add the next candle wherever it will fit best.
A Drip Candle Video
Want to see what this is really all about? Check out this video by the one and only Candlestock!
Drip Candles on Amazon
Wine Bottle Drip Candles from Candlestock.com
Read on to see the photos of my drip candle beer bottle's progress!
Bird's Eye View
My First Drip Wine Bottle! - These are over a year-long period of time.Click thumbnail to view full-size
COLORS! - What's Your Choice?
For your drip candle bottle, would you use all of the same color candles like Kat Von D did, or would you use a ton of different colors like I did and like the candle mountain?