Here are the things you will need to get started!
Glass Champagne Flute(s)
Metal Pouring Pot
High Density Gel Wax
A Wick Fastener (or Clothespin)
Colorant (Crayola Crayons/Pigment)
Fragrance Oil (If You Want A Scented Gel Candle)
Get A Champagne Flute or Flutes
First, you will of course need a glass champagne flute. You can get these from the Dollar Tree for a dollar a piece or elsewhere online. Refrain from using plastic containers for any candles even if they claim to be heat resistant. They are not fire resistant by any means.
A quick PSA note: Champagne flutes are thin. If you burn a gel candle for an extended period of time it will heat up the gel and the glass quite a bit. For this reason it is wise to only burn a gel candle for a short period of time. They are not meant to be burned for hours unattended. Always practice safe burning of your candles. And, that’s the end of my lovely little PSA. 🙂
Sit your glass on a baking sheet in the oven on warm while you prepare your wax. This will ensure that your glass is ready for the hot wax to be poured into it when the time comes.
Get High Density Gel Wax
Next you will need some high density gel wax. You can snag some on Amazon for a fair price. I will say that gel wax is one of the more pricier waxes. However, most champagne flutes only hold 6-10 ounces so a little can go a long way.
I personally bought a 5 pound bag and have been using it for quite a while. I’ve made several candles from it and I still have plenty left!
Get Quality Wicks
(You can use any wick you want, but here is my suggestion.)
Wicks can be tricky to work with and there are a ton of different types of them to choose from.
I have experimented with quite a few wicks with different types of wax. There is one wick that stands out to me as far as performance goes.
That would be the Zinc cored wicks from Lonestar Candle Company. I don’t work with them and am not affiliated with them in any way, but I would promote this wick to the ends of the earth.
This particular wick stays very straight, it burns nicely, and as it burns it does not fall apart or curl into itself like other wicks. It remains very consistent and gives an even burn pool at least 99% of the time. Again, they always say to experiment with wicks, but the Zinc 60-44-18 9 inch wick has worked wonders for me. Here is the link to that product.
Get Zinc Cored Candle Wicks Right Here
How To Make Gel Candles
First, you need a metal pouring pot to heat up your gel wax.
Next, measure the amount of ounces your glass champagne flute will hold. If you are going to add a fragrance I would simply go by the general rule of thumb, 1 ounce of fragrance per pound of wax. I have had no trouble with my candles by using this simple method.
However, if you want to get technical here is a great
fragrance load calculator (Don’t worry it opens in a new tab so you won’t lose this page.)
Gel wax heats up much more slowly than other waxes. I recommend heating your wax over medium heat. Heating gel wax on too high of a temperature can cause it to bubble excessively and even turn yellow. You don’t want that.
Once your gel wax is fully melted, remove it from the heat source. Add the fragrance when the wax is between 170 degrees and 180. Stir it slowly but thoroughly into the wax. You don’t want to stir fast because you will create a ton of bubbles.
Coloring Your Gel Wax
Coloring your gel wax is actually very simple. You can add the color right after your fragrance while the gel is still plenty hot.
I personally use Crayola crayons for coloring. It’s easy, cost efficient, and doesn’t require a ton of thinking. For the average champagne flute I simply break off the tip of any color crayon I want and add it to my melted gel wax.
This typically gives me the perfect light transparent drink look I am going for, but is enough to show the color itself.
Stir it in very well until it is fully melted into the wax.
Prepare Your Wick And Pour Your Wax
Get your wick into position with a metal fastener or clothes pin.
Using a metal fastener is the easiest way to center your wick in my opinion. The metal color of your wick should fit perfectly into the bottom of the champagne flute you are using.
Make sure you have plenty of wick at the top of your glass so you are able to fill your glass with wax and not cover it up.
Leave about 1/2 inch to 1 inch of space between your wax and the top of the glass.
Let the gel candle stand about an hour. This should give it plenty of time to solidify.
Trim Your Wick & Light It!
The only thing left to do by this point is to trim your wick. Trim it to about 1/4 inch.
Light your wick and enjoy!
These champagne flute gel candles make great gifts as well and are perfect for holiday table decor.
Now You Know How To Make Gel Candles Of Your Own!
I hope you really enjoyed my tutorial and are able to come up with some dazzling gel candles. Feel free to email or comment about what you’ve come up with. I would love to feature some of my readers in a post in the near future with their own candle designs!
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