Candle-making is a fun and creative DIY project that allows you to customize candles for your home. Learn how to make taper beeswax candles using silicone molds in this easy tutorial. We’ll cover supplies needed, wax melting, preparing wicks, pouring techniques, unmolding, and troubleshooting. Read on to start your handmade candle journey, including how to pour the wax and keep the wick centered!

Why make your own candles? Homemade candles using natural beeswax make wonderful eco-friendly gifts and allow self-expression with personalized scents, colors, and shapes. Making taper candles is simple enough for beginners. This versatile silicone mold technique works for beeswax or paraffin wax. Follow along to make beautiful handcrafted candles!

What Supplies Are Needed to Make Candles with Silicone Molds?

To make taper candles, you’ll need:

  • Beeswax is natural and non-toxic. Avoid paraffin from petroleum.
  • Silicone molds in custom sizes can help create unique jar candles. Easy unmolding
  • Wick: preferred square braided cotton
  • Dye blocks (optional) for adding color at the bottom of the candle.
  • Fragrance oil (optional)
  • Double boiler
  • Spoon
  • Glass or metal pitcher
  • Heat thermometer
  • Mold-release spray or oil

Once you gather these supplies, including jars and threads for wicking, making DIY candles is simple. Let’s look at each step…

How Do You Melt Beeswax for Candle Making?

Beeswax melts between 143°F and 147°F, so using a double boiler prevents overheating, making it ideal for candles requiring precise wicking. Here is the easy wax-melting process:

  1. Fill the bottom pot with a few inches of water.
  2. Place beeswax chunks in the top pot.
  3. Heat water to 155°F; stir wax as it melts.
  4. Remove the melted wax at 155–165°F.

Melting beeswax this way prevents burning, for the best candle results.

How to Add Dye and Scent to Beeswax Candles

Candle dyes and essential oils are optional, but allow creativity.

Dye: Add dye block chips and stir until the desired color is achieved for the bottom of the candle.

Fragrance: Stir in a few drops of essential oil for custom bee-friendly scents.

Once cooled to 135°F, the wax is ready for pouring.

What Type of Wick Should You Use for Taper Candles?

Pre-tabbed square braided cotton wicks work best for taper beeswax candles.

  • Use a wick size that fits the candle diameter.
  • Secure one wick end to a chopstick for dipping.

To center, dip wick ends in melted wax before pouring molds.

How Do You Pour Beeswax Taper Candles?

Before pouring, prepare the silicone molds:

  1. Spray mold cavities with a release spray to easily remove the candle once it’s set.
  2. Place centered wicks into mold cups.
  3. Secure the mold upright on a level surface.

Next, slowly fill each cavity while gently holding the wicks taut to keep them centered. Top off cups and let candles fully harden overnight before attempting to unmold.

How Can You Unmold Beeswax Candles from Silicone Molds?

Silicone allows easier release than rigid molds. Gently work to release:

  1. Carefully flex the mold away from the sides.
  2. Slowly roll the candle out of the mold.
  3. Remove the wick tab residue from the candle bottom.

Repeat for each beautiful finished taper candle, ensuring you adjust the candle wick appropriately!

Troubleshooting DIY Taper Candles

Here are some common issues and fixes related to candle wick choices and pouring techniques:

Small air bubbles: stir wax slower and pour from a lower height.

Mottled look: Remelt wax fully to a higher temperature to avoid air bubbles at the bottom of the candle.

Wavy or bent candles: Keep wicks centered while pouring.

Sticking in molds: Use more mold release spray.

With practice, your custom candles will turn out impressively. Homemade beeswax candles also make wonderful handmade gifts!

Summary: Key Things to Remember When Making DIY Taper Candles

  • Use natural beeswax rather than paraffin wax.
  • Allow wax to fully melt between 155°F and 165°F without burning.
  • Hold wicks centered in molds during pouring.
  • Allow adequate cooling time before unmolding.
  • Gently flex and roll when releasing the silicone.

Now that you know how to make taper candles with silicone molds, unleash your creativity! Experiment with unique bee-friendly scents, colors, shapes, and designs. Making candles is rewarding, and your homemade candles will be treasured gifts. Happy candle-making!

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