Imbolc is definitely the time of the year where we like to make candles. After all it is Candlemas and the kids absolutely love this activity.
I have put together a tutorial to help you on your way this Sabbat.
Well to begin making egg candles you will need the most obvious thing – Eggs J
I like to use anything from large to extra large eggs as this will give you a decent sized candle.
You will need:
Wax colouring (I use wax crayons)
A tin to melt your wax in
A skewer or old spoon to stir the wax
A jug to pour the wax with – this jug will possibly be ruined after this exercise, so use one that doesn’t have sentimental value
Eggs (as many as you would like to produce candles out of)
A nail to make the holes in the eggs
Egg cartons (ideally I use one to stand the candles in whilst working and one to present the finished candles)
- Make two holes, one on either end of your eggs and blow out the egg. Rinse the eggs and allow to dry. Make spanish omlette with the eggs that you have blown out (see my recipe section for this delicious, hearty meal).
- The bottom hole should be as small as you can manage it and cut the top hole a little bigger as it needs to be big enough to pour the wax into afterwards.
- If you have waxed wick then thread this through your bottom hole and through the top hole, cutting it to the desired length.
- If you cannot find waxed wick, allow the wax to melt and run your wick through it, removing any excess wax and straighten.
- Using the Prestik, or putty, cover the bottom hole and wick so that no wax can escape.
- Stand your eggs in a egg box, ready for pouring the wax.
- Melt the wax until completely liquid – I melt my wax in an old cookie tin that I place in a pot of hot water, colour the wax (I use wax crayons, it gives you a whole new palette of colours J) and add your fragrance.
- Pour your wax into the jug and slowly pour the wax into each egg.
- Allow to set and cool.
- As the candle cools down completely it will contract causing a hole in the candle itself. Warm up some more wax and fill in the holes.
- Whilst you are waiting for your candles to cool, decorate the egg box that will be used to display them in (another thing my girls love to do…)
- Once the candles are completely cold and filled, break away the shells of the eggs exposing the candles beneath them.
When finished, place in your decorative box and when ready light :-)
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