Things You'll Need
- Clear glass container that can withstand high temperatures
- Gel wax
- Zinc Wick
- Pouring pot
- Thermometer (optional)
- Embeds, gel dye and scent (optional)
How to Make Gel Candle
- Put the wick to the bottom of the glass container and make sure that the wick is centered. Optional: Use a little glue to make it firmly attached to the bottom
- Pour the colored sand into the jar to make a nice shape/layer.
- Arrange the embeds in the container as you like. It is better to keep the objects closer to the sides of the container - they will be easier to see this way.
- Cut the gel into small pieces. Melt it in a stainless steel pot over a low to medium heat. Do not overheat, 200°F should be the perfect temperature.
Place your container on a level surface and pour the gel slowly and carefully down the side. If it is your first time, you will probably get a few bubbles; to avoid that, the gel should be still very hot.
Wait for 5 minutes then pull the wick up. Roll it on a pencil to keep it straight.
Let the candle cool. Trim the wick and you are done! Enjoy your beautiful gel candle!
GEL FAQWhat is gel?
Candle gel is manufactured from specially processed mineral oils and gelled with co-polymers. It has a clear rubbery texture and gel burns twice as long as paraffin
Are Gel Candles Safe?
Yes! It is a candle with a flame so small children, animals should be kept away from any burning candle. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
Are gel candles easy to make?
Yes, basically all you need to do is melt the gel, add decorations, color or scent and pour into your container. Gel doesn't shrink so re-pours are not necessary.
Do I need any special equipment?
No, the gel can be melted in a regular melting pot over direct heat or in a crock pot with a temp. gauge. Liquid dyes are best for gel, color blocks are waxed based and will cloud the gel and food color is water based and will not mix with gel.
How do I get bubbles in gel?
Bubbles are one of the great unique properties of gel. You will get more bubbles by pouring at temperatures of 210 F or lower and fewer bubbles by pouring at temperatures above 230 F. Any other embeds in your candles may create bubbles around the gel also. Using sand in the bottom of your candles may create a lot of little bubbles. Any time gel is stirred or moved from container to container, it tends to trap bubbles also.
- Never burn candles unattended.
- Trim gel wick to 1/4 of an inch before burning. That's very short! Keep it short to prevent gel fires.
- Don't use flammable embeds! Natural materials should be coated to prevent clouding and bubbles.