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Make a Cola Themed Gel Candle
cola gel candle

Cola gel candle

David Fisher
One of the first candles I ever made was a “root beer” candle in a large glass mug. I just used regular paraffin wax for the “liquid” part – dying it with brown crayons – and then whipped up some white wax for a frothy top. It sat on my shelf for many years. (You can make your own root beer candle by following the instructions for how to make a beer candle – just dye the “liquid” part of it a darker brown, rather than amber.

This candle celebrates that age old beverage, cola. It’s more like the iced tea gel candle than the beer candle in that it doesn’t have any froth or foam on the top.

For this project you'll need:

  • A nice tall glass for the candle. Ideally, it would be a classic “cola” glass like this…but pretty much any tall beverage glass…that is heavy enough to be heat resistant, with the top wider than the bottom should be fine.
  • Some Candle Gel – You will want to use Medium Density Candle Gel (Buy Direct) for the cola part of the candle, and High Density Candle Gel (Buy Direct) for the ice cubes. The High Density Candle Gel holds a bit more fragrance oil than the Medium Density Candle Gel - and it doesn't matter if it is prone to more bubbles - ice cubes naturally have bubbles in them – just like the cola!
  • A wick for the candle - there are lots of options here - I prefer the zinc cored wicks for gel because they stand up straight and burn well. A 44-24-18z wick is a good place to start for a candle that's 2-2.5 inches across. For a 3" candle, I'd start with a 51-32-18z. As with any candle, you may need to do some wick testing to find just the right combination of container, wick, wax and scent. You'll also want to make sure that your wick is primed with gel wax. If you just have standard paraffin-coated wicks, no problem, just re-prime the wicks with candle gel.
  • Liquid candle color appropriate for gel candle making - most oil-based liquid candle colors can be used in gel candles as well. If you're unsure, check with the manufacturer. I used a bit of red, a bit of blue, and a bit of yellow to get a nice brown color.
  • A non polar fragrance oil – you can certainly use a “cola” scent…but you wouldn’t be limited. Or you could blend a cola scent with cherry, vanilla or orange – to get a custom soda scent.
  • Standard candle making equipment including a heat source, melt pot (you don't need a double boiler for this project), an accurate thermometer, some chopsticks and lots of paper towels

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