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Sand candle setup

Sand Candle Setup

David Fisher
If you're like me, you probably made a sand candle at some time in your youth. For me, it was when I was a second grader and participated in a summer program called the Beaver Bug Club. We dug holes in the sand box and the teacher poured the wax into them. That sand candle has been sitting on my mom's curio shelf for over 30 years!

And while it is a great kid's project (if carefully supervised), there are lots of fun things that us grown ups can do with sand candles.

For this project, you'll need:

  • A large bucket or plastic dishpan. (I prefer a dishpan.)
  • Clean sand
  • Spray bottle with water
  • A jar, glass, votive holder, ball, or other object to use as a form.
  • A tablespoon you won't mind getting wax on
  • Wax to fill whatever size hole you're going to make - I usually use a pillar blend wax, or just straight paraffin. You don't want to use container wax, it will be too soft.
  • Primed wick appropriate for your mold/form - If my mold/form is votive size, I just use a standard zinc core votive wick.
  • Dye and/or fragrance, as desired
  • Heat gun
  • Thorough understanding of Candle Making Safety
Let's get started.
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