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Make an Iced Tea Gel Candle
Iced Tea Gel Candle Making Setup

Iced Tea Gel Candle Making Setup

David Fisher
Whether it's a summertime treat, or a drink all year round, life is a little nicer with a tall glass of iced tea around - especially if it's a a gel candle that looks like a tall, cool glass of iced tea.

For this project you'll need:

  • A nice tall glass for the iced tea candle. It should be heavy enough to be heat resistant, and the top should be wider than the bottom.
  • Some Candle Gel - I like to use Medium Density Candle Gel (Buy Direct) for the tea 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 (Buy Direct) - and it doesn't matter if it is prone to more bubbles - ice cubes have more bubbles in them than the tea!
  • 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.
  • Fragrance oil - from mint julep to white tea and ginger - there are hundreds of scents that would be appropriate for this project.
  • Lemon, lime or other fruit slices (Buy Direct) - to use as garnish.
  • 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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