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Candles have been used in magickal workings since ancient times. Ever make a wish before you blow out your birthday cake candles? Yes? Then you've already performed candle magick! Just like a wand or an athame, candles are tools. Any type of candle can be used for your work. The important attributes of candles are their color. Herbs and/or herbal oils can also be used to strengthen a candle's magick. A new candle should be used for each new spell. The candle should not be cracked, broken or damaged in any way. Make sure you have time when you plan to do your candle magick, because the candle usually must be allowed to burn out on it's own and you should never leave a candle burning unattended!
Using herbs or herbal oils with your candles can increase your candle's power. For increasing magick, before the candle is lit, rub candle with appropriate herb(s) or herbal oil(s) from the bottom to the top of the candle. For decreasing magick, before the candle is lit, rub candle with the appropriate herb(s) or herbal oil(s) from the top to the bottom.
Before you light your candle, clear your mind of all thoughts except for the intended need. Let the match used to light the candle burn out in a fire proof container such as an ashtray, don't blow it out. Once the candle is lit, imagine your need manifesting as the flame burns. Pour your energy into the flame and concentrate on the task at hand. A single pinch of herbs (any more than that is a waste and a fire hazard) can be sprinkled into and around the flame in addition to or instead of any herbal rubbings. Be sure the herbs you use have the correct properties for the needed spell. Do the research if you want to use herbs. Don't use an herb if you don't know what it does, you'll only defeat the purpose of your intentions. Some spells may require you to burn a candle for only an hour each night. If this is the case, and the candle is not used up within that hour, use a candle snuffer to put out your candle's flame until you continue the spell with that candle the next night.
Candle rituals have been around for centuries. You light the candles, maybe close your eyes while repeating a spell or that which you wish for and visualizing it coming true.
It is a combination of the need or desire, and the ability to visualize the outcome. Candle burning spells and rituals are very easy to do and to have success with if they are done correctly and you truly believe.
The different colors of candles each have their own symbolism. Here is a table of the colors and their meanings.
Candle spells can be very easy or complicated. It all depends on how much time you want to put into a ritual. It can be as simple as lighting a green candle and chanting... money money come to me. It can also be very long and complicated lasting several days with the repositioning of the candles each day. The choice is always yours. The first thing you want to do is get the appropriate color candles for your particular desire.
Then you need to anoint the candle with oil. Olive oil will do fine. You need to rub the candle with the oil from the middle outward to the ends. As you are doing this you need to be thinking of your desired goal. Then sit and meditate on your desire after lighting the candles, then read your spell or chant your appropriate mantra.
You don't need some elaborate spell with a bunch of big words or words you don't even know how to pronounce. You can make your own spells or rituals. Think of your desire then make a simple little rhyme that tells about your desire in it. It doesn't even have to rhyme. This is all about will power, the power of positive thinking, and creative visualization. If you can do these things then you will send those vibrations out into the universe and eventually they will materialize.
Depending on your goal, you will need to choose a candle color that is appropriate for your task. Different colors represent different things, for example, if you want to use this spell to gain money, you choose a green candle, because green represents money (as well as other things).
If you wanted love, you would use a pink candle (or red if it's actually lust you want). Take the candle and make 7 notches in it, all equally apart. Using virgin olive oil, dress the candle, rubbing the oil on it from the middle to the bottom, then the middle to the top.
Place the candle in a sturdy candle holder (preferably metal, glass may shatter) and light the candle. Concentrate on your task while the candle burns down to the first notch. Burn the candle each night to the next notch until it has completely burned out. Look at any god correspondence chart on a wiccan website to see which color you want for the different types of spells you could adapt the above basic one to. You can also write out what you want in rhyme and burn it after saying it like an incantation. 3x3 times works well. Keep any ashes and wax and make into a ball as a Talisman or keep in a spell box in case you wish to reverse the spell.
This type of candle magic is very basic, yet quite effective. This is a good time to iterate how closely Karma and ethics are intertwined. You choose your own color (white, black or grey) of magic, not once, but each time you practice. Some traditions believe in Karma as "What you do comes back to you". Keep in mind that for any magic it is best (though not necessary) to do calling magick, such as money, love, health, luck or anything that brings something to you, during the waxing moon (first quarter) to the full moon. Banishing magic, such as bindings, quitting bad habits, curses or anything pushing energy away should be done during the waning moon (last quarter) to the new moon. These are optimal times, but you cannot always base your magick around the moon.
Basic candle magic deals only with two colors, white and black Correspondence tables at good Wiccan sites. Envision the white candle as the waxing to full moon and the black candle as the waning to new moon. For any calling purposes, use the white candle. For any banishing purposes, use the black candle. (Note: Always use candles that are one solid color throughout. Scratch some wax off to test this if you are not certain.)
You Will Need:
Basic Candle Magic Spell
STEP ONE, Perform Meditation.
For white candle:
Rub oil from the tip of the candle towards the base, while humming and visualizing your reason for doing this spell. Continue humming and visualizing for about five minutes.
For black candle:
Rub oil from the base of the candle towards the tip, while humming and visualizing your reason for doing this spell. Continue humming and visualizing for about five minutes.
Continue for either candle. Place the candle into the holder and light it. Chant your chant for as long as you can while visualizing your purpose.*You should create a specific chant for your purpose. It can be as simple as one word or as complex as you wish. Examples: "Money, money, come to me", "bring love", or "Protection surround me, complete serenity".* Use a monotone humming voice when chanting.
When you cannot chant and visualize any longer, put the candle out and repeat the spell the following night (or day). After you see the first glimpse of the results of your spell, let the candle burn all the way out. Remember, after the completion of any spell or ritual, say: "So mote it be."
Items needed:Basic altar set-up including:--salt and bowl of water,candle in color symbolic of need.
Shield,ground,and center. Cast circle; charge of the Goddess/God. Cleanse crystal by sprinkling with water,then with salt. Say the following:
"This crystal is hereby cleansed and dedicated to the workings of the Goddess and God."
With tip of crystal, scratch an image, symbol of need, on candle(i.e., a heart for love, a dollar sign for money, a fist for strength.
Light two black candles and chant:
In the name of the Gods and all ye
In the name of Kernunnos and the light and the dark
And the Gods of the Netherworld
And whosoever shall be casting a curse against me
Let them suffer their own curse
Let these candles be their candles
This burning be their burning
This curse be their curse
Let the pain they have caused me and mine
Fall upon themselves
Do this spell for five consecutive nights (as close to midnight as possible) and each night chant the spell until the candles are spent.
Do this 5 nights in a row, at dusk - as the sun dies and darkness descends. Light 2 Black candles and as they burn, speak this invocation:
In the name of the Gods and all ye
In the name of Kernunnos, and the light and the dark
and the Gods of the Netherworld,
Remove thy curse and sting from my heart and mine.
And whosoever shall be casting a curse against me,
Let he or she suffer their own curse.
Let these candles be their candles,
This burning be their burning,
This curse be their curse.
Let the pain they have caused me and mine
Fall upon themselves.
The two candles are completely burned each night.
Chose type and color of candle appropriate for ritual. Cleanse the candle's prior energies: you may use water, salt, pure soap, or baby oil (all previously blessed and consecrated). Bless and consecrate oil to be used, appropriate to ritual. State and engrave (if you wish) what the candle is to represent. Anoint the candle with oil and focus on desire (purpose of ritual). For ritual of achievement: anoint oil from the top of the candle to the middle in a downward motion, then from the bottom of the candle to the middle in an upward motion.
For ritual of banishment: anoint oil from the middle of the candle to the top in an bottom of the candle in a downward motion. Bless and consecrate the candle. Meditate on desired outcome. Some do not use matches to light candles, the sulfur is considered unclean. If you feel this, use an incense starter or stick to light your candles. To extinguish a candle, snuff it out or wave your hand over it hard enough to make a breeze to put it out. Do not blow or pinch it out. Blowing a candle out blows desires away, and pinching a flame pinches out desires.
Gather rose petals and violets at sunrise. Place them in a clean ceramic crock. Cover with water (fresh rain water,preferably) and let crock sit in a sunny location for three days until an oily film (the essential oil of the flowers) is seen floating on top of the water. Remove oil from water by carefully absorbing it into a small cotton ball. Squeeze out oil into a clean, long-necked glass bottle. Add olive and clove oils, and swirl gently in a clockwise direction to slowly agitate oils. Next, add cinnamon, myrrh, and fennel seeds.
Seal bottle tightly and store it in a dark, cool place. After four weeks, strain through cheesecloth and use to anoint candles.
Imbolc is a time of year when many people celebrate change and growth, and bid forewell to things no longer needed. For this spell, sweep a circle with a broom to symbolically remove the old to make room for the new. IT is also a tradition to burn candles on this night as an offering to the Earth Mother so that her divine power of fertility may soon awaken from its winter slumber and bring forth springtime. Light a green candle and recite thrice the following incatation:
"Mother Earth, awaken from your silent winter rest. Let the springtime goddess of green magic manifest. Mother Earth, awaken now and hold us to your breast. We honor thee with love, for we are truly by thee blessed."
Depending on your goal, you will need to choose the candle color that is appropriate for your task.
Take the candle and engrave it from top to bottom with what it is your need, using the back side of the blade of a dull knife. (Yes, you can use your athame, but a common butter knife works if you don't have one). Engrave the first and last initials of the person you want to cast the spell on (your own initials if it's for yourself) on the bottom of the candle in the same manner.
After you have engraved your candle, rub incense ashes all over the candle. This means bottom, base, middle, tip, and wick. If you wish, the ashes of the incense may also correspond with your goal. Place the candle in a sturdy candle holder (preferably metal, glass may shatter) and light it.
Leave the candle to burn in a safe place. In order for this to work, the candle must be left to burn all the way down.
(Optional) If you think it would help, sit in front of the candle for a few minutes and concentrate on your goal. Meditate on it. Before you leave your candle to finish burning, repeat a few times what it is your wish for the spell to accomplish. After the candle had burned out, clean the excess wax away from the candle holder, and throw it away. It should take about 24 hours to start working, depending on the goal.
Candle magic is used with visualization and intent toward whichever goal or need you have. Candles are an effective tool for concentration. Also, different colors or scents will provide varying energies to help you with your goal. Colors are powerful symbols. Many different belief systems incorporate color into rituals, and candle magic is one way to do so.
The best type of spell is one you have created yourself. Remember, as much energy as you put in your magick, is as much energy as you'll get out. You may also wish to enhance the effect with an appropriate scent and/or an appropriate Gem or Stone and even an Herb. There is also a corresponding color, day, element and moon phase, all in which, not really necessary, but will give added enhancement and power to the magic desire. All of these elements together will manifest to one heck of a wish being put out there upon the elements. Now a perfect moon or day is not a mandatory condition, neither are all the rest of the enhancements. Sometimes, just the simple act of lighting of a candle will do. For example, the in-laws are on their way over. In order for the night to go well and no tensions or worries for the night, light a scented candle, perhaps with Jasmine or Lavender and a pink or Blue color too. This not only looks very warm and inviting, but the candle is sending out your wishes for a stress free night and the scent is working to calm and ease the tensions in the room at the same time! Your mother-in-law just may think you are okay after all while the whole time you were performing magic!!!! In your magic journal or on parchment paper list your goal, the intended result, and a chant, prayer or poem for your spell. For example if your goal is true love and a marriage proposal, your magical journal (or parchment paper) may look like this:
GOAL: TRUE LOVE
INTENDED RESULT: Happiness, Marriage
TRUE LOVE, FIND ME NOW,
BRING WITH YOU, HAPPINESS AND MARRIAGE VOW
The whole time you are saying this, you will be concentrating on the outcome of the wish as you have envisioned it along with the way in which it will be fulfilled. Picture yourself with your desired results, happy, in love, married, home, etc. Take a few moments to do this make it a complete picture in your mind. Then take your candle (for this example a pink one)place in an area so it will be undisturbed. (Please use all precautionary actions in this too. Remember safety of yourself and others.) Determine the day of the week (Friday for manifesting new love) and determine the MOON (in this example, you will need a WAXING MOON, "to bring".)Gather all your energy, thoughts, concentration and picture your desired results as you light your candle.
At this point you have now all the elements of the magic working for you. There is the Air, Water, Earth, Fire,Spirit and Will that you have just released and sent out. Stay thinking about this for a few minutes more of uninterrupted thoughts. At this time, you can see whether your wish has or is having an effect by the way in which the flame is behaving. Study its movements and the speaking it is doing. Remember to relate it to the situation. If your candle goes out, it may be telling you to try again on another night when you can concentrate a little more. Never relight the same candle. The same is true if the candle breaks or is broken. Do not use it again. It is best to just use the one you tried with for other non-magical purposes and get a new one to try again. Let the candle burn undisturbed until extinguished. At this time too, take a look and see if the melted wax from the candle left you a message.
See if you can discern anything from the image the melted wax left for you. Please, don't be disappointed if you do not see anything remarkable or even fairly recognizable. A further message is not always necessary and will not always be there. But when one is, wow!, really neat and fun too! When you are through, you can throw the remains away or bury them outside in the ground if you are so inclined. If you have used a "petition card"(the wish written on a piece of paper or actual cards intended for this reason and burned during the wish making), blow the ashes to the wind in the appropriate direction of your wish while at the same time, thanking the elements for taking up your wish and fulfilling what you desire most. Your thoughts again, at this time are highly tuned and you must be careful in where they are going to fly. Try to ground yourself and your energies after you have completed the task so that the energies you produced can be released to the elements in hopes of fulfillment. You will find candle magick is a wondrous and powerful tool.
The above is an example only, again the best one is one you make yourself. Use this as a guideline and remember the intention and the sincere wish is what is important.
CREATING CANDLE MAGICK
One of the simplest of magical arts which comes under the heading of natural magick is candle burning. It is simple because it employs little ritual and few ceremonial artifacts. The theatrical props of candle magick can be purchased at any department store and its rituals can be practiced in any sitting room or bedroom. Most of us have performed our first act of candle magick by the time we are two years old.
Blowing out the tiny candles on our first birthday cake and making a wish is pure magic. This childhood custom is based on the three magickal principals of concentration, will power and visualization. In simple terms, the child who wants his wish to come true has to concentrate (blow out the candles), visualize the end result (make a wish) and hope that it will come true (will power).
The size and shape of the candles you use is unimportant, although highly decorative, extra large, or unusually shaped candles will not be suitable as these may create distractions when the witch wants to concentrate on the important work in hand. Most witches prefer to use candles of standard or uniform size if possible. Those which are sold in different colors for domestic use are ideal. The candles you use for any type of magical use should be virgin, that is unused. Under no circumstances use a candle which has already adorned a dinner table or been used as a bedroom candle or night-light. There is a very good occult reason for not using anything but virgin materials in magic. Vibrations picked up by secondhand materials or equipment may disturb your workings and negate their effectiveness.
Some thaumaturges, ones who practice magick, who are artistically inclined prefer to make their own candles for ritual and magical use. This is a very practical exercise because not only does it impregnate the candle with your own personal vibrations, but the mere act of making your own candle is magickally potent. Specialist shops sell candle wax and molds together with wicks, perfumes, and other equipment. The hot wax is heated until liquid and then poured into the mould through which a suitably sized wick has already been threaded. The wax is then left to cool and once is this has occurred the mould is removed , leaving a perfectly formed candle.
Special oil-soluble dyes and perfumes can be added to the wax before the cooling process is complete to provide suitable colors and scents for a particular magical ritual. Craft shops which sell candlemaking supplies can also provide do-it-yourself books explaining the technicalities of the art to the beginner
Once you have purchased or made your ritual candle it should be oiled or 'dressed' before burning. The purpose of dressing the candle is to establish a psychic link between it and the practitioner through a primal sensory experience. By physically touching the candle during the dressing procedure, you are charging it with our own personal vibrations and also concentrating the desire of your magickal act into the wax. The candle is becoming an extension of the occultist's mental power and life energy. When you dress a candle for magical use, imagine that it is a psychic magnet with a North and a South pole. Rub the oil into the candle beginning at the top or North end and work downwards to the half-way point. Always brush in the same direction downwards. This process is then repeated by beginning at the bottom or south end and working up to the middle. The best type of oils to use for dressing candles are natural ones which can be obtained quite easily.
Some occult suppliers will provide candle magic oils with exotic names. If you do not want to use these, he can select suitable oils or perfumes from your own sources. The oils soluble perfumes sold by craft shops for inclusion in candles can be recommended. The candles you use can be colored in accordance with the following magical uses:
Also, burn your candles on the days of the week that correspond with your wish. This helps to bring planetary energies to your goal.
If you wish to add more power to your candle magic, anoint your candles with an appropriate oil before burning them. As you are doing this, visualize your need and focus your energy towards that.
These colors relate to the signs of the zodiac and the planetary forces. The simples form of candle magic is to write down the objective of your ritual on a virgin piece of paper. You can use color paper which matches the candle. Write your petition on the paper using a magical alphabet, such as theban, Enochian, malachain, etc. As you write what you want to accomplish through candle magic-- a new job, healing for a friend, a change of residence, a new love affair, etc.--visualize your dream coming true. Visualize the circumstances under which you might be offered a new job, imagine your employer telling you that your salary has been increased or conjure up a vision of your perfect love partner.
When you have completed writing down your petition, carefully fold up the paper in a deliberately slow fashion. Place the end of the folded paper in the candle flame and set light to it. As you do this concentrate once more on what you want from life. When you have completed your ritual, allow the candle to have completely burned away. You do not need to stay with the candle after the ritual, but make sure that is safe and that red-hot wax will not cause damage or fire. Never re-use a candle which has been lit in any magical ritual. It should only be used in that ritual and then allowed to burn away or be disposed of afterwards. If you are conducting a magical ritual which involves two people (e.g. an absent healing for a person some distance away) then the second person can be symbolically represented during the ritual by another candle. All you need to do is find out the subject's birth date and burn the appropriate candle for that zodiacal sign.
These are as follows.
ARIES (March 21 - April 20) Red
TAURUS (April 21 - May 20) Green
GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) Yellow
CANCER (June 22 - July 22) Silver
LEO (July 23 - August 22) Orange
VIRGO (August 23 - September 22) Yellow
LIBRA (September 23 - October 22) Pink
SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Red
SAGITARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Purple
CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 19) Black
AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18) all colors
PISCES (February 19 - March 20) Mauve
"From above to below
Flows the pattern of perfection
From desire to manifestation
Flows the pattern of Magick
From within to without
Flows the pattern of my will"
Candle magick is probably one of the simplest forms of magick to get started with. You need nothing but the candle and fire to light it with. Candle magick can also be seen to be complete within itself, as the body of the candle is made up from the elements of Earth, Air and Water. To complete you need fire and spirit. Fire is easy, and Spirit can be represented by the wick of the candle, as the wick is where the potential of the candle lies and will be unfolded with. With the candle lit, the flame of your intent will burn.
CANDLE MAGIC have been used for centuries for magick and ritual. We light candles at holidays, a practice that takes place in many different religions, cultures and traditions. Candles invoke the divine, they create a sense of ceremony and they are facinating to look at. Candles can be purchased anywhere, by anyone without anyone blinking an eye or suspecting magick and witchcraft!
Through their ability to help you to focus on your wishes they make your heart's desire come true. Try it next time you want to make something happen in your life! Below is a few simple guidelines for using candles in magick!
Unwittingly you probably performed your first act of Candle Magick when you where very young on your birthday, blowing out the candles on your cake and making a wish!
This tradition is based on the three principals of magick; being concentration, will power and visualization. You have to concentrate to blow the candles out, wish and see your dream coming true - absolute magick!
Important pointers on choosing a candle:
Choose a plain candle, of uniform shape. Having unusual or large candles can be distracting and is therefore not suitable for magickal use.
Candles used for magick should always be Virgin (unused) at the start of the ritual. Using secondhand candles or other materials in magick can have disastrous effects as they might have picked up vibrations from previous use, even if it was just on a dinner table!
It is a very good idea to make your own candles if they are for magickal use. It will increase the magickal potency of the candle many times.
It is very easy to make your own candles, simply heat the wax until liquid and pour it into a mould which is treaded with a wick. The wax should now be left to cool, after which the mould can be removed. Oils and colours can be added to the Wax for extra effects.
Charge your candle before using it in ritual. This can be done by annointing it with oils associated with the ritual or magick you intend on performing, or by simply touching it and charging it with your own energy.
Whilst charging the candle, visualixe the North and South Poles - rub the oil into the candle starting at either the North or South end and always brush in the same direction.
The oils used in the annointing of your candle should where possible always be natural fragrances.
General uses in Candle Magick would include:
Try to colour the candles according the the colour associations below.
Astrological Associations for Candle Magick
An absent coven member can be represented by a candle representing their sunsign, or if you are doing a spell for someone you can represent that person with a candle representing their sunsign.
Colours for magickal purposes
White - Can be used for any purpose
Black - Attributed to Saturn. Saturn is used for retribution and when we have been wronged - revenge. Be careful, you may feel that you need to punish someone at once with a Hex and make them suffer! That is real power yeah? Wrong! Remember the laws of return, and avoid this temptation! This is most probably why Saturn is the teacher. Black candles is used for Discord, protection from retribution, power, strengh, banishing rituals and protection.
Blue - Peace and Harmony, protection, healing, curing fevers, re-uniting friendships, house blessings, breaking bad habits, overcoming addiction, clearing atmosphere where there are arguments or trauma.
Brown - Used for the Physical Planes, as a combination of the colours Green and Red, Mars and Venus blended together as one. It is often used to seperate, and also for grounding and stabilizing. Brown is ruled by Pluto, the Lord of the Outer Spaces and The Dead. In Candle Magick, Brown is used for spells involving: Concentration, balance, ESP, intuition, study, justice and seperation.
Gold or light Yellow - This colour attracts Cosmic influences and is beneficial used in rituals intended to bring fast luck and money. It is also used in rituals needing solar energy.
Green - Venus rules on an earthy level, and green can attract all the things ruled by Venus. Treasure, antiques, worldly possesions. In Candle Magick green is used for fertility, good fortune, generosity, money, wealth, success, renewal, marriage, healing cancer and helping with female problems.
Indigo - This is used in meditation and ritual which demands the energy of Saturn, such as deep meditation, balancing Karma, stopping gossip and astral projection.
Magenta - This has a very high vibrational frequency and tends to work very fast. It is often used with other candles. General uses involve - quick changes, spirtitual healing and exorcism.
Orange - Communication; ruled by Mercury, the divine messenger of the Gods. Used to clear obstacles in the way of revealing hidden treasure. Orange works well when two people wish to have their telepathic senses opened together. Remember that Mercury is a trickster and when using this to "invade" another person, the trick could be on you! This is excellent for job hunting, success, encouragement, adaptability, stimulation, attraction, sudden change, control, power to draw the good things in life and to change luck.
Pink - Pink is THE romantic colour, indicating love, affection, romance, spiritual awakening, healing of spirits and togetherness.
Purple - Used to gain honor, respect and recognition of others.
Julie is VEGAN
What color candle do you use in a money spell,love spell,etc.
RED: health, energy, strength, courage, will power, and sexual potency
PINK: love, affection, romance, healing spirt togetherness and spiritual awakening
YELLOW: intellect, power of the mind, confidence, action, creativity, attraction, concentration, and inspiration, stimulation, attraction, sudden changes, control, power, to draw good things, change luck
GREEN: abundance, fertility, generosity, money, wealth, marriage, balance, success, renewal
BLUE: truth, wisdom, occult power, protection, happiness, peace, understanding, patience
PURPLE: success, higher psychic ability, honors, protection, drive evil away, divination
BROWN: attract money, financial success, concentration, balance, intuition, ESP, study
BLACK: binding negative forces, protection, releasing, reversing, repel dark magic
WHITE: purity, power of higher nature, sincerity, wholeness, spirituality, truth
MAGENTA: quick changes, exorcism, spiritual healing
INDIGO: meditation, neutralize another's magic, stop gossip, balance out karma
GOLD: great fortune, intuition, understanding, fast luck, male diety powers
SILVER: removes negative power, meditation, victory, psychic abilities, female deity powers
© 1996 by Raymond Buckland
In this method, a length of wick is repeatedly dipped into hot wax until there is sufficient build-up to make a candle. Obtain a metal can greater in length than the candle you are going to make. (A three-pound coffee can is good for rendering a candle up to six and one-half inches in length.) Melt wax in the can until it is as full as the length of candle you require, plus about one inch.
The smaller size plaited wicks, such as fifteen ply, are best for making taper candles. Cut the wick to suitable length and fasten a small nut or heavy washer to the end to keep it straight. To make two or three candles at once, you can make a line of these wicks on a dowel (HINT: Notching the dowel will help keep the wicks in place).
If the dip time is too short, and the wax temperature is too low, you'll get a lumpy surface and poor adhesion. Conversely. if the temperature is too high, and the dip time too long. you'll get thinner layers, and it will take a longer time than necessary. Also, if you hold wick in the wax too long, you'll start to melt the hardened wax from the previous dips. Best conditions: 130°F melting-point wax brought to a temperature of 160°F, dipping for 3-5 seconds with 2-3 minutes between dips. The outside air temperature should be about 75°F for cooling
Keep an eye on the amount of wax in the can, and have more ready at the right temperature, so that you can top off the can as the level drops. The steps to making really good dipped candle are as follows:
1. Dip the wick into the wax and hold it for about three minutes the first time. This will remove air and moisture .
2. Bring it out and, as it cools, smooth it between your fingers, getting rid of any rough, bubbly areas. One way to de this is to roll it on a warm sheet of glass.
3. Dip again, but only up to one-quarter of its length. Hold for 3-5 seconds. Withdraw for 3 minutes.
4. Dip up to half of its length, for 3-5 seconds. Withdraw for 3 minutes.
5. Dip up to three-quarters of its length for 3-5 seconds. Withdraw for 3 minutes.
6. Dip fully and withdraw.
7. Dip to one-third of its length and withdraw.
8. Dip to two-thirds of its length and withdraw.
9. Dip fully and withdraw.
10. Continue fully dipping and withdrawing until you reach desired diameter.
Here is a simple method for making shaped candles.
What you need:
1. In the pot, melt wax and crayons/coloring.
2. Mix well with a wooden spoon for desired color effect.
3. Make a shape in the sand, and secure the wick at the bottom with some warm wax.
4. Pour the melted wax into the sand and let cool.
5. Remove sand and BEHOLD!
First you will need to buy a sheet of wax from a craft or hobby store. Cut it into several chunks and fill a coffee can roughly half full with it.Place the can in a pot that has water in it. The water level should not be higher than the can because sometimes water will spill or boil over. Heat the pot of water and when the wax has turned into a fairly clear liquid, use a pair of tongs to pour it into a frame. Some people make their own frames out of sheet metal. Keep the frame upside down and suspend a wick with an extended rod, letting the wick hang down with a little extra at the end to light. It's okay to us empty tuna fish cans to create votives and feel free to experiment with other designs.
These candles are a great bathroom accent. Pansies make some of the best candles. You can also use greenery such as fern or leaves, those purple leaves are great. You display the flowers and greenery on the candle beneath a thin layer of wax.
You will need:
To make these lovely candles:
Very carefully, or with tweezers, pick up flowers and greenery. Arrange on candle. Also very carefully add a touch of glue to the backs of the flowers and greenery you can use a tooth pick or Q-Tip to make it easier. Let it sit for about 15 minutes to allow glue to dry completely. Fill sauce pan with water and warm over medium low heat.
Balance metal bowl on rims so it sits above the waters surface. Melt wax this way. Hold candle by the wick, either with your fingers (long wick) or for safety with piers or tongs. Dip candle into the wax entirely. Remove slowly. Place candle on wax paper and allow to dry very well. Most flowers are great with this idea, fern, cedar and oak leaves are very nice as well. You can also splash things up a bit by adding colored leaves around the candle before dipping for a stunning effect. You can also adorn with wheat or cat tails.
Put the sand in the bucket and wet with water until it holds its shape when pressed. If you have a small cauldron, press it into the wet sand. If you DON'T have a small cauldron, use your fist to make the impression. With a pencil (eraser end) make three indentations at the bottom of the impression - these will be the cauldron legs.
Insert the candle wick into the bottom of the impression. Lay the chop stick over the top of the impression and set the wick against it so it will help support the wick once you pour the wax. Put the wax into the coffee can and set the coffee can in a pot of boiling water until the wax melts. DON'T EVER LEAVE THE STOVE. Wax can catch fire!
Wearing oven mitts, pour the wax into the impression in the sand. Allow to cool throughly. When cool, scoop the candle out with your hand.
This technique is actually very simple and not too expensive! You will need:
If so desired, bless and dress candle with appropriate oils before starting.
Melt paraffin in pan. (Once the wax is melted, I use an old potpourri simmer pot to keep wax melted...but you can adapt whatever techniques you desire!) If you plan on arranging flowers, herbs, or leaves in a design; do this on your workspace first. Using the paintbrush, place a small dab of wax on the candle where your flower or herb will go.
When you have all the flowers arranged to your liking, dip the whole candle quickly in paraffin. (I hold by the wick to do this with the least amount of burning to my finger-tips!) Allow to cool on waxed paper. If you plan on giving as a gift, tie some raffia around candle and make a bow. Then hot-glue additional flowers or herbs in the middle of the bow.
I have found that storing candles in the freezer until use or gift-giving not only preserves the scents, but also helps the candles to burn longer. And as always, please never leave burning candles unattended!
You need to obtain the following supplies:
Begin by melting the wax in a double boiler. If you don't have one, you can use a large pot filled half full of water and a large coffee tin with the wax in it, sitting inside the pot. Heat the water to boiling first and cut up your wax so it will melt quickly. Once the water is boiling, turn the heat down and place the tin of wax inside of it. Keep the water hot enough to keep the wax melted but not so hot that the paraffin catches fire (which it has been known to do over high heat).
While the wax to melting, stir with a wooden spoon (never use metal) & make sure it all is completely melted.
Also, while the wax is melting, mix the herbs (if more than one) in a small bowl. After the wax is completely melted and been checked, break the crayons up and put them into the wax. Keep stirring until all of the crayons have melted and the color is even and smooth, with no streaks. Keep in mind that the candle will be a shade or so lighter when dry. The more crayons - the deeper and richer the color, so experiment.
Next, add the herbs to the wax. Empower with your energy and magickal intention while mixing the wax. Stir with the wooden spoon until it is thoroughly mixed. Next add 10-20 drops of essential oil (please, no synthetics when making candles) to the wax until it smells strongly of the fragrance intended. Now your wax is ready.
Start with a long piece of wick - twice the size of your desired candle length plus 3 inches (you will be making 2 candles at once). Bend the wick in the middle and hold it by the bend. Dip the wick into the wax and then lift back out. Getting started is the hardest because the wick will float on top of the wax until it has enough wax on it to weigh it down. Allow it to get completely cold between dippings when you first start.
After your candle has started to take shape you can speed up the process a little. I keep a pan of cool water nearby and dip the candles in the water after each dipping in the wax. While this speeds up the process a little, candle making is a slow process but very well worth the time and energy you put into it.
Keep dipping the candles and allowing them to cool & then dip again. When you have achieved the proper size, hang them to dry until the wax has set, but the candles aren't too hard. Then roll them on the wax paper to smooth out the shape. Once the candle shape is to your liking, dip 1 or 2 more times to make sure your candle is smooth. Trim off any excess wax to make a bottom with a sharp knife. Cut the wick and hang your candles to dry. You are done!
Heat votive candle in the old pan until melted. Use a votive that is the same color as the pillar candle that is used. Arrange herbs on table to a suitable design for your candle unless you will be placing them on the candle randomly.
Take your small paint brush and dab a little melted wax onto candle where you plan on placing first herb or flower. Quickly place herb or flower on top of dap of wax. Do this with you whole design, making sure you get just a THIN layer of wax on the top of the herb. When finished with design, brush a THIN layer of melted wax over whole design.
Allow the candle to cool either at room temperature or in a refrigerator.
You will need the following items which are obtainable at most hobby and craft stores as well as candle shops:
Place the end of a metal core wick (pre-cut to fit the size of the mold and allowing at least one extra inch of wick above the top of the mold) through the star-cut stamped in the center of a wick tin and then bend the tips of the star down to hold the wick in place.
Place the wick tin and wick in a candle mold with the wick centered by a loop in a wire rod placed across the top of the mold. (Candle molds, plain and fancy, are also available in most of the shops that sell crafts and candles.
Ordinary household things such as empty waxed milk cartons, plastic bottles, paper towel rolls, paper cups and metal cans make wonderful molds that are inexpensive and disposable.) Non-disposable candle molds such as muffin cups and fireproof tumblers can be made stick- proof with special candle spray, silicone sprays or non-stick sprays for frying pans. Another (and more old-fashioned) method to prevent candles from sticking to the molds is grease and then dust the mold with flour or talcum powder.
Cut the paraffin into small pieces with a sharp knife and place them inside the top of the double boiler. (A large tin placed in a pan of boiling water may be used in place of the double-boiler.) Partially fill the bottom part of the boiler with warm water and then place the top part with the cut-up wax inside of it. Add the beeswax to the paraffin and place the double-boiler over low heat to melt the was. (Never attempt to melt the wax directly over fire!)
Scent the melted wax with an aromatic herb oil appropriate for the type of magick spell the candle will be used for. For instance, scent the candle wax with oil of cloves if the candle will be used for divination, exorcism or rituals involving spiritual purification; frankincense oil for love spells, consecration, healing, protection and rituals to banish evil and negativity; lavender oil for love spells; lemon oil for healing rituals and spells involving clairvoyance and prophetic dreams; mint oil for exorcism and healing rituals; musk oil for love spells, sex-magick and and fertility rites; patchouly oil for love spells and invocations of elemental powers; pine oil for spells to attract money and success; rose oil for Goddess invocations and spells to increase good luck, courage and love; sandalwood oil for purification rites, healing and protection against evil influences.
To make colored candles, melt a colored wax crayon in the paraffin. After the melted wax has been scented and colored, remove the double boiler from the heat and slowly pour the wax into the mold(s). Allow it to solidify.
After the wax has cooled, a conical cavity may form on the top surface around the wick. Pour enough melted wax to fill the cavity and provide a level surface to the candle. Remove the candle from the mold only after the was has cooled and hardened thoroughly. Before burning the candle in a magickal ceremony, anoint it with a small amount of oil to put your psychic vibrations into the candle, magnetize it and transform it into an extension of your mind power.
Making Beeswax candles is fun and easy for all ages. I recommend this form of candle making for small children and those just starting out on the road of candle making.
You can use a number of different things for wicks that are natural, but do NOT use nylon or other twines containing plastic. They don't absorb the wax and smell funny when light. Store the sheets of beeswax at room temperature, to prevent them from cracking. Keep your hands and working surfaces clean or the beeswax will pick up the grim.
On with the instructions:
Slightly warm the sheet of beeswax. Cut the wick a cm or two longer than the sheet of beeswax. Press the wick slightly into the edge of the wax. Roll the sheet nice and tight. Push the end of the roll gently into the wax with your fingers. Easy wasn't it?
To try something-new play with the direction you roll the wax. Or, cut the sheet diagonally - this will make a spiral effect in the finished candle. Try colored beeswax and cut two sheets diagonally (one a little larger than the other) this will produce a striped spiral.
Prior to melting the wax you can prepare the mold. Place candle in the middle of the carton and fill with ice cubes. Make sure candle is centered while filling carton. Place carton in freezer until ready to use. Melt wax in coffee can placed in a pan with several inches of water over low to medium heat. Add bits of crayon/candle coloring and candle scent as desired. Stir wax while melting using an old wooden spoon or wooden dowel. Do not leave melting wax unattended on stove.
When the wax has melted, remove the mold from the freezer and slowly pour the melted wax into the mold. Make sure the coffee can is not too hot to handle prior to pouring the wax. Fill to the top of the mold and let sit for at least 15 minutes. The ice cubes will start to melt and you can drain water out of the candle by holding over the sink. Let candle sit for another 15 minutes and drain again. Repeat several more times, then carefully peel away the carton from the candle.
Let the candle sit for several more hours in order to ensure all of the water has drained out. You can dust the outside with glitter for decoration. Place on a ironstone plate, decorate bottom of candle with greenery, light & enjoy.
The metal strands used in some wicks of commercially made candles emit toxic substances when heated, such as lead, make your own.
Candle making materials are widely available. Many craft supply shops sell moulds, wax, wick material and all other supplies. Moulds come in an enormous range of shapes to suit all possible stretches of your imagination, and a brief search of the WWW will yield an enormous range of suppliers and outlets.
A handy hint for obtaining materials is to find out your local Bee-keeping society. Many Bee keepers buy equipment and supplies from specialist suppliers, who also sell candle making equipment, wick material, moulds,etc, so you could obtain supplies from these same sources also. Your local beekeepers may also sell you beeswax considerably cheaper than you could obtain it elsewhere- straight from the hive, and gorgeously aromatic.
From the same catalogues the beekeepers buy from you'll be able to buy proper wick material- all else with candle making can be scrounged or done on the cheap, but proper wicks ensure reliable burning candles.
Definitely in Britain at least your local Police station will have details of the local Beekeepers to call on in case someone calls the Police about bee swarms. The same probably holds true elsewhere in the world Candle making on the cheap: Everyone who burns candles always ends up with lots and lots of stubs and tag ends of candles. Collect these up over a few months and you'll soon have enough to make at least one good candle.
With these; and proper wick material; you can soon make either moulded or dipped candles.Always melt wax with indirect heat- put the wax in a basin or pan that you put inside another pan that goes on the stove/cooker, so the heat is transferred through the water, and the wax doesn't burn.
These are great fun to make. Melt wax in a tall jar or pot-I use an old coffee jar, and have the wax fully molten. The height of your jar/pot will of course determine how long your candle can be. Take a length of wick of appropriate length plus sufficient to hold on to while you make your candle. Dip this into the molten wax. You may need to use something to poke the wick in at first to ensure it is fully coated with wax. Lift it back out, then while the wax is still warm gently smooth and straighten out the waxed wick so that it is straight. if you have your fingers wet before you do this the wax won't stick to you.
Once this wick is cool, dip it back into the wax and quickly pull it out. Let it cool, then repeat over and over so as to build up layers- the knack is to dip the growing candle for just long enough for more wax to accumulate on it without melting off the wax that's already setting- practise makes perfect.Build up your candle to the desired size- and bear in mind that the more you dip out, the less there will be left in the pot, and the lower the consequent level, and you will soon have a candle.You can smooth dipped candles by warming them up under running water from the hot tap then rolling them on a board to smooth them.
A rub over with an old pair of women's tights will also smooth them down- the material is sufficiently abrasive on the wax to act like gentle sand paper, and doing this will generate friction-heat to help smooth the surface.
You can make these out of old crayons and glass votive candle holders which can be found for about 50cents at a local craft store or Wal-Mart. Using a potato peeler, slice pieces of wax from the crayons. You can use as many colors as you want to. Find some Cotton string to use as the wick. You may have to braid pieces together to make them the desired width. Place the wick in the votive holder and press the wax pieces in around it. You can make bands of colors or just use one color. If you are really creative, you can even make pictures out of the wax.
Build the candle up as high as you like. It is okay if there are air bubbles in the candle, you do not have to press that hard. When you are finished, you can burn your candle. Once the candle burns out, you can make another one using the same glass votive holder.
The material list for this project is short, but results are beautiful, romantic candles to decorate a bathroom, screened porch or garden party table.
Start by testing your shells for any holes by filling each shell with water and watching for leaks. To plugs any holes dry the shell and place a small amount of glue to the outside over the crack or hole. Let the glue dry completely. Protect your counter with newspaper and place the shells on your work surface, making sure each is stable with the cavity facing up.
Melt the wax in a tin can in which a spout has been pinched out. *Always use caution when melting wax, and always place tin can in a water bath while melting. Wax the pieces of wick by dipping into the melted was and then into cold water to set. Pour the melted wax into the shell cavity.
Place in waxed wick piece. Wait until the wax starts to set before pressing your pearl into the surface far away from the wick. When the candles have cooled completely, trim the wick within ?" of the surface.
(Hint: to secure scallop shells on your work surface and ensure an even level of wax, place a teaspoon of salt on the surface for each shell, then position the shell in the salt. This small amount is just enough to hold the shell level while pouring the wax)
Moulds can easily be made from the inner cardboard tubes of toilet and kitchen rolls. Or else you can use piping of various kinds. With cardboard tubes you simply peel the cardboard off after, and with piping-lengths of water pipe or similar, you would need to hold the pipe with the candle still inside under running hot water till the candle can be pushed out. A friend of mine has a range of moulds made from lengths of plastic water pipe which he carefully sawed in half right down their length, and which are held together with twisted wire.
Once the candle is set a little heat from hot water softens them sufficiently that the pipe can be pulled apart to release the candle.Take your tube, use cooking foil to seal the end-place a piece of this over the end with sufficient overlap to then hold it in place with elastic bands,and ensure a good seal- run some water in first to see if it runs back out,but quickly dry the tube if it's cardboard so it doesn't become soggy.
Cut a wick of appropriate length and dangle that down the centre of the mould- use a piece of wire such as an opened out paperclip to balance across the top to hold the wick and ensure that it's central. A tip is to use apiece of blue-tak or similar attached to the end of the wick and stuck down the bottom to the foil to keep the wick straight.
You can always trim the end off the candle afterwards to get rid of this Carefully pour a small amount of wax into the securely held mould- brace it between things that are sufficiently heavy to prevent it moving while you pour. A small amount like this will find any leak-holes without all the wax running straight out the bottom. If the mould doesn't leak carefully fill the mould to near the top. leave till set, peel off the cardboard, and smooth down as with dipped candles- voila! Don't stand your moulds in the kitchen sink to pour wax into- imagine trying to remove set wax from the U-bend under the sink if your mould leaks.
And also be careful to use a pot to melt the wax in that other family members won't be unhappy that you did so. Aromatherapy and other oils can be added to candles by soaking the wicks in these, and you can add colours by including melted down wax crayons to the wax before you pour or dip it.
There is a third way of making candles that you might like to explore also: Which is to use what Bee-keepers call Foundation. Within bee hives sheets of wax are used that are pre-formed to have a foundation of the basic cell shape that bees make, already imprinted into them. Beekeepers place these sheets of foundation into frames within the hive.
The bees build up from this foundation, and using it makes the frames easier to lift out to extract honey, perform maintenance etc. You can buy these sheets of foundation from the same catalogues as beekeepers if you obtain the catalogues, and then make candles very simply-Take a length of wick, warm the foundation sufficiently that it can be rolled without breaking, and roll it around the wick.
Ensure that the wax sheets are sufficiently pliable to roll tightly, and voila again- simple, beautiful candles. Look carefully through the catalogues to ensure you buy un-wired foundation sheets- it comes either with supporting wires or without it. It also comes in a range of sizes. You have probably seen candles made of this material already at craft fairs and in shops. With these you can also include Smudge type herbs crumbled to fine powder, and other incense ingredients such as Benzoin or Myrrh sprinkled along the length of the wick before you roll up the foundation sheet around it. These will then release their scent as the candle is burnt.
Directions for making hand dipped candles:
1. Begin by cutting up your wax in small pieces so it will melt quicker.
2. Next heat the water using a medium temperature, bring to a gentle
boil. Place the wax in the double broiler or if you are using a
coffee can place the can into the water.
* Don't use high heat, it may cause the wax to catch on fire.
3. Stir the wax until it is completely melted and it reaches a temperature of 160 F or 71 Celsius.(Test the temperature by placing the thermometer in the centre of the melted liquid). Turn the heat down. Keep water warm enough to keep the wax melted.
4. Now its time to add your color. Add the crayons or color chips to the melted wax. Add a little at a time until you have reached the desired shade. Make note that the wax changes colors to a shade lighter when it cools. Test it by allowing a spoonful to dry on a plate. Once you have the shade you like, it would be a good idea to write down the amounts you have used so you can make it again.
5. You can now add the scent if you wanted scented candles. The more oil you use, the stronger the scent will be. Keep in mind that adding too much may affect the way the candle burns, moderation is the key to having nicely scented candles. Stir until well blended.
6. Make sure the wax stays melted. Check that the temp of the wax is still 160F/71 C.
7. Now on to the next stage. Begin with cutting the wick to the desired length of candles plus a little extra to hold. Example: If you want 2 ten inch candles cut about 23 inches of wick. You will be making two at the same time. Double over the wick over your finger. Heres where the dipping starts. Dip the wick in the wax for a few seconds then lift back out. Allow the wax to cool between dippings about a minute or so. You may find it a little tricky to get started at first because the wick floats on top of the wax until it gets weighed down. Don't worry before long you'll get the hang of it. Just make sure the wet candles don't touch each other.
8. Continue the dipping and cooling process. After a few layers, although not necessary, you can speed up the cooling process by dipping the candles in cool water after each wax dip.
9. Repeat the process until the candles have reached the proper thickness. If lumps occur, roll warm candles on a smooth surface.
10. Increase the temperature until it reaches 182 F. Dip the pair into the wax one more time for a few seconds. Lift out then let them cool.
11. Using a sharp knife trim the bottoms to remove excess wax and to create a straight edge bottom for you candles.
12. Hang your candles to dry. Once they are dried you can cut the wick. Time to enjoy your new creation!
Allow about 1/2 pound wax for each baggie. Add about one teaspoon dye to baggie. Close baggie and put in water. Allow wax to melt. While waiting, set up containers with wicks. Make wicks about one inch longer than the top of the container. Center wick if necessary, holding in place with a toothpick or something similar.
When wax is melted, add scent if wanted. (about a capfull if using perfume oil) Pour from baggie into container. Allow to cool, straightening wick as necessary.
Approx. 4 hours later, unmold. (peel paper if using or cut plastic away from candle). Burn and enjoy.We use this method to make our alter candles of the appropriate color. This is not only fun, but because of the lower temperatures and the baggie systems, children as young as four or five can be included as part of the fun.
To those playing around with making candles (whether from scratch, crayons or from leftover candles), and also for those who want to celebrate Imbolic with lots of them (Lheanna), I offer the following:
a) For gift giving (I give the gift of candles to many) - I have added silver charms, herbs, scented oils to the mix. The silver charms are great -- as the candle burns away -- charms come out -- and if you don't tell the receiver of the gift -- it's a great surprise!
b) to make the layers, be very careful about not letting the under layer not cool enough (or it will seep) or be too cool. It takes some practice -- but to be honest, even the mistakes are pretty.
c) for swirls -- well, these are the easiest. Just swirl the colors with something that you don't mind getting all yucky.
d) I have used several different things for molds. Everything from glass bottles to even durable plastic chocolate molds. Be careful about using the chocolate molds. I buy mine from a professional chocolate maker so they are really strong and can withstand high temp. I have also purchased at thrift shops and garage sales funny looking vases and glass containers. Sometimes I have to break the containers to get the candle out -- but they usually only cost me a dime or so.
This is a candle you can make easily w/household items. It's good for clearing sinuses. This is an effective form of aromatherapy. take a small votive candle holder, enough green candles to melt into the holder, a large amount of fresh garlic, spike from an aloe plant (ask permission 1st), & a handful of cloves. Melt these into the candle carefully. leave overnight for the wax to dry. Then, burn.
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