This is a post that I have been working on for a little while… I have been prototyping and testing what lasts in gel! I wanted to do something completely different with gel wax, change your mind about it kinda stuff… Needless to say I now have a greater understanding of how difficult gel wax is to work with and why majority of gel candles we see are filled with beach sand and shells or orange peels and cinnamon sticks!
Working with normal wax was so much easier and I had so much more fun doing this DIY over on Zana’s blog!
Well here goes,
What you will need-
1 || Gel candlemaking kit from Candle Deli. Contnts: 500g gel, 2m wick, sustainers and 5 wooden cut-outs (I chose not to use these).
2 || A glass jar/vase.
3 || A skewer
4 || A pot/something to melt your gel wax down in, preferably something with a spout for easy pouring.
5 || Your decorative element, in my case the gold stickers.
Step one - Stick your gold stickers back to back, this will give you a gold disk, ready to drop into your wax…
Step two - Thread your wick through your sustainer and tie a little knot on the end.
Step three – Secure the wick and sustainer to the bottom of the jar, you may use a little bit of presstick for this. Make sure there is a little tension on the wick, it should not be limp as shown below…
Step four – Melt your gel in a pot or iron kettle, the kettle is recommended as it has a spout and make easy for pouring. I worked with what I had and managed just fine with a pot. Do not spill the wax, not only does it make a mess, its VERY hot and will burn you. I found the gel wax made alot of smoke when heating, not sure if this was because it was too hot?
This is when the DIY started going pear shaped…. the house filled with smoke, we coughed and poured the hot gel wax into the glass vase…. at first it was fine, then the stickers started to “boil” / “foam up”…. It looked pretty with the gold discs floating in the gel mixture…. and then they sunk! Then after letting it settle the clear gel turned yellow (obviously from the gold discs) and it started to look abit like someone took a wee in my vase… (puts head in hands and giggles)
It’s not often that when I do a DIY that doesn’t end up looking lovely … but this is one of them and while editing these photos and enjoying the candle light from my very first gel candle, I have warmed up to it… Although its not what I imagined it to be in the end it’s not so bad…
Thank you to my bestie, Nikita, for your help on this DIY.
- Never heat wax on an open flame, if you have a gas stove like me be VERY careful.
- Do not heat wax in a microwave.
- Do not heat wax unattended whilst heating.
- In case of fire, turn heat off. DO NOT extinguish with water. Pour sand on the flames.
- Do not pour hot gel wax down the sink or toilet.
All photos taken by Melissa Louise. Hand Model- Nikita da Silva.