Mother really enjoyed making candles and her particular specialty was the “whipped wax” candle. She made lots of these candles and I was happy to read that they have come back into popularity of late. As you may imagine, Mother did not worry about damaging her electric mixer to make candles since she had no intention of using her mixer for cookies. (Please note the warning below.) Also, I never saw her with safety glasses, which the article also recommends.
I have included directions for making these candles below. Please have fun, but be careful with the hot wax.
In the past several years the popularity of “whipped” wax has returned. In the early 1970’s whipped waxes were used in many different candles including balls (resembled snow balls), logs, “sugarcoated candles” and pillars to create unique and different looks.
Taking a candle which has a color and applying a white whipped wax to the candle produces a very unique look as the candle burns and the colors becomes apparent.
Today the “whipped wax” has proven to be even more popular with the introduction of cake candles, pie candles and ideal applications with gels. Getting the wax to have the whipped appearance can be relatively easy.
- It is recommended that you start with a 140/142 melt point wax.
- Melt this wax in a small container where the temperature can be controlled easily, a crock pot or small water jacket melter will work very well.
- Caution Note: Any container you use should also have a secure lid which can be placed on the melter. Begin melting your wax
- When it reaches 160F turn off the heat, watch the wax very closely and as the wax begins to cloud whip the wax with a fork, eggbeater or mixer at a very slow speed.
- (Make sure you have permission to use the household mixer, using this mixer again for making cookies may be difficult.)
- The wax will begin to take on a “whipped look.” Be careful not to agitate harshly in that it may “dry” the wax and make it brittle.Caution Note: Safety Glasses should be worn when whipping the wax. Gloves should also be worn since your hands may come in direct contact with the wax.