Jane Mortimer took these pictures when she recently made a set of small candles using jelly moulds. She wrote: "I've made use of a little treasure I found in a charity shop a few days ago - a six-hole mini jelly mould. I drilled holes in each one to thread wicks through and have made my first batch of candles this morning, in my favourite honey colour, which is the nearest I can get to beeswax."
Jelly moulds are a great idea if you happen to have some you no longer want for jellies or find cheap ones like Jane did. You can also buy candle making kits. If you don't get a kit, then you will also need wicks, wax and mould sealer or putty, but you can reuse old bits of wax from the ends of other candles to prevent waste and save money.
Melt your wax in a double saucepan. You can improvise by putting a smaller saucepan into a larger one if you don't have one specifically for the purpose. I use an old egg poacher for small bits of wax and little candles. Boil water in the larger saucepan and melt the wax in the smaller one inside that. Don't leave it unattended. Stir the wax until it has melted, but don't let it overheat.
Tap each mould a few times to release the candle, then trim the wick. You can glaze your candles by dipping them briefly in hot wax or hot water if you want to. It isn't essential, but can make them look better.Flame of Avalon. That way she knows which candles are imbued with the sacred flame and which aren't. Jane wrote: "Sometimes one needs a candle that's small, but a bit taller than a tea light. I think candles this size are called bougies."
Bougie is a name for a small wax candle, although it is also a word used for a wax suppository. I usually just say votive candle. One wouldn't want to make an uncomfortable mistake :)
I hope the pictures and description of the candle-making process encourage others to get crafting. There are more ideas for magic with candles - and making candles - in my book Pagan Portals: Candle Magic.
The pictures on this post are copyright Jane Mortimer
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