Hello Kenarry readers! We’re Jennifer and Kitty from Running With Sisters, and we can’t wait to share this gorgeous DIY Sea Glass Candle with you! We love the look of an embedded candle, the kind you see at Pottery Barn and Pier One. We’ve seen them embedded with shells, dried flowers, and even butterflies! These decorator candles make beautiful gifts, and they are even more wonderful when handmade by you!
This Sea Glass Candle requires a two-part mold. The inner mold makes a core candle. (This is the candle that will actually melt when you burn the candle.) To make the embedded part, you set the core candle inside the outer mold and add the sea glass, then add the wax. This protects the sea glass from the burning wick–important for candle safety! It also places the sea glass on the outside of the candle where you can see it! We’ve made a video to show you every step of the process so you’re sure to have success.
We’ve made a video to show you every step of the process.
Follow along with the video as we make an Embedded Sea Glass Candle, then follow the steps below to make your own. If you have any questions or comments while you’re working on your candle, go ahead and post them, and we’ll reply. We are here to help!
How To Make A Sea Glass Candle
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- Sea glass
- Embedding mold set with a 3″ inner mold and a 4″ outer mold
- Premium candle wax for pillars
- Translucent crystals candle making additive
- Large bleached flat braid wicking
- Mold sealer
- Coconut lime verbena liquid candle scent (this one is similar)
- Aqua dye block for candles
- Heat gun
- Cutting board
- Chisel and hammer
- Saucepan (preferably with a pouring spout)
- Candle making thermometer
- Potato peeler
- White index card
- Kitchen Scale
- Masking tape (if your molds feel sharp, cover the top edge with little pieces of tape)
1. The first step in making this Sea Glass Candle is to make the core candle. To wick the smaller “core” mold, feed the wicking through the hole at the bottom. Leave 3″ of wick sticking out of the bottom. Next, seal the bottom of the mold so when you fill it with melted wax, none leaks out. To do this, coil the 3″ of wick at the bottom and cover with mold sealer. (We like to roll the mold sealer into a ball then press it over the coil of wick.) Flip the mold over and tie other end of the wick to a pencil and prop it across the top of the mold.
2. Next you melt the wax. To do this, cut the wax into chunks using the hammer and chisel. Weigh out enough wax for the volume of the outer mold. (Even though you are only making the inner core candle at first, you will need the extra wax to pour into the outer mold later.) Add 4 ounces for good measure. Melt the wax in a saucepan to 210°F. Pay attention to the temperature of the wax. It is flammable, and you never want to let it get too hot. In other words, don’t walk away!
Stir 1 tablespoon of candle scent and 1 tablespoon of translucent additive into the wax. Shave a few carrot curls of color off the aqua dye block and add them to the melted wax. Stir, then test to see if you like the color by dripping a few drops of wax onto an index card. Add more color if you like.
3. Pour the wax into the mold leaving about 3/4″ at the top. Let the candle cool for 1 hour. The candle will most likely sink in the center as it cools. (This is normal so don’t panic!) Use the skewer to poke 4 or 5 holes in the candle all the way to the bottom of the mold near the wick. Reheat the wax (don’t forget to keep an eye on the temperature!) and refill the candle up to (but not over) the original fill line. Let cool and repeat if another sinkhole forms.
4. Let the candle cool completely for about 12 hours. Remove any masking tape from the mold edge. Untie the wick from the pencil. Turn the mold over and remove the mold sealer. Let the candle slide out of the mold. (If it doesn’t slide out, place it in the refrigerator for ten minutes and try again.) Trim the wick that had been tied to the pencil flush with the candle. Turn the candle over––the smooth bottom is now the top! Tada! You have a core candle! Well done!
Seal the hole in the bottom of the outer 4″ mold with mold sealer. Center the core candle in the outer mold. Tie the end of the wick to a pencil and prop it across the top of the mold. Slide pieces of sea glass into the gap between the core candle and the outer mold.
5. Re-melt the wax to 210°F. Pour the wax into the mold until it covers all the sea glass, fills the outer mold, and has a layer over the top of the inner core candle. As it cools, the wax may sink in again over the sea glass. If it does, reheat the remaining wax and pour it over the sea glass. Repeat if needed as the candle cools.
6. When the candle has cooled, use the heat gun to melt the top half-inch of wax in the mold. Let cool completely overnight.
7. Remove any masking tape from the mold edge. Untie the pencil, and turn the mold over. Remove the mold sealer. Let the candle slide out of the mold. (If it doesn’t slide out, place it in the refrigerator for ten minutes and try again.) Use the heat gun to melt some wax away from the sides of the candle to reveal the sea glass. Trim the wick to 1/4″. Then light your candle and bask in your crafty glory! (Unless you are giving it as a gift – don’t light it yet!)
We love candle making and love how pretty this Sea Glass Candle turned out! Have you ever made candles? What do you think would look nice in an embedded candle? Leave us a comment and let us know. We’d love to hear from you!
Jennifer & Kitty
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Jennifer and Kitty O’Neil are sisters and authors of several books including Steampunk Chic: Vintage Flair From Recycled Finds. Their crafting, decorating, and flea market articles have appeared in Woman’s World, Craft Ideas, and Create and Decorate magazines and on the web sites of Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, and HGTV. Their detailed craft videos can be found on Curious.com and YouTube. The O’Neil Sisters share their enthusiasm and their fresh approach to crafting and decorating on their blog, RunningWithSisters.com.