HOW TO MAKE OVER-POURED
CANDLES
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Over-poured candles are a layered candle variation that can
produce unique and beautiful candles.

For this project, we will be using:
 SMALL CRYSTAL PLASTIC
CANDLE MOLD; DOUBLE BOILER MAKER, MOLD CLAMPS,
MOLD STAND, CANDLE MAKING THERMOMETER, STAINLESS
STEEL FUNNEL, BLACK AND WHITE DYE CHIPS, MOLD
SEALING PUTTY and a craft knife.  We also recommend two
WAX MELTING PITCHERS.
Melt your wax using the double boiler maker method.  We will be using both
white and black wax for this project and we recommend getting both prepared
and ready.

While your wax melts, prepare your mold.  Start by finding the pour spout.  
Almost all two piece plastic molds have a pour spout on one side or the other.  
Using a sharp knife, carefully cut out the pour spout.  You may want to wear
cut resistant gloves when cutting out your pour spout.
Once your pour spout is cut, press a small ball of mold sealing putty into
the wick channel that is pre-formed into most of our SpiritCrafts molds.  
The mold putty will help to hold the wick in the proper place during the
pouring and cooling process.  Some people will tape the wick down instead
of using mold sealing putty.  How you proceed is a personal preference.

Press your wick into the wick channel and pull it taught.
Once your wick is in place, clamp the two halves of the mold together
using plastic mold clamps.
Once your mold is all clamped together, set it in a metal mold stand.  
The metal mold stand helps to hold your mold upright throughout the
pouring and setting process.

If you need more detailed instructions on how to use two piece plastic
molds, refer to our
BASIC PLASTIC MOLD page.
Fill your mold COMPLETELY with white wax.  You may use a candle
making funnel to make it easier to get the wax into the mold without making
a mess.  Always hold the funnel throughout the pouring process.  We took
our hands out of the way to show how to use the funnel.
Let the white wax set partially.  A shell of white wax will form inside the
mold.  We poured at 180 degrees F and allowed our wax to set for 30
minutes.

Once a shell is formed to your satisfaction, pour the liquid white wax
back into the wax pitcher containing your white wax.

Allow your white shell to fully set.  This will take an hour or more.
Once your white shell is set to your satisfaction, fill the mold with
black wax.   The hot black wax will melt away some of the white shell.

Allow the black wax to set until a shell forms.   Again, we poured at
180 degrees F and waited 30 minutes.
Once the black shell is formed to your satisfaction, pour the
molten black wax back out into the pitcher full of black wax.

Allow the black shell to fully set.  This will take an hour or more.
Once your black shell is set to your satisfaction, fill the mold again
with white wax.  This time, we are going to fill the mold all the way up
and let it set.

Depending on the type of wax and size of mold used, a well may form
in the bottom of your candle as it sets.  If needed, refill the well using
reserved white wax as needed.
Once your candle fully sets (we let ours sit overnight), remove the clamps
and the mold will pull right apart, allowing your candle to drop out.
When using two piece plastic molds, a thin line of wax will be
present at the seamline when you remove your candle from the
mold.  This is to be expected.
Using a sharp craft knife, carefully trim the seam line away.  
This step takes practice to master!  Don't be surprised if
your first few efforts don't produce professional quality
results.  We recommend that you wear a cut resistant glove
during this step of the process for your own safety.  Cut the
pour spout nub off of the candle and trim this area until
smooth.
Once your candle is trimmed, you will have a fabulous, one of a
kind candle!  

The layering effect seen in over-poured candles will be unique
and different every time!