HOW TO MAKE TREASURE CANDLES
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Treasure candles are a popular way to give gifts to the candle
enthusiast in your life and can be a fun seller too.  Although you
can make a treasure candle in any shape and size - that is part
of the fun of making your own candles! - they are often made
and sold as pyramid candles, so we will use that format for this
project.

For this project, we will be using:
MEDIUM PYRAMID PLASTIC
CANDLE MOLD; DOUBLE BOILER MAKER, CANDLE MAKING
THERMOMETER  and TWO WAX MELTING PITCHERS.  You will
also need your treasure, wick and whatever wax you intend to
use.  We will be using our
SOY MOLDING WAX for this project.
Melt your wax using the double boiler maker method.  We will not be
using any dye or scent chips for this project.  You can certainly do so
if you choose.

While your wax melts, prepare your mold.  Many one piece molds
won't stand on their own and need to be supported from beneath
during the pouring process.   This mold is too deep to be supported
by our
plastic mold stand, so we will have to improvise.  As it turns
out, the mold fits nicely into the top of an empty wax pitcher!  You
could also use an old coffee can, bucket or anything else that holds
the mold.  Set and level your mold for pouring.
Once your wax melts and is ready to pour, you can add your
scent and dye chips.  As previously mentioned, we aren't using
any for this project as we want a nice, pure white treasure
candle when we're done.

A note on wicking.   There are several ways to wick a one
piece candle.  You can cut, melt or drill a hole in the point of
the pyramid and add wick prior to pouring if you like.  We are
going to using a wicking needle after our candle sets to add
the wick.  How you wick if totally based on whatever your
personal preference is.
Whenever your wax is ready, go ahead and pour.   Fill the
mold approximately half way and stop.  This will allow you to
easily add treasure to the inside of the candle.
Allow your wax to set almost all the way.  The wax is ready for
this next stop when is warm, still soft to the touch, but yields no
liquid wax as you insert you treasure.  If liquid wax squeezes
out wen you try to insert your treasure, you run the risk of the
treasure sinking into the wax and showing through on a side of
the finished candle.
When the wax is just right, insert your treasure.   Make sure it
is in the candle deep enough that the treasure won't show
through or stick out of the finished candle's bottom.  Your
treasure can be almost anything that won't burn or melt.  
Remember that a burning wick will be what eventually exposes
the treasure and, if you use something that can burn or melt,
you could damage the treasure or even start a fire.  We are
using four quarters as our treasure in this project.   Rings,
necklaces, etc., also work well as treasure.   We have seen
treasure candles that contain paper tightly wrapped in foil too.  
Try this at your own discretion.
After your treasure is placed, allow the wax to set fully.  We let our
candle sit overnight just to be safe.   

Once the wax is fully set and your treasure is nice and secure, melt
the balance of your wax and repour.
This time you are going to fill your mold all the way to the top.  If you
sank your treasure deep enough, the molten wax will completely
cover your treasure.   
Once the wax sets, your treasure will be out of sight, hidden securely
inside the candle until the lucky treasure hunt burns it out!
After the second pour has fully set, simply invert the mold and your
almost finished treasure candle will drop right out into your hand.   
Here's how ours looked right before we added the wick.
As previously mentioned, we will be wicking our candle using a
wicking needle or wick threader.  We heated our needle up and
slowly inserted it into the candle.  It took a few rounds or heating,
inserting, re-heating, re-inserting, etc, to work all the way through.
Once you have  nice hole that goes all the way through the candle,
thread your wick through the hole.  We used large zinc cored wick
for this candle to ensure it burned hot enough and created a large
enough melt pool to expose the treasure later.
If you so desire, you can add a wick tab at this point.  This is a
matter of preference, though a tab will help keep your wick
upright at the candle burns down and ensures maximum burn
time.  We used one of our square wick tabs for this project.
The tab slides right onto the wick with the corner points facing the
wax and the center points facing away from the wax.  Simply push
the tab into the wax and those corner points dig into the wax and
help hold it in place, then push the center flat and the center
points grasp the wick and hold it in place.  Trim away any excess
wick and you are ready to go!
Now light your candle and let the treasure hunt begin!
After about 10 hours of burn time, our first coin was
exposed in the molten wax!
As your candle burns down more, your other treasures
will eventually reveal themselves and be ready for
recovery!  Be careful pulling them out of the wax
though as they may be hot!    Happy candle making
and happy treasure hunting!