I’ll be the first to admit that my inaugural attempt at making a gel candle didn’t turn out perfectly … but I love it just the same. Gel wax is a little more expensive than the traditional soy option that many craft stores provide; but it’s a necessity for this candle because it’s clear. I tried using soy wax first, and you couldn’t actually see the candy corn.
You should be able to find gel candle wax at most craft stores in your area. It’ll be where the candle making / soap making supplies are. My tub of wax came with instructions, and was really easy to use! All you have to do is melt down the gel in a pot on your stove over low heat. The key is to not let the gel come to a boil. I kept mine around a heat-level of 2, and just stirred it occasionally. It was probably on the stove for a good 30 minutes to 1 hour; but, I did other things while it was melting away … so this isn’t a huge time-intensive project.
While your gel is melting, prep your jar by using hot glue to adhere your wick to the bottom. I used a wax covered wick, but I’d probably recommend not doing that as it seemed to melt a little when I poured the gel over it. To keep your wick standing straight, use some pens, pencils, kabob skewers, or whatever you can find and tape to McGyver a little wick holder.
Now is the time to put your candy corn in the jar. If you wait (like I did) you’ll get more bubbles in your finished candle. Once the gel is completely melted, pour it into your candle jar with the candy corn. I added my gel to a measuring cup with a spout first to try and keep it less messy. Once it’s cooled, you can trim down the wick and enjoy!
This article has some great tips for reducing bubbles in your gel candles.
I wish I would have read that before I made mine!! :-)
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