Project #64 – Milkshake Candle
It was candle-making night at the Ladies-Auxiliary. I never imagined that home made candles would be so complicated, but there seem to be a lot of differences between home made candles and ones purchased in the store. Namely, that due to the way the wax cools there is usually a divot in the center of the melt and pour DIY candles and those are those flaws are deeply troubling to some candle makers. I think it can cause feelings of inferiority and shame.
However, my friend Saralinda, the evening’s craft expert had some strategies to avoid misshapen shame candles. My favorite was the idea of making a candle milkshake.
Saralinda reuses tin cans sitting in a boiling water bath to melt her wax. This project involves at least two colors of wax, so multiple tin cans are the key. We were a little hasty with the smells so I ended up with a vanilla grapefruit milkshake.
I poured my melted wax for the milkshake layer into an eggnog glass. Missing from this picture is the smell of my burning flesh. The can was really hot and I didn’t have a firm grip on the tongs.
I wrapped a lightly waxed piece of wick around a pencil and dangled it in the middle of the glass of hot wax. We let the bottom layer congeal for about 45 minutes before pushing in a regular drinking straw and clipping the wick, leaving a extra inch standing up. We left the remaining wax in the can sitting on the counter so that it would cool enough to roll out a wax cherry.
Next, we added the whipped cream layer. I whipped the wax with a fork as we dipped the can in a cold water bath. The wax curdled after a few minutes and I managed to whip enough air in so that it resembled whipped cream. I poured it in a layer on top. Finally, I placed the cherry on top.
I dare you to drink up this milkshake, Mr. Plainview! Thanks to Saralinda for her help and picture taking skills!