Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ice Cream Cone Candles

Playing with the wax allows yoto learn new ways of working with it, gives you new ideals, and who knows, may lead to fame and fortune......ok, not so much, but definitely you will have some fun.

It's January and as we promised, here are the candle instructions for making ice cream candles. (You won't believe how much this will look like real ice-cream!).

Here are the tools you will need - an old ice cream scoop made out of metal, an old hand held mixer, pizza pans, a kitchen knife, white hard wax, a color block of your choice, like brown for fudge,red for strawberries, act., and mugs, or sundae dishes.

You might want to consider looking for long necked spoons, straws, or other soda fountain like decorations for your finished candle.

This outa get you started good. Since this is for the more advanced candle maker, I think most of you will have the rest of the ingredients. O, don't forget your favorite scent....vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, peaches and cream, or any other favorite scent that you have.

These are advanced candle making instructions for making an ice cream cone, float or sundae. You need to know a little something about melting wax, so if this is new to you, please see our wax melting instructions for beginners.

As for the rest of we go.

Make sure you have every ready that you will need to use these instructions. What are you going to put your ice cream sundaes in? We have use vintage ice cream dishes in the past, but today we discovered these wonderful glasses in a waffle cone stem ware design. Lucky for us.

Don't forget your scent, wax, handheld mixer, paint scraper, knife, wicks, and color block.

First melt your wax, we like to start with five pounds of white wax. (Beginners - see the wax melting instructions)

Now add your two and one half ounces of scent to your roaster pan of melted wax. (The scent is by liquid weight).

Our roaster pan, as you can see, has been tipped on its side. This will aide in the preparation of the ice cream wax.

We only use liquid scent and each scent weighs different so you must weigh your scent. The reasons why are listed in the "About our Candle Scents and How to Use them" section.

Many of you have ask where I learned to make candles. I learned to started making candles when I first discovered this book - Candle Makers Companion. It is the best book I have ever read on making candles. For a beginner, it is a must in my opinion. I just loved it. I think you will too.

Take some of your wax in an old metal coffee pot and pour in the bottoms of your sundae dishes.

You will need to have a "base" for your ice cream scoop . This will hold the wick in your finished candle for one thing.. See how we have poured the wax about 1/4" from the top of the lowest point on the waffel cone? (see site - for pictures). You will need room for the drizzles to go.

Now place your wick in the bottom of the candle.

Normally we are doing a lot of a ice cream sundaes, then we would use the j50 astrolite wax for the bottom of the ice cream candle and the hard paraffin wax for the top. The reason is the j50 astrolite wax is made for containers and will not release. We don't want our ice cream sundaes to fall out! The one pour wax will hold the sundae in the cone.

However, we did not use the one pour wax in these instructions for the base of the candle, because we wanted to take the photos all at one time. If you are making your candles for resale on a large scale basis, I would suggest using a one pour base.

You will have to use your expertise and decide what you want to do about using the two different waxes.....also, it will make a difference in how many containers you are doing.

If doing a lot of containers, then we would diffentatly use the j 50 astrolite for the bottom of the candle.

After the wax has partially harden, in the bottom of the waffle cone, you can take the remaining wax and start making the ice cream scoops.

Add a parfait spoon to your cone, at this point and it will pretty much stay at the depth you desire. Remember you will be adding a couple of ice cream scoops later on and you will want the spoon handle to show. So plan ahead.

Making the actually ice cream scoop is the fun part of these candle making instructions.

Using your hand held mixer, mix the wax until it is white. Letting your wax cool before starting to mix will help.

You can not mess ice cream scoops up by letting your wax cool to much..........unless you let it get so cool that the mixer won't move it.

Use the scraper to push the wax back down in the pan, like when you are mixing cake batter and are using a spatchula to scrap the sides......ladies, you know.

Your wax is ready when your scrapper stands straight up and doesn't fall over.

As you whip the wax, you are adding air to the mixure. What that means is the ice cream scoop part of the candle will burn down very quickly....this is why you need the base of the candle to be solid. You can't make a whole candle of scoops!It would just burn way to fast.

Now take your ice cream scooper and make a scoop of ice cream.

..............This is a trial scoop, to see if it is ready..............

I like the scooped wax from the edges the scoops great for me. Place the scoop on a pizza pan. Does it look like a real scoop of ice cream? Is it hard and firm? Does it give the appearance of all the nooks and crannies of real ice cream that has been scooped? If not, it needs to be whipped more and let it harden a smidge longer.

Finally the perfect scoop! See how it looks just like real ice cream? Just a little trial and error on your part.

Now this part is a little harder. Hold your wick straight up in one hand and place the scoop of ice cream around the wick.....if you don't like what you have done, the try again. You have time.

The fun never stops! Now we get to make the color for the drizzle on top the ice cream may want to add some faux food cherries or strawberries too, we did.You could even add wax peaches or banana's. We have done both.

I have to say, they look fantastic when finished off this way.We have chosen to drizzle with chocolate and top with strawberries.

See the coffee can? We are adding brown color to the wax in the pan. We have filled the can up about half way full of white melted wax. We are just going to swish the color block in the wax, until we have the chocolate color we want.

Do the same for any color you - strawberries, peach - peaches, blue see where we are going with this......

Now, let the chocolate wax cool down, until you can drizzle the wax on top of the cone and it sticks on the way down.

If your wax is too hot, it will just run off the candle.I like to use that trial ice cream scoop we placed on the pizza pan. You can watch the drizzles run down that trial scoop.....Here are our finished cones! We added some wax strawberries to make the cones look.

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