Make a Sand Candle
From Earth Witchery
- small cauldron, round cereal bowl, or whatever you want the shape to be
- sm dowel rod (if you use the bowl) to make legs
- candle wax, OR 1 ounce paraffin wax mixed with 1 ounce stearin
- wax crayons, in the color you want the candle to be
- Piece of string or wick
- Double boiler, for melting the wax
Fill the bucket with clean, damp (not wet) sand. Hollow out any shape you like with your hands, but many witches like the cauldron shape, making the name "cauldron candle" a popular name for this sand candle. Whatever you hollow out will be the shape of the completed candle. You can push a round cereal bowl into the sand, adding three legs to make a cauldron shape. Or you can push your own cauldron into the sand. If you use the cereal bowl, use the dowel rod to make sure the leg holes are carefully defined and as even as possible.
Melt the wax carefully. Be certain that your pan is perfectly dry (water will cause the wax to explode as it heats). Cut a piece of string or wick and prepare it by placing it in the melted wax with a spoon or tweezers. Straighten it by pulling it out tight and setting it aside to harden.
Carefully pour the wax into the sand mold. The sand should be damp, but not too wet or it won’t stick to the wax. As the wax begins to cool, the sand will drop, forming a hollow in the wax. Keep refilling the hollow with hot wax. If you want a thick crust, you need to use hotter wax. The hotter the wax the thicker the crust. But be careful: hot wax can cause severe burns.
Let the candle sit for two or three hours in a cool place. Use a candle needle or a piece of thick wire to make a hole for the wick. Cut the wire as long as the candle is deep. Leave it in the mold overnight until the wax hardens.
Dig the candle out of the sand the next day. Carefully brush any loose sand from the candle. Remove the wire and insert the prepared wick. You may have to melt a little more wax and pour it around the wick to help the wick stand in place. If your cauldron legs are uneven, set the candle briefly in a hot skillet to even them out.
You can decorate the outside sand crust by gluing on sea shells, or you can carve a design in the sand with a sharp instrument. A pentacle maybe?
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