How to Produce a Corn on the Cob Candle

I like making corn cobette candles. When stood upon their ends, their round shapes make them perfect for use as a candle. They’re perfect as table decorations for Thanksgiving. Since corn comes in shades varying from bright yellow to an off white, you don’t even need to be precise with your color dye when making this product.

While I couldn’t find a corn on the cob fragrance available through the internet, I found both kettle corn and cornbread fragrances. I opted to use a cornbread fragrance.

To make this candle, I used two silicone cobette halves from aCaketoRemember, an Etsy vendor. Since candles need a wick, I used a CD-10 wick which has a 2.2 to 2.69 inch burn diameter. I also Golden Soy Wax 444 and yellow dye chips. For anyone reading this who stocks a softer wax for making container candles, this wax may be stiffened with beeswax. Although I have used as much as 3 parts of soy to one part of beeswax, I find that a 1/3rd ratio of soy to beeswax works best.

Since the wax I use is capable of holding 1/10th of its weight in a candle fragrance, after weighing out the wax, I added a 1/10th proportional amount of cornbread fragrance oil. The melted wax was then poured into the two molds. To avoid making an elongated oval shaped cobs, I slightly under poured the amount of wax for each mold.

After the wax had cooled and set, I popped it out of the molds. It’s easier to remove wax if you first pull each side loose prior to placing your thumbs on the bottom to push the mold upwards and out.

I then added the wick along with some warm wax that had cooled enough to start gelling.

After spreading warm wax over one cobette half, I pressed the two halves together. I’ve previously talked about this on the candle making sub-reddit and some hobbyists have told me that t his doesn’t work. It DOES WORK. I do this all the time. The thing that these critics don’t seem to understand is that you have to be patient when working with wax. When combining two pieces together the wax has to have time to cool and set. It also has to be applied in sufficient amounts to hold the candle together.

One problem which I have not addressed in these sub-reddit candle talks is the type of wax being used. I use Golden Soy Wax 444 which was designed for use with pillar candles. People who use a softer wax or even a wax blend wind up with a slicker feeling product. While it’s possible to combine two parts when using a wax blend, I’ve noticed that it can be more challenging given how slippery the candle feels.

After combining the two parts of the candle, I used a butter knife to add more warm wax to the visible seams. Heating the tip of the butter knife over a stovetop also gave me a warm knife which I could use to smooth away any rough edges.

Since corn cobs are an off white, I used melted uncolored wax to “paint” the top of the cobette.

I then trimmed the wick to 1/4 of an inch. To watch a short film about how this candle was made, click here.

In one of my more whimsical moments, I decided to build upon the corn cobette to make some shish kabob candles. I did this by first making a meat mold using a piece of grilled ribeye steak and some silicone mix from a mold making kit. I also made molds for half of a red skinned potato and a Brussels sprout.

The beef was made with a beef, bacon, and hickory smoke aroma. The potatoes and Brussel sprouts were made to smell like French fries.

Different shades of melted wax including brown, an orange-brown, and black were then painted onto the corn cobette in the front center of the above picture to give the corn a grilled appearance.

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