Since I mistakenly ordered Golden Soy Wax 404 instead of 444, I have fifty pounds of container wax to use up. Last night I turned my hand towards making beverages. Before making these beverages, I made the components below. The limes were made using a silicone sliced citrus fruit mold. The ice cubes were made from candle gel. No melting and pouring was required. I literally just scooped up some gel and used scissors to cut them into cubes.
The first beverage I decided to make was a cherry limeaide. I melted Golden Soy Wax 444 and added 10% of its weight in cherry fragrance. I also used red dye. After the wax was melted, I poured a glass candle container halfway full with the wax prior to adding a wick.
Once the wax had cooled, I added an ice cube (above middle picture). I then reheated the cherry wax until it had melted. Since hot wax would have melted the simulated ice cube, I let it cool until it started to thicken. I then poured the red wax into the container until it had nearly covered the ice cube (above far right).
Since I wanted to create a layered drink, after the cherry wax had cooled, I added a bit more cherry wax and a bit of light green limeaide colored wax. The two waxes mixed and created a darker layer (see picture below).
After the wax had cooled, I added another ice cube and some cherries. I then added green limeaide wax. As with the cherry wax, I heated this until it melted and let it cool a bit before pouring it into the container. I then added a lime slice. The completed cherry limeaide beverage candle is pictured below.
The orange juice was a lot easier to make. After melting and mixing the wax with orange scented candle oil and yellow (with a touch of orange) colorants, I poured the container nearly full. After the wax had cooled, I added ice cubes and a wax orange slice.
Simulated beverages are a simple and creative way to make container candles. While there are hundreds of candlemakers both big companies and lots of small ones who make candles like the one pictured left, only a handful make beverage candles such as the ones shown below.
Pro tennis star and CEO of interior design firm V Starr Interiors, Venus Williams, once said, “You have to do things right to stay in business, and that’s not easy, and that’s a choice on a daily basis, the choices you make in how to run your business and how to have a point of differentiation and how to be true to your brand, how to offer something that people want and to offer something that you love.”
Although I have yet to launch Tasty-Candles as a business, it seems to me that differentiation is important. What can I do to make my (future) business stand out from the competition? (I previously addressed this topic in this post.)
Although I will make some beverage candles (primarily to use up the Golden Soy 402 wax), I prefer making food candles. I especially like making candles that nobody else makes. For example, this evening I created my first full sized meatball sandwich candle. To do this I had to first make a silicone mold for the meatballs. I also had to combine different candle oil fragrances to simulate the aroma a cheesy marinara sauce. I was quite pleased with the outcome.
As much as I enjoyed making this candle, it also took two hours to assemble and wasn’t nearly as easy to produce as a burger or slider candle. Although my business will stock a few of these, it’s unlikely that I will ever make very many since producing this type of candle is really labor intensive.
Safety Note: If you’re thinking about making beverage candles, be very careful about the type of container that you use. All glasses are not the same. Here are some safety tips to consider.
- Although this may seem like a no brainer, avoid using containers that are flammable. Birch bark, woven reed baskets, paper cups, and coconut shells are all no-no’s.
- Avoid using anything that will leak. Leaking candles will spill hot wax. Hot wax could cause a fire hazard. If the wax leaks out of the candle too quickly, the wick will burn higher and faster than it should. An uncontrolled burn could actually ignite the wax and cause a fire. The best way to
- Avoid using containers that will crack. Fish bowls and drinking glasses should not be used because they’re not heat resistant.
- While jelly jars, mason jars, and ceramic bowls are all useful containers for candles, avoid any that have wide tops but narrow bottoms such as the one pictured below. The problem with using a container like this is that a narrow bottom will concentrate the heat and the glass could fracture and break.