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Double Glassed Method Gel candles

By Vicky_CO

Well I promised this and as you will see double glassing is really easy it just looks like it would be hard. I have chosen floral design for both of my candles.

Items needed:

Large container (it needs to be big enough to hold smaller container plus you candle design.)

Small container (This will house your actual candle)

Embeds items

Gel wax

Scissors for cutting gel

Melting pot

Thermometer

Heat Gun (not necessary but helpful)

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I have chosen to use MP gel wax. Candle 2 could be made with LP but Candle 1 needs MP or HP gel wax because LP is not dense enough to hold up the inner container. Your pour temperatures will change depending on which gel wax you chose.

I am going to be making 2 candles

Candle 1: The inner glass container is suspended.

Candle 2: The inner glass container is placed on the bottom of the outer container.

First get your gel wax heating. I try for a pour temp between 200 and 215.

In Candle 1 make your scene.

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In Candle 2 you need to place the inner container in the outer container. I have chosen to center mine. I fill the inner container with glass beads at this point to hold it in place once the gel is poured. Without added weight it will try to float up when you pour the gel wax. I then make my scene around the inner container.

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When your wax is melted you can start pouring. Depending on your scene you may need to pour in layer to reduce bubbles. I also run my heat gun around the container to warm it up a bit for bubble reduction.

Candle 1 you only fill till the point where you want the bottom on your inner container to rest. I want mine to be about and 1 ½ from the top of my container.

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Candle 2 you can fill to the top of the very edge of the inner candle but I like to leave my gel about 1/8 to 1/4 below the top of the inner container.

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Let your candles cool at this point. I usually wait overnight.

Candle 2 is pretty much done touch up with a heat gun to remove surface bubbles you can either pour a candle in the center or just ad a votive or tea light. I prefer a tea light or votive.

Candle 1 If you are using an oven or heat gun to remove bubbles this needs to be done before the next step and the candle needs to cool again.

Candle 1 This is where a heat gun comes in really handy I heat the top layer of the candle to melting and place my inner container. This help to remove that bubble that always ends up under the inner container. You can also pour a thin layer then place your inner container.

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I then finish the pour to about ¼ from the top of the inner container.

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Let cool I do clean up and bubble removal at this point. Do not use the oven or heat lamp methods at this point to remove bubble or your inner container will not stay in place.

Pour or place a candle in the inner container and you are ready to go.

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Now this is not “the be all to end all way” others may have ways that work for them so if this method doesn’t work for you don’t give up.

P.S. I did try the wood roses in Candle 1 at first, they didn’t hold up to the gel. When I made my small test one it did fine but the larger scenes take longer to cool and the rose fell apart.

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I have looked and looked thru here trying to find out where to get the small containers from. Can anyone shed some light on this? These look very cool by the way! Thanks!

 

Chris

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They are glass tealight holders I use to get them at Michaels craft store. The little larger one is a glass votive holder that can be got just about every where I get mine at Walmart but if a good sales is going on I get them at Michaels.

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Thanks Vicky! I have another question and I apologize for asking so many of them! I have seen some double glassed candles where tealight candles were used in the inner container therefore making it a "forever" candle? Have you tried that? I was curious if that was done and no scent was in the tealight if it would heat up the surrounding gel enough that it could be scented. Something I need to try! Thanks for the tutorial, it does seem a lot easier now!

 

Chris

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You really need the inner container to be glass. If you look at the taller candle you will see I am using a tealight in that but the container that house the tealight is glass tealight holder. I do not recommend using a straight tealight in the acyclic holder or even the metal ones. 2 reasons if you use those it is not really a forever candle second the container do heat up and the tealight itself can move having the glass in between give the heat a buffer from the gel wax. 

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eitsfan,

If I understand your last question a little differently from the way Vicky is taking it, yes you can use a tea light in the inner container, NOT as the inner container.  All of my gel candles are double glassed, actually I sell them as Candle Holders.  I use a votive glass as my inner container and use a tea light in a clear acrylic holder as my lighting source.  I don't think the outer gel ever gets warm enough for any scent to be released though, at least not since the tea light in the votive glass is so deep in the candle holder itself.  I recommend that the buyer use scented tea lights.  This helps both the buyer and you the seller somewhat.  Since 95% of my business is at craft shows, I don't have to carry different scented candle holders, the buyer can purchase their choice of scented tea lights.  Granted there are not nearly the selection of scents available in tea lights that we as candle makers have at our disposal, but usually the customers can find something that they like.  I have even sold my candle holders for use at outdoor parties and weddings, where the buyer used citronella tea lights to keep the bugs away.

 

Although Vicky's recommendation to weigh down the votive glass in her directions for Candle #2 will work, Since all of my Candle Holders use a votive glass on the bottom of my outer container, I use a more permanent solution.  I use Clear Silicone Adhesive to "glue" my votive to the bottom of my outer container.  Even though it says Clear on the tube, it isn't totally transparent.  It has a frosted glass like transparency.   This is the same adhesive that Aquarium shops use to build Acrylic fish tanks.  It has a 24 hour curing time (just out in the open, no oven curing needed) and has a temperature threshold of 400 degrees, so it won't come unhinged if you put your gel candle creation in the oven to remove the bubbles, like I do.  This is available at your local Lowes, Home Depot or even Walmart for about $5 for a 9 or 10 oz tube for use in a caulk gun.  They usually have smaller tubes available in the Lowes and Home Depot stores, but these caulk size tubes are the best value.

 

Hope that helps.        

Edited by JAVAEBOY

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Thanks to both of you, your responses have been a tremendous help! Have a great weekend!

 

Chris

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1 hour ago, JackpotMom said:

I am unable to see the pictures on here. Are you able to post a few in the comments?

Thank you,

 Kim

Unfortunately Vicky is no longer on the board as she has passed away a few years ago. 

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Wow! Those are beautiful! Thank you both for your replies. I have been getting my gel wax at Hobby Lobby with a coupon. Does anyone know where I can buy bulk gel wax? Again, thank you so much for your replies.

-Kim

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https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=LjE5XOqxI6Wx5wL-r5-YDQ&q=gel+candle+wax+suppliers&oq=gel+candle+wax+suppliers&gs_l=mobile-gws-wiz-hp.12..0i22i30l8.60459.63873..73047...1.0..0.183.812.1j5....3..0....1.......8..41j46i131i275j46i131j0j0i131j46.QlmenIaIEUI

 

I don't know a lot about gel wax, but the link above will give you several bulk suppliers. Where you live will make the biggest difference due to shipping costs. I am in Pennsylvania, and I see that Candlewic and also Candlesandsupplies both sell the gel wax. Looks like it can be bought in low, medium, and high density. Hopefully that means more to you than it does to me. I hope this is helpful to you !!!

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