What makes drip-free candles drip-free?

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Taper candles make for a cozy and romantic feel, but while they are burning they usually drip down the candle holder and by the time they get to the nub the candle holder is often a mess of hardened wax that is a pain to clean up.

The good news is that you can try making each taper candle drip free. It takes about 5 to 30 minutes. There are a couple of ways you can accomplish this when you make your own candles.

In order for a candle to be drip-free, one of two things must happen:

  • The wick must absorb all of the melted wax before it can drip over the edge.
  • The candle just needs to melt in the middle, leaving a hollow rim / tube to hold all of the melted wax.

What you need

  • Standard melting point (135 to 145 F) wax column or taper blend
  • High melting point (160 to 165 F) hurricane or translucent crystals < ein="" tauchbottich="" -="" etwas,="" um="" die="" kerze="" vollständig="" zu="">
  • Let a candle dribble

Method # 1

In order for the wick to use all of the wax, you need to find the perfect combination of wick and wax. Virtually any candle can be drip-free when fully balanced - that is, the wick is just the right size for the wax used and the shape. The only way to ensure this is to do the test repeatedly until you are sure it is correct.

    Method # 2

    So that the candle only burns in the middle, you have to submerge the candle. This is most common and easy with hand-dipped cones, but you could do it with a pillar or other round candle. A square or oddly shaped candle will never burn perfectly evenly.

    1. Place the candle, whether hand-dipped or molded, in regular wax with a melting point of 135 to 145 F. Most of your taper and pillar blend waxes fall within this range.
    2. When the candle is cool, soak it in.
    3. There are two ways to skip this. Either use a premixed "hurricane" or over-dip wax that has a high melting point of 160-170 F, or use a wax additive like translucent crystals that are effective in increasing the melting point of your wax.
    4. If there is room in your crucible to submerge the entire candle, that's where you can store it. Otherwise, you'll have to improvise a submersible tub. One easy option is to use large cans of frozen juice. You can color the wax if you like. Some people dip a white candle in a bold colored over-dipping wax, which is a great effect.
    5. Quickly dip the candle into the wax three or four times, then wait a minute or two between dips. The more times you dip, the thicker the outer edge / edge will be. This immersion creates a higher temperature melting "shell" around the candle, allowing the center of the candle to melt first, leaving the outside unmelted, creating a hole. Store-bought pillar candles burn this way, with the center will burn off and hold the melted wax while the sides remain intact.