Having a few candles around the house is the perfect way to freshen up a room with just a light of a match. It is especially nice when you can make your own to match your decor. These faux DIY amethyst clay candles were made my marbling polymer clay to create a vessel and then melting wax and adding a custom scent to make the perfect candle. While the process has a few steps, none of them are that difficult. Plus, the resulting custom gem stone candles are perfect for gifts or to keep and freshen up a room in your home.
- Polymer clay in 3-4 shades of purple (or another color if you prefer)
- Glass Cup or Votive
- Rolling Pin
- Oven and Baking Sheet
- Candle Wax
- Candle Wax Pourer
- Wooden Wicks
- Fragrance Oil
Begin by rolling out the clay into logs and then twist the clay together.
The more colors you use the more variation in your final piece. Keep twisting and folding the clay and twisting some more to really incorporate the colors.
When it begins to look like the above log, use your rolling pin to roll out the clay. You will want the width of the clay to be the same as the height of the vessel, and the length to be equal to the circumference.
Once rolled out, roll your vessel down the length of the clay and wrap the clay around the vessel as you go.
Use your fingers to smooth out the clay and bring it up and around all sides of the vessel. Then use a craft knife to cut off any extra on the bottom, top inside edge, and along the seem where the two ends of the clay meet. Your finger can help to smooth out the seam and blend the clay together.
Once wrapped, bake your vessel in a 250F oven for 15 minutes to cure the clay. Then let cool. Meanwhile, melt the wax pieces in your wax pitcher over a double boiler. When the wax has melted, add an ounce of fragrance oil. Whisk for 1-2 minutes to incorporate the fragrance into the wax.
Add your wooden wick to your cooled clay vessel, and pour in the melted wax. Let set for a few hours until the wax hardens.
When the wax has cooled fully, the candles are ready to light or give as gifts. I love the variation in marbling and striation you get with the twisting of the clay. Feel free to try green and black clay for a malachite gemstone look or white and a touch of pink for a rose quartz candle.
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Kara is the owner and designer of Kailo Chic. She loves all things bright, colorful, and patterned. Kara also loves interior design, DIY projects, designing new accessories, gardening, and cooking. A Kailo Chic Life features all of these passions.