In the past several years the popularity of “whipped” wax has returned. In the early 1970’s whipped waxes were used in many different candles including balls (resembled snow balls), logs, “sugarcoated candles” and pillars to create unique and different looks.
Taking a candle which has a color and applying a white whipped wax to the candle produces a very unique look as the candle burns and the colors becomes apparent.
Today the “whipped wax” has proven to be even more popular with the introduction of cake candles, pie candles and ideal applications with gels. Getting the wax to have the whipped appearance can be relatively easy.
- It is recommended that you start with a 140/142 melt point wax. Melt this wax in a small container where the temperature can be controlled easily, a crock pot or small water jacket melter will work very well. Caution Note: Any container you use should also have a secure lid which can be placed on the melter.
- Begin melting your wax, when it reaches 160F turn off the heat, watch the wax very closely and as the wax begins to cloud whip the wax with a fork, eggbeater or mixer at a very slow speed. (Make sure you have permission to use the household mixer, using this mixer again for making cookies may be difficult.) The wax will begin to take on a “whipped look.” Be careful not to agitate harshly in that it may “dry” the wax and make it brittle.
Caution Note: Safety Glasses should be worn when whipping the wax. Gloves should also be worn since your hands may come in direct contact with the wax.
- If the wax begins to harden on the side of the melter you should turn the heat on to melt off the wax on the sides.
- Once you have achieved the look you desire you can apply the wax with a fork, tongue depressor, spatula or gloved hand.
The use of the whipped wax is only limited by your imagination; use it to make cake candles, make your pie candles look real, put on top of beer mugs to give it that frothy look.
Please exercise all necessary precautions when using whipped wax.