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How to Make an Ombre Layered Bubble Candle in 4 Easy Steps

Make fun three coloured layered bubble candles that create a gradient ombre effect in neutral tones or a pop of colour with our DIY Bubble Candle Making Kits at home in 4 easy steps. 

Materials

Find all of these materials in our Bubble Candle Making Kits:

  • bubble silicone mould
  • coconut soy wax
  • wick
  • fragrance oil
  • stirring stick
  • coloured wax dye (optional)
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Step 1 - Prep the Mould

Insert the wick through the hole in the silicone mould and push it through to the opening of the mould. Place the wick bar over the wick to keep it centred.

Step 2 - Melt the Wax

Half fill a pot or pan with water and bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Separate the wax into thirds or 50g. Add one third (50g) of coconut soy wax to a heat proof jar (metal pitcher or glass measuring jar) and place the jar into the simmering water to melt the wax. Do not mix the wax and water together.

Add the Fragrance Oil

Once the wax is melted, remove it from the heat and stir in a few drops of the fragrance oil ensuring it is well combined with the wax. Adding fragrance oil is optional. If you prefer an unscented candle simply skip the fragrance oil.

Add the Wax Dye

You can leave this layer natural or add in your choice of wax dye while the wax is still hot and stir it in until it is dissolved. This layer should either be the lightest or darkest. Keep in mind that this will be at the top of the candle once it is demoulded.

Allow the scented wax to cool for 3-5 minutes. If you have a thermometer on hand, aim for a temperature of 50-55 degrees Celsius.

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Step 3 - Pour the Wax

Slowly pour the cooled wax into your mould. Do not allow the layers to set fully as this can cause them to separate once the candle is set.

Repeat Steps 2-3

Once your first layer is almost set, melt another third (50g) and stir in a few drops of the fragrance oil (optional) and coloured wax dye. Pour this second layer and repeat the process for the last layer, adding more wax dye of the same colour so that it is more pigmented, resulting in an ombre effect.

Our wax dye chips make it easier to control the intensity of the colour compared to liquid dye.

Once all layers are poured, allow the wax to set for a minimum of 24 hours. The longer you keep the wax in the mould the smoother your candle will be as this gives the wax more time to cure and results in a smoother finish.

Step 4 - Demould

Once your candle is set, gently pull all parallel sides of the mould away from the wax to release your sculptural masterpiece. 

Clean your mould with hot water and ensure it is dry before your next use. Repeat the process!

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Trouble Shooting

If the candle doesn't come out very smooth, chances are the wax was too hot when poured into the mould. Try letting the wax cool for longer before pouring your next candle. 

You can also place your set mould into the freezer for 1 or 2 minutes to contract the wax away from the silicone before demoulding.

Candle Care Tips

Don't forget these hot tips to maximise the life of your candles:

  • Trim wick to 6mm before lighting
  • Light on heat-proof non-flammable surface
  • Place burning candles 10cm apart
  • Do not move a burning candle
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended
  • Keep out of reach of children and pets
  • Avoid exposure to drafts and direct sunlight

Try Making a Female Body Candle Next

Now that you know how to make gorgeous candles, follow our tutorial on How to Make a Torso Candle in 4 Simple Steps to make your own trendy female body candles at home.

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