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How to Make Moldable Wax

By Samantha Lowe

Things Needed

  • Measuring cups
  • Natural beeswax
  • Microcrystalline wax
  • Paraffin wax
  • Double boiler
  • Silicone mold
Wax can be molded into funky shapes for interesting candles.

Moldable wax is a simple material that has a myriad of applications, from ear plugs to a container for soft cheeses to soft candles. Paraffin, the most common purchasable wax, is hard and brittle while natural beeswax and microcrystalline varieties are soft and the perfect additives to create a moldable wax. Turning a common hard wax, easily purchased at a crafting or even grocery store, in to a moldable one is simple.

Measure the amount of paraffin wax that you are working with by using a measuring cup. Determine what 1/100th of that amount is. This is how much beeswax is to be added.

Read the microcrystalline instructions, as each brand can differ in what quantity needs to be added. Measure out the called for amount by the instructions, generally about 1/200th of the amount of paraffin.

Fill the bottom of the double boiler half way with water. Set it on the stove and bring it to a slight simmer on medium heat.

Place the measured amounts of beeswax, microcrystalline wax and paraffin wax in the top part of the double boiler.

Stir the wax continuously, until it is thoroughly combined and completely melted – between five to 10 minutes.

Pour the melted wax in to the silicone mold. Allow it to set in the mold. Use as desired.

About the Author

Based in Kingston, Canada, Samantha Lowe has been writing for publication since 2006. She has written articles for the "Mars' Hill" newspaper and copy for various design projects. Her design and copy for the "Mars' Hill" won the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award in 2008. Lowe holds an Honors BA from Trinity Western University, and a MSc in Occupational Therapy from Queen's University where she is currently doing her PhD.