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Gourd Candles

The Martha Stewart Show, November November Fall 2007 2007

Tools and Materials
Gourds
Quart-size containers (plastic)
Piece of wood
Screw
Tape
Measuring cups (plastic)
Rubber compound OOMOO 30, in pink and blue
Pure beeswax
Concentrated color chips
Wicks
Dowel
Scissors
Wax paper (optional)

Gourd Candles How-To
1. Attach gourd to a piece of wood using a screw. Place gourd in a quart-size container. Wrap tape over container to secure gourd in place.

2. Next, make the rubber candle mold. In a measuring cup, combine equal amounts of rubber compound liquid, pink and blue. Mix liquid rubber contents thoroughly.

3. Continue mixing and pour liquid rubber inside quart container. Then, pour into second measuring cup to ensure it's mixed well. Demold to reveal mold cavity.

4. Make candle wax by adding a square of concentrated color chips to melting wax and melt at low heat. Tip: Test color by placing a drop of dyed wax on wax paper; add an additional square if a darker color is desired.

5. Insert wick into mold, making sure wick is at least an inch longer than mold. Roll wick around a dowel to secure and avoid falling into mold. Place mold back in quart container to secure in place. Carefully pour hot wax inside mold.

6. Before unmolding, make sure candle is completely cooled; time varies depending on size of gourd. If wick is too long, clip to desired size. Light candles and enjoy!

Resources
Rubber compound OOMOO 30 can be purchased at smooth-on.com. Wicks can be found at candlewic.com.

Comments (2)

  • 18 Jan, 2008

    I think this technique is one of the best to use on lots of items. I remember when Martha used this same technique using small branches and also wooden finials to mold candles.

  • 24 Nov, 2007

    I made these candles for my Thanksgiving tablescape and it turned out great. It's a little messy and a bit complicated at times but don't give up! GOOD HINT: If you don't have the tools or technical skills to create the wood-screw combination, try using a waiters' corkscrew, the kind that opens up and has a little blade at the end. Just screw the corkscrew into the gourd and rest the tool on top of the mold container.