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The ancient technique of hand-dipping candles -- repeatedly dipping a weighted wick in melted wax -- remains unchanged today. Two candles are dipped at once, one at each end of a long wick.

Heated wax can ignite, so never leave it unattended; lower heat immediately if wax begins to burn or smoke. The color can be deepened or altered with shavings of darker beeswax or wax-dye pellets.  Use 15-ply wicking for thin tapers, 24-ply for candles thicker than 1/2 inch.

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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Melt beeswax or paraffin in a double boiler: Put wax in any pot tall enough to accommodate the length of the candles you're making; place the pot in a stockpot half full of water set over an electric burner on high heat. The temperature should remain below 200 degrees on a candy thermometer.

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Step 2

As wax is melting, prepare wick: Cut a length of wicking that will leave enough room for dipping a candle on each end. Tie weights to wick ends -- use fishing weights, metal nuts, or several pennies stuck together with bits of soft wax

Step 3

est wax temperature (it should be about 165 degrees), and seal wick by dipping the ends into melted wax up to the desired candle length.

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Step 4

The wax should harden 4 seconds after the wick is removed. Holding the wick at its midpoint, redip the ends into wax then plunge candles into cold water. Repeat until candles reach the desired diameter.

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Step 5

Hang finished candles over a broom balanced on two chair backs, making sure candles don't touch each other. Let them harden for a day in a cool, draft-free spot. With a mat knife, cut off weights, and redip ends to finish taper bottoms.

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