Last week, Sola and I did some candle decorating using Stockmar decorating wax. This wax is thinner and stiffer than the modeling wax that Stockmar makes. There is not a super lot of information online about using decorating wax, but Stockmar does have some “Creativity Tips” downloads that offer some suggestions about making pretty candles with decorating wax. One suggesting the offer is that store bought candles need to be buffed with a cloth to rub off a film that is on them. We found that really helped allow the candle wax and decorating wax to blend in to each other some.
Speaking of new candles, though I dearly love the smell and feel of beeswax candles, I find that soy candles are better suited for decorating, just because soy candles come in white. Though yellow beeswax candles might make for some lovely autumn designs.
The best tools that we have found for cutting out wax shapes are some wooden clay carving tools from Loew Cornell that we own (the set we own does not appear to be made anymore, but Dick Blick carries a similar set for $8.99). These tools slice through wax very nicely, leaving very clean and smooth edges. Also, wax doesn’t stick to these tools, like it does to other cutting tools that we have tried.
We also have some metal shape punches that came in a craft kit that I bought a long time ago. The only place that I could find similar punches was at this Canadian Waldorf company, Maple Splendor (scroll to bottom of page).I’ve pinned some candle decorating examples, as well as other beeswax candle making and modeling ideas on my “Candlemas” board, if you’re interested in some more inspiration for candle making and decorating.