Below is a little insight into the process of creating the taper candles, from winding the wick around a frame, then repeatedly dipping them into a vat of hot wax to build up layers. After each dip, the level of the wax in the vat decreases slightly, making each layer slightly lower than the last and giving the candles their distinctive taper shape. The colour dipped tapers are dipped in coloured wax for the last few dips. Once they reach the desired thickness (after around 30 or so dips), they are then cut from the frame at the base, which leaves them in joined pairs. They are left overnight to properly harden, and the next day the bases are smoothed off. Finally they are packaged and labelled in pairs so you know they came from the same batch.
The essential tools: dipping frame, pliers and wicking
The first step is to wind the wick onto the frame
The wick is then tied and tightened ready to start dipping
The frame is then dipped into the vat of wax to form the first layer
After first few layers of wax, the candles start to take shape
A frame with six tapers starting to get wider
Dipping the candles into the vat...
...then waiting for the drips to stop
Melting the wax for the colour dip with the wax leftover from making the last batch
The molten coloured wax ready for dipping
Colour layers building up on the candles
Finished candles waiting to be packaged
Adding the ribbon and tying on the labels
All ready to go!
Thanks to Sarah Greig Design and Illustration and Design for taking the beautiful photos while I was busy creating!