A bleeding skull candle can be great for many things! At Halloween parties and as decorations everyone will want to know where you found such unique candles!
BLEEDING SKULL CANDLE Materials Needed: 2 Melting pots (you are working with two different colors) Skull Mold Wicking 156mp Paraffin Wax Micro cubes Container wax Titanium White Artist Oil Paint (to color the outer shell) Red (to color the inner wax) Dragon’s Blood Scent (optional) Masking Tape
Step 1: Prepare mold as normal by setting wick and clamping the mold together. We use masking tape around the edges to keep the mold from leaking.
Step 2: Wax Preparation - Prepare the outer shell first by melting 1 pound of 156mp paraffin and 1 micro cube to 180 degrees. Add enough white dye oil paint to make the wax look bright white when cool. The oil paint as it gives a creamy white color to the outer shell. You may also just pour the wax, but I found it was too translucent and the inner color may show through.
Step 3: Pour the wax into the mold to fill the mold completely. This will be your outer shell. Now, let the wax cool until you have a shell of at least a 1/4 inch. Anything less will let the color of the inner core bleed through and much more will defeat the effect of the bleeding eyes. You can figure this out by poking relief holes (as in normal molded candle making) to show just how much a shell has formed by the cooling wax.
Once the shell is formed, create a pour hole in the candle and dump the inner liquid wax back into the pouring pot of the same color. You will use this again later. Remove the mold from your stand and tilt the mold with the top of the skull pointing up so the remaining liquid wax (you never get all the liquid wax out) will gather in the lower back of the mold. See picture below.
Let the outer shell set and cool for about 3 to 4 hours giving it time to harden. Do not rush this process or the core color may bleed through.
Step 4: Melt 12 oz. of container wax to 180 degrees and add enough red dye too look like blood. A little bit of burgundy may also be added to the red to deepen the color to blood red. Add ¾ of scent if desired. Let cool to 150 degrees.
Step 5: Sit your mold upright again and pour the red core wax at a temp of 150 degrees into the inside of your skull to about 3/4” below the top of the skull. Allow candle to cool for at least 4 hours.
Step 6: Re-melt the white outer shell wax and pour to the lip of the mold. Let it cool and again and fill again with white wax if necessary. When the candle hardens, remove it from the mold, level the base of the candle and enjoy your creation.
Burning Hint: Make sure to always burn in a suitable candle container since a pool of wax will form from the eyes bleeding out. Candle should not be burned more than 4 hours at a time for maximum consumption time.
We hope you have had fun with this project and we would like to thank George Boddie for providing the inspiration and initial instructions for this project.