to Make an Aquarium Candle
This one is best done in two steps.
glassware, fish, and flooring such as craft sand, gems, or sea gems.
(We have all of those, too. :) Mount your wick in the bottom of your
container with a wick sticky. (If using sea gems and/or real coral,
wash and dry these items thoroughly before adding to your candle).
Heat your gel.
You can add some scent now or wait until right before you get ready to
pour the main part of your candle.
Once you have
placed your wick, add a one to one and a half inch layer of flooring
to your candle. Place the decorative items such as shells and bottom
embeds on the floor of your candle. Pour two inches of gel into the
bottom of the candle, and place in a 180 degree oven for about an hour
to permeate the gel throughout the flooring. This cuts down on bubbles
candle from the oven. Using thin fishing line, string your fish
through the hole in the top. Lay a piece of wire coathanger or
popsicle stick over the top of your container. Tie the fishing line
over it to hold your floating fish in place. Pour the rest of your
At this point,
you can allow your candle to cool and see how many bubbles you have or
you can go ahead and pop it back into the oven to get the rest of the
bubbles out. The longer you leave it in, the cleared your candle gets
and the fainter the scent becomes. (That's why you can bake
over-scented cloudy candles to clear them up - the heat makes the
scent evaporate faster.)
Once you are
satisfied with the way your candle turned out, then cut the string and
slowly remove the fishing line.