I have been burning a lot of candles recently in light of Diamond Candle excitement ;) This is what I learned recently: “tunneling,” is when the wax on the sides of the candle don’t melt with the middle part of the candle, so it stays higher on the sides, while the middle melts down. I did some light online searching, watched a video (She starts talking about it at minute 8…here) and tried this inexpensive way to fix candle tunneling.
- Piece of foil
- One pair of scissors
Here’s What I Did:
- Take a piece of foil (try to rip off a square shape)
- Fold it twice (you should end up with an even smaller square)
- Trace the top/mouth of the candle onto the center of the foil
- Freehand a circle within the circle you just traced (Mine was about a half of an inch inward) or eye it after you fold your foil in half again.
- Fold your piece of foil in half again with the tracing facing out (so you can see it)
- Either cut on the line of your freehand inner circle or eye it and cut out a circle that is smaller than the mouth of the candle (you should be cutting out a semi circular shape at this point)
- Unfold the foil so you can see a complete circle
- Light your candle and cover it with your foil…BE CAREFUL not to burn yourself over the candle flame (I mostly just pressed the foil against the sides and made sure the hole in the top was centered)
- Let it burn for hours and eventually some wax should melt off of the sides
- After it has burned for like 3-5 hours, you can “help” it along if you want to. If the wax on the side it really soft, you can push it down into the melted wax (I used a wooden coffee stirrer) and to kind of even it out…pretty quickly after that, the soft wax with be completely melted and incorporated into the fully melted wax. (again be VERY careful while “helping it along”)