Beer candles aren’t candles made from beer or a candle you can drink, it’s a candle that looks like a glass of beer, and it can be a suitable gift to a beer lover.
A beer mug or pilsner glass, wire core wick, scent oil (optional), and the basic candle making products – wax, dye, etc… will be needed.
Prime some wire core wicking and add a wick tab. It will need to be at least a few inches longer than the depth of the glass. Wrap the top around a dowel or pencil so that the tab is suspended slightly above the bottom of the glass. Set this wick assembly aside.
Preheat the glass to about 65 C (150 F). This can be done in an oven or in hot tap water. Caution – use gloves or a pot holder when handling the hot glass.
Prepare the wax mixture. I like to use 128/130 MP wax with no additives for these to get maximum translucency. Add dye until a nice beer colour is obtained. For these photos, I used a mixture of yellow and gold dye. A green dye may be used to make that St. Patrick’s Day favourite – green beer. Stir in scent if desired.
Using gloves, remove the glass from preheating and immediately pour the beer wax in. Leave approximately 1-2 cm (1/2 – 3/4 of an inch) from the top. Insert wick assembly from step 1, making sure it is centred and the wick tab does not touch the glass.
Relief holes should be poked near the wick as the candle cools. A repour may be needed to fill the shrink void, and care should be taken that the repour does not go above the level of the first pour. A smooth, flat surface is not required since the top will be covered.
Once the candle is fully cooled, remove the dowel and stretch wick to full length. Prepare whipped wax. I find a very mushy consistency looks most like beer foam. When the proper consistency is attained apply by dropping onto the top of the candle with a spoon. I like to allow some top run over the side for more realism. Make sure the wick is still centred, and allow to cool.
Enjoy your creation.