Introduction: Two Foot Wide Sphere Candle

Picture of Two Foot Wide Sphere Candle
How to make a hollow floating candle
This candle design requires a lot of wax. You've been warned; it's messy!

  • Two-foot diameter beach ball.
  • Paraffin pillar wax, 2-5 lbs.  (Do not use soy, container, or bees wax; they are too sooty, soft, and expensive, respectively.)
  • Wicks or string, ~22 ft.

  1. Melt wax in a double boiler. Never melt wax directly in a pot on an open flame. It's very dangerous!
  2. Slop, scoop, and pour wax on beach ball until it is ~1/2 inch thick.
  3. Add wicks.
  4. Slop on more wax until it's about 2 inches thick on the bottom.
  5. Let harden.  Deflate and remove beach ball from top.

  • Place candle on a stand or in water.
  • Light.
  • Take pictures! Candle burns for 2-3 hours.


confu (author)2013-03-21

This looks like it´s just about to spit out a burning alien face-hugger ;)
Will have to try this out on our pond in summer. Do smaller versions (e.g. using a balloon) also work?

jtsubota (author)confu2013-03-22

Yes, smaller versions work as well. However, they burn down really fast; small versions only last ~10 minutes.

scoochmaroo (author)2011-10-10

I would love to see a step-by-step for this!

l8nite (author)2011-10-07

that's totally bad..

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