How to use Drip Candles

Create a wine bottle sculpture:

Start with a clean, empty bottle. Tall narrow bottles like wine bottles work best, but any will do as long as the mouth of the bottle is about 3/4 inch in diameter. This is the size of the drip candles, and it will be easier to get the candle to stand in the mouth of the bottle if they are near the same size.

Place the bottle on a solid surface and protect an area about one foot around the bottle on all sides. The wax will drip down the bottle and some of it will make its way down to the surface, so protect any table tops, furniture, or shelves you put your wine bottle sculpture on. Also be careful to keep it away from curtains, papers, and anything flammable.

Light the first candle and hold it horizontally so the flame is about one inch over the mouth of the bottle. Tilt the candle so a few drops of wax drip onto the mouth of the bottle.

Quickly, while the wax is still warm, turn the candle right side up and place it into the mouth of the bottle. Press gently to secure the bottom of the candle into the bottle mouth and hold it steadily for about 30 seconds until the wax hardens. Carefully let go to see if the candle is secure. Keep a close eye on the candle to make sure it stays upright.

Enjoy the show as the wax flows into a cascade of color and shape. When the candle is almost gone and the flame is in a small puddle at the mouth of the bottle, choose another candle. Light it from the flame, and set the base of the new candle directly onto the flame of the old candle, extinguishing it. Hold the new candle steady for about 30 seconds until it seems secure. The melted wax from the previous flame will harden and hold your new candle in place. Continue adding candles to create a unique, ever-changing work of art.

Enjoy your wine bottle sculpture!