@cellmania: My daughter is a girl scout and one of their fundraisers this year was candle sales. They voted to make their own candles. I am including the “recipe” that they used for floating candles.
You need a muffin pan, paraffin wax, color dye, wick, scissors, double boiler, wooden spoons and stearic acid.
Break your paraffin wax into small pieces. Put them in the top of the double boiler and melt them. Stir constantly. You can use a candy thermometer to check the temp. Once it reaches 180 degrees, you can turn off the heat. Add 4 tsp. of stearic acid per pound of wax into the melted wax. Add your favorite color and stir well.
Pour the liquid wax into each individual cup of the muffin pan. Don’t fill them full or they won’t float. Let the wax cool and cut the wicks a half inch longer than the height of your candle. Place the wick in the center of the candle. Let the wax cool until hard and then remove from the pan. You have candles!
Sorry for the long post. Tried to shorten it as much as I could!