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Easter candle in Sendenhorst

The making of Easter candles in Sendenhorst looks back on a tradition that dates back to the mid 80s. This enormous candle is known far beyond this region. Assiduous (and competent!) backer use a self-made, double-walled and gas-heated tank to melt the wax. Due to the big tanks in which the candles are dipped, people work in hallways!

Originally a group of altar servers and scouts in Sendenhorst developed the idea to make a giant Easter candle. By now, a lot of young people, confirmation groups, scouts, altar servers and individuals from Sendenhorst are involved in the production. This work is supported financially by the Church - and, of course, you can find the finished candles in the church.

Step 1: Take the double-walled tank and turn on the gas heater in order to melt the wax while you prepare the following steps.

Step 2: Refill shortly the double-walled tank with new, melted wax.

Step 3:  Afterwards the wick has to be boiled in wax so that it will be combustible later on. After that it has to be fixed at a hauling rope.

Step 4:  As soon as the wax is melted completely in the inner tank, you can start dipping candles. While candles are dipped, the temperature of the wax has to be controlled frequently. The wax must not be too hot in order to ensure the stratification in the right thickness. On the other hand, the wax must not be too cold either as the candle won’t get a smooth surface without any grooves, if this is the case.
Hang the candle on a beam above the double-walled tank in order to let it cool.

Step 5: If your candle had a diameter of 4 cm or more, it should be dipped additionally in a water pipe (2,20m). Like this the wax does not glide off the wick. After each dip, it has to cool.
It is important to pat the surface of the candle dry after it has been dipped in the water pipe. If you don’t do so, the following layers won’t cling to the candle and ungly bubbles can occur. What is more, the burning behaviour would be influenced in a negative way. For making a candle which is about 130 mm thick you’ll need to dip the candle into the wax about 180 - 200 times. The real number depends on the average temperature of the wax as well as on the temperature of the candle. That’s why it can’t be defined accurately.


At the top: the melting tank
On the right: the working area in a hallway



The finished real gem is finally decorated with wax films.