Tealight candle with flame and wax material in Cycles

  • October 30, 2013
  • Blender 2.6x
  • Render: Cycles
  • Creator: elkid
  • License: CC-BY
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This tealight candle was completely modeled from scratch, and contains some unique features. First, the wax material is a combination of subsurface scattering, anisotropic, and glossy shaders. Second, I think the flame is actually a "cheat" in that it is a mesh with a semi-transparent texture used as an emission shader and depends upon a Glare node for the glow effect.

All things consider, it's pretty, so enjoy!


  • FayZee profile picture

    This delightful tealight is another example of creative living from elkid. These little touches make all the difference when spending quality time with others.

    Edited October 30, 2013
  • elkid profile picture

    Thank you for the kind words!

    Written November 01, 2013
  • oldtimer profile picture

    It's really cool, but in my humble opinion, the wax around the flame should be more brilliant and "liquid". Thanks for sharing your work.

    Written October 30, 2013
  • elkid profile picture

    I agree! I've made some minor adjustments, and updated the file. Thanks for the critique!

    Written November 01, 2013
  • FayZee profile picture

    A tiny change but a greatly improved effect.

    Written November 02, 2013
  • Killerbanshee profile picture

    Hi! Finally found a tealight! I dissected your .blend so i could learn to do my own, and this helped a lot. One problem i have is that the "hot wax" part in the middle isn't smoothed out like it is on this pages picture. There seems to be a "hot texture" file missing as well. How did you smooth the result?

    Written December 07, 2013
  • elkid profile picture

    The hot texture file is just a gradient circle that makes the hot wax fade out. That texture should've been packed with the file but was not. Thanks for making me aware of that problem ... I will upload an updated blend immediately with the missing file packed.

    Written December 10, 2013
  • ghadoorjust profile picture

    Thank you! .. i've used your candle in my project with some changes What If Robots Have Feelings? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmCEMPT_RYw

    Written June 24, 2015
  • elkid profile picture

    Glad it was useful! :)

    Edited August 16, 2015
  • Comotempera profile picture

    Nice! Thank you! I dissected your .blend so i could learn to do my own, and this helped a lot. I like a flame...

    Written February 01, 2017
  • lyjen profile picture


    Written July 11, 2017