Making Wax Candles on Your Own
Doing your own candle making is very rewarding. You can use your candles personally, give them as gifts, or sell them. You will need lots of supplies to do your candle making correctly.
You can use fragrances or dyes during your candle making. You can either use one fragrance or dye at a time or mix several together for unique scents and colors. With the fragrance you can mix it into the wax or put it on the wick.
There are various waxes that you can use. There are waxes that have natural colors and fragrances. Paraffin wax is the most commonly used wax and it comes from refining petroleum. A great wax to use for scented candles is soy wax.
Using molds in your candle making can help you use the fullness of your creativity. They can be tricky to use so beginners should stick with simple molds. There are various shapes and sizes in molds to choose from. Craft stores carry molds or you can make your own.
Jars are always a nice alternative to molds if they intimidate you. They are simpler because once you pour the wax into the jar you are done. The jars can help beautify your candle through various shapes and sizes.
You will need a make shift double broiler to melt your wax in. You will need a big metal pot and a coffee can. Put the coffee can in the center of the pot and fill water in the pot. Make sure that no water gets in the coffee can. Melt and stir the wax in the coffee can, but make sure you do not burn the wax.
You need to make sure that you watch the wax’s temperature. You can use a candy thermometer to monitor it. You can add fragrance and dye at 185 degrees and put it in the mold at 135 degrees.
Always make sure you are being safe in your candle making. Make sure that children and pets cannot get in the melting workspace. It is also recommended that you have a fire extinguisher ready in case your wax gets too hot and catches on fire.