Candle making can be an enjoyable pastime or it can also be a fun hobby that you and your family can take part in. If you are new to candle making, you will want to learn some candle making techniques to help you turn out great candles every time you make them. There are a variety of different ways that candle makers have been doing their jobs for centuries so chances are you can borrow some of their methods. Here are some of the basics to candle making, that will give you a head start on the process.
The first thing you will need to do is melt down the wax in a container. You will need to keep in mind that while the wax is melting, you should not be adding water as this can cause the wax to bubble. When the wax has melted down completely, you will pour it into a mold and secure it with some silicone or another sealant. This wax is called wick, and it will continue to melt until you remove it from the mold.
Now you need to determine what type of candle you will be making. There are a lot of different wicks that you can use and each one will burn differently. As an example, you could use a yellow wax candle and have the wick poke through the center of the candle. This would allow the heat from the flame to feed through the candle and melt the inside of the wick. This type of candle would be very cheap and easy to make, but it would not hold color very well.
Green wax candle making is done exactly the same way, only instead of using the yellow wax, you will use a clear candle wax. You will still get the yellowing effect from the wick, just without as much of the heat from the flame. You can buy these candles plain or colored, however I find that coloring them may provide more color to them. You can even have colored wicks if you so choose.
Now that you know what kind of candle to make you need to pick out some fragrances. If you don’t know how to scent them, then start by picking out a favorite smell and then try to recreate it in the wax. You may even want to buy some scented candles and use those instead of the ones you melt and pour yourself. Be careful, though, because some fragrances can make candles burn too quickly or start to smell like flowers if you use them too often.
Once you have the right fragrances ready, you can start to melt your candle. As you are melting the candle, use tongs to push the wick up and down to let the melted candle cool off. As you go, make sure to avoid getting the wick near the fire. The end result of this is that you can create a nice drop of candle wax in the air with the wick still attached to the candle.
While you are doing this, you can also experiment with different colors. The reason that this works so well is because the color of the melted candle is right there for you to see. This allows you to see what colors will look good together before you put the wick inside the candle. To make this easier, put a piece of cardboard under the melted candle to act as a guide for the wick placement. Once the wick is in the candle, simply poke holes into it. Use a metal scissor to do this, and make sure that the hole is poked in a straight line.
If you want your candles to be more interesting, try popping the candles out with a small nail or a hot nail gun. This will allow you to create designs or just pop out the color of the candle. It’s really a lot of fun to do candle making, and you’ll quickly learn that you can do lots of different things with these candles. Just remember that you need to keep in mind the types of wicks that you use so that the candle can burn safely and without problems.