Candle making is one of the oldest hobbies dating back to ancient times. While candle making is considered by many to be romantic, candle making has also been used as a way to raise money for charity through the production of beautifully crafted, richly scented candles that were often used to light the homes of those who supported particular charities. Candle making developed independently in several different places across history. One of these places was Egypt where candle makers were known as Pharaoh’s workers.
The Egyptians would not only turn tallow and spermaceti into soap but also into candles. They would do this by melting the tallow and paraffin wax in a large pot and then adding the sulfur ingredient, which gave off the scent of burning fat. This pot would then be brought to the home of the Pharaoh and the candles would be created in the shape of the gods of the Pharaoh’s day. The candles were often covered with jewels to further emphasize the royalty of the Pharaoh’s time.
Candle making in the pharaohs’ day did not stop with candles. They would also bake pots of honey, so that it could be used as a dye for things such as cups and clothing. In fact candles were so important to the pharaohs that they were declared symbols of the pharaohs and were used during the New Year celebrations. Pharaohnic candles were made by melting tallow and paraffin wax in an open fire. After the tallow and paraffin wax melted and cooled they were then covered with colored glass and allowed to dry so they would darken before being placed in special baskets called naskh.
How to make homemade candles is not difficult once you get started. The first step is to start with a good candle making recipe. This recipe will give you all of the materials you need to get started including a mold and the essential oils that you will need. Next you will need to gather up all of the supplies you will need to include your beeswax, tallow, beeswax block and beeswax beads.
Candle molds can be found at any craft store. A good example is to use a clear plastic mold to hold your homemade candles while at the same time preventing the beeswax from melting. This will ensure that the beeswax does not evaporate and ruin the candle making mixture. A pouring pitcher will be needed to pour the wax mixture into the mold. Next you will need a ladle to drop the wick into the mixture and the pouring brush to mix the candle wicks and the wax melt together.
Once all of the candles are mixed, it is time to add the fragrance. Any type of fragrance will do but one of the most popular is carrier oil. This scent will not completely cover the candles but it will enhance the candle making process. The fragrance will also help to make the candles last longer.
Decorative enhancements are the next thing that candle makers added to candles. They have been around as long as candles have been around. Decorative enhancements take many forms. The use of ribbons or laces was very popular in the early 19th century for example. In addition to decorating the candles with decorative elements like ribbons and laces they were also used to add a decorative scent to the candles.
Another one of the more popular ways candle makers enhanced candles was by adding a middle age chemical known as tallow to the mixture. This middle age chemical was made to smell like meat. There are many stories that mention how the candle makers smelled the tallow out so the candle would burn as expected. The addition of tallow also added a cooling effect that made the middle ages candle making more pleasing to the senses.