Candle making is one of the oldest forms of making homemade candles. The process of candle making may seem simple enough, but the back story is filled with twists and turns that only an experienced candle maker would understand. Candle making has been developed over thousands of years in many different regions all over the world. At first, candle making was done simply by dying flowers and plants for their oils and curative properties. It wasn’t until the late Middle Ages when candle making craft became more sophisticated.
Back then it was necessary to melt the wax and make a steady supply of candle making supplies. Today you can buy ready made wax mixes and equipment from your local drugstore or large chain retailers. The basic process of candle making is the same. The only difference is the equipment and supplies needed. You still need a hot flame to melt the wax, but now you also need to have a burner capable of providing that heat.
Candle making craft uses two different kinds of fuel to burn the wax and create the candle. One kind of fuel is used to burn very hot, and the other kind of fuel is used to burn very slow. Both have different advantages and disadvantages. In this article we will discuss the differences of the two kinds of fuel and what you can do with your candle making craft.
The two main types of fuel you will need are tallow and paraffin. Depending on the type of candle making craft you are doing, you will want to melt your waxes in different containers. For example, if you are making long burning candles you will want to use tallow. If you are doing short burning candles you will want to use paraffin.
For this article we will focus on using tallow and paraffin for candle making crafts. The reason for this is because these are the materials most commonly found in candles of the early 19th century. Most people think candles were created in the middle of the 19th century, but that is not true. Candle makers created candles out of tallow and paraffin even before the early 1900’s.
Candle molds come in many shapes and sizes today. In the early 19th century candle molds were made out of clay. They were large and very difficult to make. The clay candle molds were widely used for mass production of candles and it was not until the late 1800’s that candle making molds shaped like pans (the first candle wax pans) were widely used.
You can get candle making supplies at your local craft store, or you can shop online for them. There are many suppliers available today. Some of the top suppliers of candle making supplies are: Craftsman, The Waring Company, Michael’s, and Lefroy Brooks. You can order them online and have them shipped directly to your home or office. You can find many suppliers on-line by doing a simple search.
When you are ready to make a candle you want to follow the candle making steps that are given to you when you make your candle. Many candle makers start by melting the wax in a double boiler. Once the wax is melted, it is moved to the bottom of the double boiler where it is covered with a layer of foam to keep the melted wax from spilling out. Once it is covered, the wax is allowed to set and hardened. The candle is then ready to be poured into its special wicks.
Now here comes the fun part. You can design your candles in many ways using the wax that you have melted. You can also add decorations to the wicks if you like. Many people are adding colorful raffia, beads, and glitter to their candles to make them look more attractive. Candle decorating ideas are endless and you don’t have to spend a fortune to make your candles look attractive.
Beeswax candles are usually tallow based. Other types of candles commonly used are soy, paraffin, gel, and beeswax. When choosing the wax to use in your candle making projects, you should know which type of candle making wax is right for you. These different waxes have different properties and burns differently.
Candle making is a fun hobby to take up. The candle making supplies that you purchase will come in handy for the project that you are working on. Most craft supply stores carry candle making supplies. You can also find candle making supplies online if you are not near a craft store. If you start out making candles as a hobby you will be hooked for life.