Candle making has been developed differently in different regions across the globe independently over time. It started out as a hobby and has since developed into a very popular craft which can now be pursued by people of all ages. This hobby is becoming more popular as candle making skills are being passed down through the generations. Candle making can be a fun and stimulating activity that will allow you to experiment and discover new things.
Some of the many uses of candle making include: candle decorating, candle making supplies, and even candle weddings. When learning how to make candles, you can specialize in a specific type of wax or candle project such as a candle wedding, or perhaps a candle for someone’s birthday, holiday or celebration. Let’s explore some of the basics of candle making and see what options and choices you have when it comes to wax and candle making supplies.
Before you get started learning about candle making, you should know that you will need some basic supplies including wax, thermometer, double boiler, fragrance, wicks, jars, rolling pin, gloves and a knife. Although most kits will indicate that the materials are already included, you should also buy a good air pump to use in piping for your wax. An air pump will help to keep your candle making at room temperature so you don’t have to keep constantly re-baking. You can save valuable time by not having to constantly monitor the temperature of the soybeans and using the disposable packets instead.
As you begin to candle making, you will need to learn a few tips to help you melt wax easily and efficiently. If you want to make small quantities of candles, you can place the wax in a small glass measuring cup. Then you take your favorite fragrance and pour it over the top of the small amounts of wax. Allow it to become solid and then carefully pour the melted wax into your separate mold. Next you will want to gather all of the leftover wax in a clean rag and pour it into your new container with your wax.
Candle making with tallow is very similar to making candles with soy or paraffin wax. You will need to buy a candle making kit that contains both tallow and beeswax. If you want to do it yourself, you can melt your own tallow and beeswax and you can find recipes for making these two products on the Internet. These methods usually take longer to make than soy candles and candle making with soy and paraffin wax.
If you want to make candles that smell really good, you will want to purchase some natural essential oils. Some of the scents include geranium, lemon, rose, vanilla, eucalyptus, sandalwood and ylang-ylang. You can purchase these essential oils and their corresponding fragrance from craft and fragrance stores. There are other essential oils that you can purchase from craft stores and they may smell better than the ones you purchase from fragrance stores.
After you melt down the wax, you will want to preheat your candle making kit. Then you can begin melting the wicks that are included with the candle kits. If you want to make candles that smell really good, you will want to take a piece of aluminum foil and place it over the wick before you even melt the candle. The aluminum will prevent any scent from escaping and allow the candle to dry quickly.
When you melt down your wax, you should pour it into your containers with your wicks and then into your lined candle making kits. There are many suppliers of these containers online. You may be able to find them in your local drugstore or in an online candle making supply store. You will want to allow your wax to cool to room temperature before placing it into the containers with your wicks. Once your wax is cool, you can then add your scents, melt your wicks, and pour into your containers.