A lot of people have started making their own candles. While it is a fun hobby to get into, it can be expensive if you are not careful. Making candles can require a lot of equipment and supplies. If you want to save money and make your own candles at home, then here are some tips for you to consider.
One of the first things you need to buy to start making candles is beeswax. Beeswax comes from the beehive of bees, which is why it is so expensive. You can buy it from a craft store or online at eBay. The best type of beeswax to use is called soy wax. Soy wax candles are a little bit harder to find but they burn longer than regular beeswax candles.
Another thing that you will need to buy is a glass jug with a tight fitting lid, and a stirring stick. You will also need some funnel so that you can pour the wax and wick into your glass jug. A double boiler can come in handy to heat up the wax and mix it all up. After the wax is heated, you just pour it into your jar, add a stick that you can stick into the bottom of the jar to keep the mixture from spilling out. Then let it cool and you will ready to make your candles.
The type of wicks you use will depend on the color of the candle. There are several different kinds including natural white wicks, colored white wicks and pink wicks. To melt the wax, you will need a bowl, a pan, a tall man with a wide opening and a wick inserted through the center of the opening.
Your slow-cooker should have a thermometer built-in, otherwise you will have to measure and burn by hand. When it is time to make homemade candles, you will need to add the wax and water mixture into your pan. The pan must be covered and either placed on the stove or an oven works just as well. If it is placed on the stove, remember that you need to place the pan on the heat source, not on a burner.
If you are using soy, remember to soak the paraffin wax before adding it to your mixture. You can make homemade candles from beeswax and vegetable oil, but if you want to make the best candles, you should use paraffin. This is because paraffin is easily burned while soy burns easily and produces very little smoke.
If you would like to make your own candles from candles wax, you will need to determine the color that you want. Most candles today are made in shades of white, black and brown, and many manufacturers even provide fragrances to go along with their colors. With this said, you will have to choose a fragrance that is compatible with your desired color and scent. Some scents do not go well with some colors of wax and vice versa, so you will want to know which fragrance will go with which color.
For example, vanilla scents tend to go well with yellow or pink candle wax. You can also find green and orange fragrances that work well with some types of paraffin wax. Green and orange candles are especially popular at this time of year since these scents are associated with spring, summer, and fall. There is also a new fragrance being introduced that is called ylang, which has a wonderful floral fragrance that tends to go great with candles made from paraffin wax.