How to make candles with wicks? That is what my mother always asked when I would get home from school and bring her a lit candle. I would simply melt some beeswax and paraffin, pour some oil into a pan and add my wax mixture. Once this was done, I would put in my wick and poke holes into it so that the wick could extend it’s flame onto the paraffin or wax. My mother loved that part of it as it reminded her of the nights before Christmas. She used to get me to help her decorate the tree, just before Christmas.
Now that I am an adult, I want to try something different. The holidays are over for another year now and I feel like it’s time for something new. So, I started thinking about all of the things I loved about making candles but did not have the time to do it. It suddenly occurred to me that all of the candle making supplies I already had, would be useful in my new hobby. So, I began to buy all of the supplies that I needed for making candles from my mother’s collection of vintage bottles.
Candle making is so easy once you have the right tools and supplies. If you do not have these items, you can buy your supplies online. I purchased my paraffin from eBay. I found a website that offered both, soy wax and paraffin as well as a variety of other candle making supplies. It was a great place to start because they have a very wide selection and you can easily browse through their inventory and find exactly what you need for your candles.
I bought some beeswax candle wax, a thermometer, a double boiler and a fragrance extractor. Since I wanted to make candles from all-natural waxes, I decided to invest in those as well. You can buy all-natural wax in jars of various colors.
Beeswax and paraffin are used for creating tarts, beeswax candles and pillar candles. Tarts, also known as taper candles, are smaller sized candles that can be placed on tables or stands. They are made by melting the waxes and then pouring them into a pan of hot water, which hardens them. Next, you pour the melted wax into small tarts, place a wick in the middle and stick it into the center of the wax. Voila!
As for the beeswax candles, these are also available in jars, which make it easier to pour the melted wax mixture into the tarts to form them. The color range for these candles is quite varied, and if you look closely, you can even see the veins of the honey flowing over the sides of the wicks. The jars also help to keep the wick clean.
Pillar candles, as their name indicates, are usually tall and are meant to stand alone. To make candles in this shape, you use a wick that is shorter than the diameter of the candle itself. You could also opt for using double-sided tape to hold your wick in place – this will prevent the wick from melting while the candle burns, and will also prevent it from being damaged in the wind. There are many different types of pillar candles, and there are many different ways to make candles with them, but one of the most popular ways of making candles this way is by filling a small ceramic plate with the wax, wrapping the wick around it, and then putting a metal ring over the wick and down the sides.
In general, candle wicks come in three different sizes: standard, small, or large. This decision is usually based on how many candles you intend to make. If you plan on making candles frequently, then you might want to consider getting a large size. If you’re not sure yet whether or not you’ll ever want to make candles this way, then a standard size will do. If you want to choose a candle wick size that’s right for you, go online to learn more about the different materials that are available to you.