How to Make Candles at Home: Step by Step Instructions For Success
For many people who enjoy candle making, learning how to make a candle is a hobby that they pursue. However, this hobby can become quite expensive. If you make candles on a regular basis, you probably spend quite a bit of money purchasing different supplies, tools and even candle-making kits. There are, however, ways in which you can make your candles without spending a fortune on supplies.
The first thing you need to understand about candle making is that wax costs a lot less than oil. Therefore, the wick you use will also cost you less. In order to melt the wax, you will need either a double boiler or a candle mold, which is like a glass container with a lid that you fill with hot tap water. The inside of the candle making molds are sealed, so the candle does not become hot when the wick burns.
Candle wax is generally purchased from craft stores, and it can be hard for those who are new to candle making to tell the different waxes apart. Typically, wax is packaged in similar colors so that you can purchase the right kind for your candles. Before you purchase wax, though, you may want to consider what kind of candle you plan on making. Some waxes burn more brightly than others do, and some candle makers prefer one type of wax over another.
If you are making your own candles, you might also want to purchase some candle wax in bulk. The price of a pound of wax is only a few dollars, but if you are making hundreds of candles, then you can save money by buying in bulk. When you buy in bulk, the candle-making supply company will pass along the savings to you. You may want to keep some of the wax in your inventory, too, so that you can use it for future candles once you have started selling them.
When you have your supplies and you’re ready to start a candle making, you will first want to learn all about the different kinds of wicks that are available. There are wicks made of wood or metal, and they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. You can usually find a candle making guide or recipe that has instructions for making the wicks you want. Once you know how to make the wicks you want, you can start on making your candles.
Next, you will need to make sure your container is right. A tea ball jar is a good idea, especially if you are making scented candles. The wick should fit snugly into the jar, but it doesn’t have to be overly tight. If you are worried about leaking, put some water down the drain before you leave your work area to make sure everything is perfect.
After your jar, your next step is to create the candle mold. This is where most mistakes occur, so make sure that you have taken your time and carefully measured out the proper measurements. Marking the mold will help you as you remove the candles from the mold and re-stick them into the candle making package. Once you have your candles ready to go, you can start making beautiful home candle parties and enjoy the joy of candle making at home with your family and friends.
If you aren’t already making candles at home, I encourage you to start today. There are many different ways to do it and there is something out there for just about anyone. Enjoy the journey and learn as you go. When you become more experienced, perhaps you might even want to open up your candle making business and offer this type of service somewhere around the neighborhood. When people see the quality of your candles and your customer service, they will be calling you every time they need a candle created just for them!