If you have any kind of candle making experience, then you already know how easy candle making can be. However, many people start out with one or two candles at a time, only to grow tired of them quickly. For newbies, candle making is an easy, inexpensive hobby with lots of room for creativity and individual preferences to show-in eyes, on their own homemade creations.
Candles can be bought at most drugstores or even department stores; however, they are not always very safe to use as they come in many different fragrances and colors. Candles can also be made at home with supplies found at most home improvement and craft stores. Kits to make hundreds of candles are available for the cost of only a few pricey store-bought types, and they’re wonderful as gifts for friends, as special care packages for birthdays, and in gift baskets for Mother’s Day! You will never have too many eager recipients for all your experimenting!
The main challenge when making candles is learning how to light them with a steady flame. Most candles are sold as single or double pieces, so each piece requires several separate wick to provide heat. A common mistake is buying a candle, thinking that it has two or three wicks, but this may not be the case at all.
The part of a candle that contains the wick is the base. This may be made of paper, cardboard, or other sturdy material. You can use anything for this part, whether paper, fabric, wood, or metal. This will be the first part of the candle to catch the flame and burn. Once it is lit, the rest of the candle will take over.
Wax is what makes the candles so attractive to look at, smell, and taste. The type of wax that you choose depends on what you want your candle to do, but there are plenty of choices available. A popular choice among beginners is soy candle wax, which comes in a variety of colors and scents. These products are very versatile, easy to use, inexpensive, but also durable and long lasting.
Oil is also used in candle making. It’s a thick liquid wax that spreads through a wick once inside the wax mold and allows the candle maker to pour out the melted wax. There are many oils to choose from, including paraffin, beeswax, gelatin, vegetable fat, soy wax, gelatin, and paraffin wax-you can find the best products in specialty stores and from online vendors.
Gelatine and paraffin wax has a distinctive scent that is similar to the fragrance of vanilla but more subtle. Gelatin also has a pleasant scent, but it tends to melt a little faster than other oils. Oil is an oil substitute for paraffin, which has to be cooled to be added to the candle mold. Paraffin wax may also be used if you don’t want to melt the gelatine down completely.
Candle making kits usually include a candle mold, molds, wicks, candle wax, a container, jars, a few dyes, and candleholders. Some kits will also come with glass jars. They are relatively inexpensive compared to the kits found at local craft stores, although sometimes purchasing these items separately is much cheaper.
After choosing your ingredients, you’ll need to choose a container to put your finished candle into. Many people like to make their own containers using glass jars or cookie jars. If you do so, make sure that your car is at least 2 quarts. To keep the candle moist and fresh, you can place the jar in a bowl filled with water, but you should not put the jar directly in the water. Instead, just leave the bottom part above the water’s level to dry and keep in place until all the moisture has evaporated.
When your candles need a little light, you can attach some votive holders to them. These holders are made of wood, but you can get holders that are made of anything you want, such as metal, plastic, glass, or aluminum. Make sure that you choose a holder that has a large enough base to support your candle so that it doesn’t crack or bend.
You can start by making a few candles. After the candles are finished, they’re ready to sell as gifts, or even trade with friends or relatives. To create longer candles, you can make a single candle and resell it. Your imagination is the only limitation.