Make Your Own Candles – Get Going With Your DIY Candle Kit
Homemade candles save you money. Yes, there is an initial investment in the ingredients, the wick, and the jars (which you can use any glass jars with a tight lid for your candles so that you can have some already on hand in your cupboard). But once you’ve got those ingredients and you’ve written down the recipe you use, you can make numerous candles for just the same cost that you would otherwise pay for only one at the store. You don’t have to worry about buying pre-made candles, either.
But how do you make your own candles with recipes that cost only a few dollars each? Don’t be fooled into thinking that the more elaborate the candle is, the more it will cost. That’s not always true. For example, a long wick for burning tea candles can be less expensive than a thinner wick when made by someone who has done his or her own research and has optimized the candle for cost savings. Likewise, if you have a good set of instructions that outline the steps for doing a good job with the ingredients, you can do your own candle making very inexpensively and still come out with a high quality product.
The main trick for making homemade candles with recipes that won’t break the bank is to make your slow-cooker batch at the right temperature for your needs. In this case, it’s a good idea to make your slow cooker as hot as you safely can stand it without burning yourself. This temperature range is between 100 degrees and 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Unless you are going to be slow-cooking meats or fish using a deep pot or sauce pan, it isn’t necessary to go any higher than that.
One tip for getting started is to buy a kit instead of starting from scratch. You’ll save some money if you get to go with a kit. You’ll also have all the basic tools you need on hand. Kits typically include a recipe, molds for putting your wax in the shape you want, wax sheets for your candle, and colorant, if needed. If you do a search online for making candles you should find a kit that suits your needs.
One way to start off making candles is to buy a supply of wax. If you want to make candles that look more professional, you can buy wax that is a bit darker than your store-bought wax. Many hobbyists prefer to buy their wax directly from the manufacturer rather than buying a tub of paraffin. Candle stores often have a wide range of wax available, but it’s best to buy your wax from reputable suppliers. Buying from a hobby store or a hobbyist store that sells directly to customers also has advantages such as better service and advice if you get stuck at any point during the process.
To melt your candles, first melt the wax. This may sound like a strange suggestion, but if you are good at pouring batter into a pan, then you can melt wax for candles just as well. The reason this works is because it is easier to pour melted butter or shortening into a smaller pan than it is into a larger pan. If you only have a double boiler at home, you can also melt your wax in this manner. Just make sure you keep your double boiler out of reach of children!
Next, you’ll need to get going with your DIY candle kit. Some kits include both a thermometer and a silicone ice cube tray. By measuring the amount of your melted wax and pouring it into your tray, you’ll get a more accurate measure of the diameter of your candle. With the thermometer, you’ll get the temperature that your candle is ready to be dipped into. If you are dipping the candle directly into the silicone ice cube tray, make sure it is at room temperature. Otherwise, the silicone ice will expand, which will create bubbles that cause your candle to not be properly melted.
Once you have your kit together, it is time to get going. First, choose your candles, then go to the craft store and pick out your favorite colors. If you want soy candles, then choose from a range of scented soy candles. When you’re done with creating your DIY candles, give them a test run by burning a few to see how they burn, and then once you get comfortable with burning any candles, you can try to sell them as you would regular candles.