Making Dough Bowl Candles

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Materials & Equipment: Dough bowl of your choice – You will need to find a dough bowl fit for purpose. Many craft stores or antique stores can be a great place to source these, but you can also find them online.

Melting Pot – A melting pot allows you to easily melt the wax and dye without it spilling out and burning onto the surface beneath.

Candle Wax – Candle wax is used as the base ingredient in this project, making sure to choose one with a low melt point so that it melts easily and quickly without causing damage to the bowl. Candle dyes can also be added to give more visual interest.

Wicks & Adhesive – Wicks are essential in allowing you to light your finished product, while adhesive helps secure the wicks into place within your dough bowl prior to adding the melted wax.

Pouring Jug & Thermometer – Pouring jugs help ensure that the wax is distributed evenly, and a thermometer makes sure that when pouring you are able to keep an eye on the temperature of the melted liquid, ensuring it does not get too hot.

Safety Equipment – Safety glasses and gloves should be worn during any candle making projects as there runs the risk of wax splashing up or coming into contact with skin which could cause burns and irritation.

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4. Pouring the Wax: Using a funnel, carefully pour the melted wax into the dough bowl.Filling it about halfway will ensure there’s enough space for wicks and decorations.

5. Scenting the Dough Bowl : Add a few drops of fragrance oil to a cloth and rub it around the inside of your bowl. This will penetrate the wood and infuse a nice scent into your candles!

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Step 6: Pour the wax into the dough bowl. Be sure to place a container underneath the dough bowl to catch any spills. Insert a wick into the center of the bowl and adjust as needed. For best results, it is best to use a metal or wooden dowel to help keep the wick upright while you are pouring your wax in. Slowly pour enough wax of your desired scent into the dough bowl, so that it’s filled to 1/2 – 3/4 inch from top of the rim. Allow 30 minutes for your candle wax to set and cool before moving on to Step 7.

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When making dough bowl candles, the most important part of the process is choosing the right wax. Depending on your desired look and smell you can use a number of different types of wax, such as soy wax, paraffin wax, beeswax, and gel. All these waxes have unique qualities and produce different results when melted and molded.

Soy wax produces soft candles with a creamy texture that provides great scent throw when used correctly. It also burns slowly which means the candle will last for quite some time before needing to be replaced. Paraffin wax has a quick melt temperature which makes it ideal for complex candle-making like dipping or layering multiple colors into one container. It also has good scent throw capabilities although it does tend to burn faster than other types of wax and may turn black after burning for an extended period of time. Beeswax candles are beautiful and have a natural honey-like aroma while they’re burning but they are difficult to work with because they require high temperatures before melting properly. Gel wax is very thick so adding colorants must be done carefully as too much could cause cracking in the finished product. Gel candle-making is best left to experienced crafters who can control the heat when working with this type of wax or there is danger of damaging the wick assembly this offers a very clean slow burn without producing smoke or odorless fumes making it a popular choice among crafters looking to make scented candles without dealing with smoke issues during burning sessions

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One of the best ways to enjoy the finished dough bowl candles is to give them as gifts. Firstly, you could wrap it in some festive wrapping paper and add a bow on top for special occasions, such as birthday’s, anniversaries and Christmas. Secondly, you could place the candle inside a beautiful free standing basket along with some pretty tissue or crinkle paper and cellophane to complete the look. Thirdly, you could fill a jute bag with lavender bath products like a soap bar and lip balm as well as the candle, which can make an excellent gift set. Finally, if you are looking to create something extra special, why not add several dough bowl candles of different sizes into one large basket and include some luxury skin care products too?

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