Candle making is a classic craft which has been enjoyed by people all over the world for centuries. Candles are known to promote healing and have even been used as a method of spiritual meditation in some instances. They are made using molds either of clay or wax. Many different types of waxes, dyes and fragrances are used in candle making. The scents have healing properties and candles which have fragrance are commonly known as aromatherapy candles.
Candle making can be done at home or bought from stores but creating candles in the comfort of your own home is the most convenient way of enjoying this fun hobby. Candle making has been developed individually in several places across the globe. The melting point of paraffin wax, the various types of waxes, their varying aromas and even colorings can all affect the end result of your candle making.
The melting point of wax is the maximum temperature at which a liquid can be solidified. Candle waxes range widely in melting points. Generally speaking low melting point waxes are suitable for home candle making while higher melting point waxes are better suited for candle making in a bigger size. When using a glass container for melting wax, make sure that the container is not too big for the waxes or it will melt through the sides leaving behind large circles of melted wax.
Larger containers would be better suited for burning candles made for larger burns. Most candle making equipment comes with a small quantity of melted wax. Do not leave the small quantity of melted wax in the container for long, as it will lose its shape. Also do not put the small quantity of wax in a very hot oven. This can cause the wax to boil and also melt the wax away.
Candle makers who use molds generally recommend melting in smaller quantities. This helps in preventing damage to molds during the process of candle making. This is because the molds are not designed to withstand high temperatures. The molds also have limited lifespan and after some time they require to be replaced. A candle maker may purchase the molds or he may make his own.
It is now possible to buy dyes from many suppliers in the internet. There are many suppliers of raw wax and wicks who ship their products both locally and worldwide. You can check out the various websites and then select the one which best suits your needs and budget. Some candle making suppliers offer dye toppers for candles which have a translucent effect when the candle is lit.
Another option is to buy a candle making viewing guide which shows you how to color your candles. Using this kind of guide, the candle making is simplified. You can view the different colors available and choose the color that looks good on you. You can also find different shades of candles available according to occasions.
If you are interested in making your own candles then you can also choose from an array of natural dyes which are very light in price. Some of these natural dyes include beeswax and soy. If you can follow the candle making instructions mentioned in the guide, you can create candles that look attractive and cost effective.
If you want to add fragrance oil to your candles then you can do that as well. When you add fragrance oil, it becomes easier to light your candles. The view guide will show you which types of wicks are best suited for your candles. Generally, the wicks are wrapped around a wax core, which is solid and sometimes they are not wrapped at all. Wicks have to be light in weight so that they can be used easily.
There are two main methods of container candles, the open ended and closed ended. In the open-ended method, the container is placed on a stand. A small hole is cut on the top of the container and the wick is inserted into this hole. When the candle making craft is completed, the container is closed and it can be used again.
Closed-ended containers do not need any additional support. The candle making craft consists of pouring molten wax into small mold cavities. These cavities are covered with a felt cover and they are heated until liquid forms. Then these containers are poured into molds and they are set in an oven or stove to harden. Once hardened, these molds are removed from the oven or stove and the melted wax is allowed to pour into the cavities. The container candles are then finished and they are ready to be sold.