It’s fun to make your own candles and it also is very rewarding. Why not? It saves you money because all you have to purchase are the raw ingredients, which can be found in most grocery stores. When making your own homemade candles, you can make them as extravagant or as elegant as you like, using just about any scent or color. You can even use special scents such as a nice aroma or a certain kind of fruit. The sky is the limit!
So what exactly goes into this type of candles? One of the main components is soy wax. Soy wax is actually a by-product of the oil industry. The manufacturers use soybean oil in making the wax so that it can be molded into various shapes, just like wax. But they add one more ingredient to make their candles last longer and more efficiently than ordinary candles: scented water or wick.
Candle wax is one of the most versatile items you can purchase on the Internet or in your local craft store. It comes in different grades, thicknesses, and densities. There are many candle making kits available that include the wax and all the necessary additives. If you don’t want to buy all the materials, you can make candles out of other items found at your local craft store. These might be the Styrofoam, newspaper, or cellophane that’s in your Christmas tree decorations or wrapping paper.
Candle molds can come in an assortment of shapes. For beginners, try using a cookie cutter. You can use circles, squares, triangles, etc. The flattened bottom of the mold will help keep your candle from sticking to the sides. You want to make sure that the mold will be big enough for your candles, but not too big so that the wick is poking through.
If you’re using dried flowers or beads, you’ll need to soak the items before you start lighting them. This will help the oil from the flower mix to seep into the fibers of the soap. Once you’ve gotten rid of all the extra water, spray the candles with water. Make sure the wick isn’t too wet and you don’t light until the water is dry.
Now it’s time to mix the wax. Get a bowl, pot, or pan of hot water and add the wax. Stir it well, and check the temperature. Hot wax tends to get more dense than cold wax. Once you’ve got it right, stir in the colorants. It’s best to mix them in small batches at first so you don’t end up over-saturating the beeswax.
Once you’ve mixed the wax, it’s time to pour it into the moulds and let it set. Wait about twenty minutes to see if the bubbles expand. If they do, then your handmade candles are done. Let cool and store in an airtight container.
When you’re ready to light, you’ll want to do a double burn. If you make a dozen or so candles, this shouldn’t take long. Once your candle is lit, allow the flame to burn down completely. Once that happens, just cover the open flame with some glass beads or dried flowers and put the candle away. Your candles are now scent free and ready to be enjoyed.
If you don’t know how to make these candles, there are several easy recipes that you can find online. Most don’t require much more than supplies and some hot wax. You don’t even need a candleholder. Many recipes have instructions on how to pour the hot wax into the mold, then allow it to set for a few minutes, and then add the colorants. The colorants come in different colors that will turn your candles different hues. If you don’t know how to choose the right colorant, however, then you may want to consider purchasing some unscented ones so you can make colored candles.
If you want to use a wick, then this will also affect the finished candle. You can purchase inexpensive tea lights that you can easily use to create your own candles. If you don’t like the look of the candles made with tea lights, then you can also choose to use in paraffin, gel, soy, corn, and many other soy based candles.
One tip, you’ll want to keep in mind is that you’ll need to make sure that you keep the glass jars of your candles clean. This will help them last longer and prevent them from breaking. They should also be covered when not in use to prevent them from becoming burned. The proper way to make your candles is to avoid using the microwave. Instead, you should preheat your glass jars and allow them to heat up completely before using them.