Candle Making Made Easy
Candle Making Tips And Tricks
A lot of people say to only use the double boiler method when melting candle wax on the stove. You only need the stove on high enough to melt the wax and with the double boiler method you set your pot of wax to melt in a pot of water. Never leave a melting pot of wax unattended.
You really need a heavy duty candy thermometer to use when your making candles. You want to be sure that you never let your candle wax get over 250 degrees. The flash point for candle wax is 300 degrees. At that point candle wax will burst into flame and you will have a serious fire. So use the thermometer to make sure your candle wax temperature doesn't exceed 250 degrees.
You may want to cover the counter tops or the table top with newspapers where you are going to be working with candle wax. Candle wax is very hard to get off some surfaces so use care.
The pot you melt your wax in is going to be very hard to ever get completely clean again so only use a heavy older pot to melt your wax in.
You can recycle your kids old crayons to color your candle wax with if you wish. You can decorate the outside of just made candles with sea shells, pasta or what ever and create candles for you to use or to give as gifts.
If you're thinking of making candles often you should check out the handicraft section at Walmart or a other store near you for candle making supplies. You will want wax, candle molds, candle wicks, and etc. You'll need a sharp pair of scissors to cut your candle wicks with. You may want to consider purchasing a candle wax melter made to melt candle wax in. Its safer than using a pot on the stove and also easier to use.
You will also want a selection of fragrances to use to scent your candles with. Just be sure to read the ingredients and make sure your not putting flammable substances into your candles.
Let me tell you a word of caution here. You don't want to recycle candles that contain citronella and try to use them inside your house. Its safe to recycle these candles but you need to use the remade candles containing citronella only outside where the original candles containing citronella were meant to be used.
You can use items like coffee cups, shot glasses, thick water glasses and even ash trays to make your new candles in. I have even used large sea shells and created some very beautiful candles.
If your making your candles in molds that you want to take them out of spray the molds with a good vegetable cooking spray so that the candles will slip easily out of the molds and you can reuse the candle molds. Don't use real thin glass items to make candles in or the glass will break as your candle burns. Just follow common sense safety tips when making candles and you'll have fun for years making candles.
And remember to let your candles set for at least a week before you light them for the first time. I usually will light a candle the first time and let it burn for a few minutes and put it out. This way when I light it again it will burn slow and steady and will usually burn up all the candle.
If you have any candle making tips, suggestions, or questions feel free to post them below. Thank you for your time and good luck with making your candles.
Candle Making Made Easy. Yes Even You Can Make Candles.
There's something about a candle burning that is so calming. I guess you could say I'm a candle junkie. I buy them at yard sales all the time and every once in a while I end up with candles that just won't burn for one reason or another. I used to throw away my pieces of candles that wouldn't burn but then one day it dawned on me that I could recycle these candles that wouldn't burn and turn them into new candles that would.
So I started looking around for candle making supplies and it was in the handicraft section at Wal Mart that I found all the candle making supplies I needed. If you want to make candles you'll need wax, candle wicks, and safe molds or containers for your candles to go in. You'll also want a heavy duty pot to melt your candle wax in. And ideally you want this pot to be one that you can use each time you want to make candles. I keep my pot to the side and its no longer used for cooking.
I like to use my candles outdoors on the patio so I bought a supply of mini clay flower pots to use for my candle molds and to hold my candles while they burn. Like I said I save up my old candles and melt them down and make new candles. I melt down the old candles in my wax melting pot. I buy candle wicks in long length from the Wal Mart handicraft department and cut them to fit my candle molds. I tie the bottom of the candle wick to a metal washer and I wrap the other end of the candle wick around a small dowel rod and lay it across the top of the candle mold. Then I can safely fill the little candle mold with the melted wax and when the wax gets hard I can trim the wick down and the candle is ready to use.
i always let my new made candles set for seven days before I burn them. I have found that if I try to use a candle I just made it quite often doesn't burn right. But if you let them set for a week or so before you use them they work fine.
And those are my basic candle making instructions. You can make your own molds for candles or use little clay flower pots like I do. You can also make shot glasses, or canning jars into holders for your candles. I have seen everything from coffee cups to recycled tin cans used both for candle molds and to hold candles. You can use recycled cans that used to hold vegetables to make molds for your candles.
Once you have used the vegetables in the cans remove the labels and wash the can thoroughly. Dry the cans and they are ready to use for candle molds. You can use a metal washer to hold the candle wick in the bottom of the mold and when using a metal can for a candle mold you can use a large metal screw laying across the top of the can to wrap your candle wick around and tie. You can then fill your can mold with melted wax and let it harden. When it gets hard you can trim the wick and either burn the candle in the can or you can take your can opener and open the bottom of the can and after you cut open the bottom you can push the molded candle out and discard the can you just used.
Let me caution you here about making candles and melting wax. Always have a small fire extinguisher handy and never leave a melting pot of wax unattended. A small fire in your wax pot can quickly spread and you could have a serious fire. So be sure to melt your wax over low heat and stay there with it while it is melting. Remember that you can put a lid onto a pot of wax on fire but don't ever throw water on burning wax. It will just spread and set more things on fire. If you do these few things you'll never have a fire problem.
How To Make Candles
You can buy fragrances in the handicraft section of Wal Mart to scent your candles with. When the candles burn the fragrance will be released into the air. Just be sure that the fragrance you purchase is made to be used in candle making. You don't want to use a high alcohol content fragrance to make candles with because it could potentially cause a bad fire when you light your candle. You can use freshly ground cinnamon in your candles and have wonderful smelling cinnamon drifting through the air when the candle burns.
Candles in the United States are now quite often made of beeswax and soybean wax. The popularity of candles in the United States has been growing since the 1990s. They are now almost as popular as they were before the light-bulb came along. But you also want to be careful where you burn your candles. Every year in the United States hundreds of house fires are caused by candles. Never place a burning candle under or near anything flammable. A large candle especially the large pillow candles can give off a lot of heat while burning and can potentially cause a bad fire. A lot of people during power outages place candles near curtains and before they know it the curtains catch fire and often a bad house fire happens.
Candle making can be a fun hobby if you just follow a few safety precautions and in time you'll learn all kinds of tricks as you make your own candles. Thank you for taking the time to read my Hub Page on Candle Making. I appreciate you reading it. If you have comments or questions you would like to make please post them in the comments section below.