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The Basics of Candle Making-A Creative Hobby or Home Business Idea

Updated on April 16, 2012

We all know that candles are an excellent source of light and heat. Candles have been known to exist since the early days of long ago where some of the first ones were found in caves in France. Explorers believe that the cavemen used them to help them work on their wall paintings. These candles were made from animal fats. The Egyptians also used candles they made by dripping beeswax onto the stems of certain leaves. The candle's burning process involves the four basic elements of matter which are liquids, solids, gas and plasma.

In these modern times candle making has become a fun hobby or even a means to bring in some additional income. If you are a creative person, candle making can be the outlet you need to explore new designs and unique creations. There is no limit to the size, shapes and colors you can use for your creations. While candles are extremely useful in providing us light, they have also become quite popular for providing a aromatic fragrance that can waft throughout the home. There are many smells that people find appealing such as vanilla,and jasmine or even more exotic smells such as chocolate cake or cinnamon rolls.

The Process of Candlemaking

There are many methods to making the body of the candle. You can use paraffin, beeswax or soy. Paraffin wax is a natural substance that originates from plants. Most common places to buy this type of wax is through the Specialty wax processor or petroleum refinery. Beeswax is also another natural wax that is taken from honeybees. This is the substance that bees use to construct their honeycombs. A wick is then placed into the center of the wax before it dries. The wick is made from cotton fibers that have been braided together. While the wick is very thin, it is still also very powerful. If a candle maker wants to increase the size of the flame they can choose to use a wider than normal wick.

Safety Measures When Candlemaking

Since creates candles requires the use of fire and working with hot wax, one must be careful at all times. The temperature of the hot wax can easily create sever burns. Always be prepared when making candles by having a fire extinguisher within arms reach in the event of an accident. Make it a habit to immediately clean up any spills as they will become very slick which could cause someone to slip and fall.

Perfect the Easy Recipes First

When first learning to make candles, you should always try out an easy recipe first, this will help you to avoid becoming frustrated. By starting out simple, you will learn to discover what works well with your set up and then elements you mix together. If you do not like something, you can merely start again. If you practice proper safety habits and melt your wax in the right equipment at the correct temperature, you will ensure that you continue to have fun and become successful at your new endeavor. You will also want to experiment with your cooling process. Once you have a working layout with enough room for all the aspects of your projects completion, you will find you soon settle into a nice little groove that becomes quite comfortable. You will enjoy spending the time experimenting with dyes, scents and shapes for each of your candle designs.

Take Your Time and Master the Craft

The basic steps to candle making are not that difficult if you take your time and learn from your mistakes. If you are one who is impatient and tries to multi-task with too many different things, you will find that this is not a good fit for you. But for those who like to take their time and improve on every step while they create unique pieces of art, this can lead to a long and enjoyable and maybe even profitable hobby for you. Candle making supplies are not that expensive but if you are careless and end up burning too much of your work, you may find that it can eat up a lot of your money for no good reason. Like all hobbies and skills developed, it takes time to get things just perfect, so take your time and enjoy yourself! If you are unsure of what you will need or how to do something, you should look to buy a complete kit. In this way, you will not be worrying about how much everything costs, and you can just take it step by step until you are confident in your abilities.

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