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HOW TO MAKE CANDLES

Updated on April 6, 2013

Candle Making - what you need to know to make your own candles at home

Candle Making brings light to the world and joy to the heart. 

If you are looking for a great hobby or business, Candle Making fills the bill. 

From creating beautiful objects to decorate your home or a special gift to give to others, hand made candles stand above all others.

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"Look how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness."

- Anne Frank

Safety Guidelines

Candle making is a relaxing and rewarding hobby and offers great potential to become a business, full or part time.

Candle making is fun but you must follow some important guidelines for safety. If you do not follow these safety guidelines, it could result in serious damage to your home or business as well as serious injury to yourself or others.

* Never pour melted wax down a drain

* Always have a good ABC fire extinguisher within easy reach

* Never leave molten wax unattended.

* Use a thermometer so you know the exact temperature of the molten wax.

* Do not allow the wax the come into contact with open flame.

* Use heat protective gloves or some other type of holder when handling the pouring pot.

* Do not allow the wax to become to hot

* Keep a close eye on children and do not allow them to handle the hot wax.

If approached in a safe manner candle making is a fun pastime. Always use caution.

Making Candles: A Fun Hobby or Craft

By Gabriel J. Adams

Candle making is a fun hobby or craft. For some, it is a very profitable business venture. Candle making provides you with they ability to create wonderful designs and crafts out of your candles. There is no limit to the shapes, sizes, and colors you can make your candles in. A candle is a device to provide light or fragrance. Candles have become very popular for the wonderful aromas more than for their ability to produce light. Some candles give off a popular smell such as vanilla or jasmine. Others smell like a chocolate cake or cinnamon rolls.

The body of a candle is generally made of paraffin wax. It can also be made out of beeswax. Paraffin wax is a natural wax that comes from plants. This wax can be purchased from Petroleum Refinery or the Specialty Wax Processor. Beeswax is also considered a natural wax, and is taken from honeybees. This is the substance the bees use to construct their honeycombs. A wick is placed in the center of the wax before it dries. The wick is made of cotton fibers that have been braided together. The wick is very thin, but also very powerful. Sometimes candle makers will use a wick that is wider than normal to increase the size of the flame.

Safety is a very important part of candle making. The temperature of the hot wax can result in severe burns. There is also the risk of fire. Make sure your candle making area is set up properly and that you have a fire extinguisher in the area. Clean up spills quickly as they will become very slick, leading to falls if you walk across them.

The candle making process is easy to follow if you take your time and learn from your mistakes. Those who are impatient and take multitasking to an extreme will most likely not enjoy the art of candle making. However, it is very enjoyable by those who have plenty of time to take with the process and who enjoy creating things. Candle making supplies aren't expensive so use the best you can. This will also help ensure your candles form well and burn properly.

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There are many types of Candles

This is an overview of the many different types of candles available today. A candle may be free standing of a container that is filled.

CONTAINER CANDLES

Are usually poured into a glass, pottery or other type of container. These candles are often highly scented with oils. They are also easy to make so are popular for beginners.

VOTIVE CANDLES

This is a free standing candle that historically is used for devotion or gratitude. They were usually white in color.

Today Votive candles are made in many different colors and are often scented. They should be burned in an appropriate candle holder.

PILLAR CANDLES

A stiff, free standing candle. These also are available or can be made in a large variety of sizes and shapes.

TAPER CANDLES

This is usually a very slender candle often up to 20 or more inches in length. These most often are the hand dipped variety of candle.

TEA-LIGHT

These have become extremely common and are easy to make for beginners. Tea-Light candles are very small candles usually inside of an aluminum holder

Candle Making Kits

By Alison Cole

If you have always wanted to make your own candles but never had the time to research the steps and buy all the supplies you need to get started, there is good news. There are candle-making kits available. There are kits designed for grownups and even kids who want to get creative and make candles. The following are some of the popular kits available in stores today.

Gel Candle Making Kit. Gel candles are very hot these days. You too can easily make your own gel candles with kits that usually contain candle gel tubes (there are about eight or so in one kit), twelve bags of wax candle chips, and twelve clear glass candle jars. You can create translucent visual treats that are perfect as home dcor or as gifts to special people.

Beeswax Candles Kit. There are a lot of beeswax kits on the market. There are adult kits that allow you to create professional candles out of preprocessed beeswax, and there are also beeswax candle making kits for kids that educate them about bees as they create candles. Note that children's kits are for 5 years old and older.

Marbled Candle Kit. Ever thought that those candles with fancy marbled designs are hard to do? With marbled candle kits, you just pour once; wait for the wax to cool, and you have your very own spectacular marbled candle.

There are many other candle making kits available either in specialty stores or over the Internet. Just browse around and you will find one that suits your taste and personality. Remember that candle making need not be a lot of work. Buy your candle making kits now and start making beautiful candles for yourself, your family and your friends.

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Be Stylish, Customize That Light

Easy as it is, making candles only need you to follow a few steps and you could achieve the finished product that you pictured out in your mind. There are a lot of ways to make candles. It could be by using simple quick steps from the internet or some more complex methods recommended by your neighbor who is into candle making.

Whatever it is, injecting some dose of your own creative ideas would make a whole lot of difference. What then are some tools you could use in making gel candles with your own brand of style?

As you follow the conventional steps of making gel candles, it would add up the fun if you consider the following tips:

Use other materials that would let you have fun explore your creativity while adding more elements of style. Non-flammable things like sand, shells, metal charms, beads, marbles, pebbles, glitters, aquarium gravel, artificial jewel or pearls, and the like are among the most attractive things to have in your gel candle.

Add colors that suit the little things you add with your gel candle. If you want the touch of "beach", you use aqua blue while you put some shells, aquarium pebbles or gravel and miniature star fish in your candle. You could also match the style you want to customize by mixing beads with glitters but consider color harmony as well.

Place some of these little objects at the bottom part of the container before freely putting them in the other portions of the container. This would hide the wick tab.

As you pour gel, add these tiny objects in layers. Take note that you need to place these objects away from the wick. The tip is- the closer these objects to the outside portion of the container, the more "visible" they could be.

As you make the candles, you would enjoy the fact that you are playing with colors and style. What makes the gel candles is that they were created out of pure pleasure and fun. Personalizing these gel candles is another great idea. You could try to use cut-outs of your name.

As you insert your own brand of style, do not forget to work safely and do not risk quality of the product over appearance only. There must be a balance of both. When you feel like you have been training your self well in making custom gel candles, why not try it out as a small business?

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Recommended Reading

There are many great books about candle making and how to start. Here are the books that I highly recommend.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've always wanted to try this, but it is one of those things on my list that I haven't got around to doing yet! Thanks for sharing...it inspires me to go ahead and give candle making a try!

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      cyberjob016 6 years ago

      good creative solutions for candle making begineers

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      VBright 8 years ago

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Thanks, Two Walks for a great squidoo page. I found alot of great info and good instructions.Also thanks for the supply companies.