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Hand Dipped Taper and Soy Candles

Updated on November 30, 2014
Dipping Vat on Stove Top.
Dipping Vat on Stove Top. | Source

The Honey Dipper


I bought a dipping vat to make candles before the holidays a few years back; I didn't have the money to support my candle habit or buy gifts so it made sense. My father bought me a bunch of wax many years ago (he has since passed).

Candle Dipping Vat
photo © by Judy Ferony

I still have some of the wax he bought me and refer to it as "The Gift That Keeps Giving". This is one of the easiest ways to make candles, especially when your pipes wont handle wax being poured down the sink (like when you need to boil-out wax from pots to change dye color or scent). All you do is add wax to the dipping vat as needed, the wick you use depends on the diameter of the candle your making (I use 4/0 cotton for tapers).

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      @VspaBotanicals: Thank you, and a wonderful New Year to you too my dear; and a most Prosperous Squidoo Year for all!!!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I love making my own candles, and you did candles justic in this lens. Happy New year!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It would be great to try this.

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      pawpaw911 4 years ago

      Cool that you are still using a gift from your father. I think this would be a cool thing to try.

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      martyneville lm 4 years ago

      I don't make candles myself but I like how you use Crisco vegetable shortening to make candles on the cheap.

      Ingenious!

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      Tara Wojtaszek 4 years ago

      I've never made my own candles before but I'd like to try someday.

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      No, I have only made a candlestick many many years ago ant it didn't turn out well. I think it was used as an ashtray for some time and it wasn't very useful for that either;-)

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I make candles for myself almost everyday; since I've been out of work, I use them around the house at night (container candles) kinda like night lights, they give me just enough light so I don't have to keep turning the lights on and off. If you ever need some wicks, I can mail you some (I use the glass from the glade candles but you can buy old rock glasses or jelly jars at flea markets & tag sales). For the container candles I just use vegetable shortening and hemp paper-core wicks)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I sure have. And, your making me think about starting it up again. :)

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      wecomparebooks 5 years ago

      cool info! Thanks.

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      in 3rd grade we hand dipped candles using animal fat as they did in the colonial times. I like the ones with different colored layers and then cut down the sides and rolled back exposing the colors

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      Great lens.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Making candles sounds fun. I would love to try and make some one day. I love candles. Thanks for sharing this!

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      hotbrain 5 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      I have not made candles... but it looks like a fun project to try!

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      I made ice candles (wax poured over crushed ice--it makes a unique candle) a few times with Girl Scout troups, but haven't made any in years. I enjoyed reading this lens. Blessings!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @CruiseReady: You have so many good Lenses on the Titanic and Children's Books (among other great topics); I'm on your Fractals In Nature Lens now (AWESOME!!!).

      Thank you for visiting and participating on my Lens.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @DIY Mary: Your welcome, I really liked your Lens on making the Saguaro Cactus Candles; I have to try making them.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Your welcome, it's nice to share; BTW I really enjoyed your Greenhouse Lens, makes me wish I had a yard to plant a garden (I'm an apartment dweller, I have participated in community gardens and they're wonderful).

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I don't make candles yet, but I sure would love to begin. Many thanks for the tips and resources. Appreciated!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Thank you all so much for your participation on my Lens and the kind words; you'all have so many great Lenses, ya keep me busy.

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great info! I am just getting started candle making.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      I made candles years and years ago ... It really was fun - glad to see someone is enjoying it these days.

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      sheriangell 5 years ago

      You make it look so easy, I just might have to try it!

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      I love the scent of Lemon Grass candles - I may have to try this one day. Nice Lens

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      Ooooh I like the idea of doing this! With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I adore candles, but haven't made my own until reading your suggestions.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @RaintreeAnnie: That's what I do; I reuse the Glade glass container candles or Yankee Candle containers, you just have to buy paper-core wicks or zinc. Thanks for visiting my lens and participating.

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      RaintreeAnnie 5 years ago from UK

      I love candles and have bought quite a variety for our home over the years. I love scented ones the best. However making them does also appeal to me. I could use some of the old candle containers I think.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @lensesbyjames: Thank you for stopping by and participating on my Lens; I've added your site to my Link List and Pinned it as well. Hope you're having a Lovely Valentines Day <3

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      lensesbyjames 5 years ago

      I like Scentsy Candles myself, A great place to check them out is http://jamesgilbert.scentsy.us

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Gosh, I never thought about making my own candles ... some candles are mighty expensive, so making my own might be the solution.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @GoAceNate LM: Your welcome. Thanks for the visit, glad you liked the lens.

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      GoAceNate LM 5 years ago

      What an awesome lens. I make my own candles, but I've never done beeswax. Thanks for the resource. I didn't know you could use Crisco in your candles either. Great tips.

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      WebWriteGirl LM 5 years ago

      What an interesting lens especially the shortening idea!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @sherioz: I'll make some candles within the next week or so, take some photos as I go along and try to better answer your questions and provide you with some instructions. Thanks for your interest. Just to give you an idea, to buy a 50 lbs. box of soy wax it would cost around $100 if you consider shipping and handling (which is usually the minimum amount of wax you can buy when you buy in bulk); sometimes they have sampler wax sales which allow you to buy less wax (but you still wind up spending $25), that big container of vegetable shortening (in the photo above) costs around $5.

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      You've got me intrigued. Candles out of shortening? I'm sorry, never made a candle in my life - your answer to Tipi below gave me a hint but I don't trust that I really understand - can you please add the full instructions in the module above?

      Also - can you give us some idea of prices and what a difference it would make to make our own? I love candles and don't let myself light them as much as I would like because of the cost of them. How much would I really save by making my own?

      Thanks.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @headforthehills: Thanks. It is a great way to make candles; soy wax is very expensive when you by it online or in a craft store. There is no scent that I'm aware of, however, you can add any scent you'd like using essential oils; the length of time they burn depends on the container & wick you use, it's something you have to experiment with. This is just a guesstimate, I'd say you would get at least 12 hours of burn time using a standard votive candle container. If you do decide to use your own essential oils, add them last; they tend to evaporate and you don't want that, those oils are very expensive. Hope that was helpful headforthehills, thanks for stopping by.

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      headforthehills 5 years ago

      Nice tip! Shortening is a nice frugal way to make a candle. What kind of scent does it have and how long does it last?

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      I've made candles by dipping, but w/ 7 kids, I just don't have time anymore. Maybe someday...

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm glad we've inspired eachother, we of the Squidoo Nation have to stick together. I think the easiest, and greenest candle method is use vegetable shortening (Crisco or the cheap stuff is even better); it's soy wax (pretty much), and you can reuse a Glade, or Yankee Candle glass container. The tricky part is getting the wick right, I have a bunch of wicking, I can always send some to you if you email me your address. You don't even have to melt down the Crisco, you can just push the wick attached to the wicktab down into the shortening.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I used to make my own candles and have gotten away from that. Its something I enjoy, so you just may have inspired me to do it. My granddaughter would enjoy seeing how its done.