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How To Make Candles
Step-By-Step Candle Making Instructions
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Learn how to make candles following our easy Step-By-Step How to Make Candles Guides". They're 100% free and they were written with the beginner candle maker in mind. However, I think you should begin with something easy, such as votive candles.
Teaching yourself how to make votive candles will be easy, they will turn out perfect every time when you follow our simple Step by Step votive candle making Guide. Making votive candles will also give you experience working with candle wax, liquid candle dyes, fragrance oils, candle wicks, and the candle making process in general.
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Essential items that you will need to make candles in a safe manner
The first thing you will need is something to melt your wax in. Some people believe you should only use the double boiler method to melt wax. The double boiler method is the safest way to melt wax but it is also the slowest. There are a few ways to melt your wax for making candles, and we'll discuss those so you can decide which way is best for you.
One thing I will warn you is to never melt wax on your stove unless you are using the double boiler method. Never melt wax on or in anything that does not have some form of temperature control because wax does have a flash point and will burst into flames without warning once it reaches that point. Depending on the wax the flash point may be between 290 - 380 degrees. Always be safe when you make candles.
You don't have to have an expensive wax melter to make great candles either. I recommend you purchase a Presto "Kitchen Kettle" from your local hardware or Walmart store. I've seen them in just about every Walmart I've ever been in and they're only about $20.00! Just be sure you are getting the "Kitchen Kettle" there are many variations but the Kitchen Kettle comes with a numerical temperature gauge. Never melt wax in anything that doesn't have a numerical temperature gauge. Don't ever use anything with just high, medium and low settings.
The next thing you will need is a good thermometer. You need to use this with your kitchen kettle to ensure a proper candle wax temperature at all times. You can buy you a good thermometer while you're buying your kitchen kettle for under $5.00. Even a candy making type thermometer works great when you are learning how to make candles. We also offer a great thermometer for candle making from our shopping cart.
You will need a "pour pot" to pour your melted candle wax into your molds. We offer quality aluminum "Candlemaker's" pour pots, but I will tell you that a glass pyrex measuring cup works just as well. You can even start out using an old, clean coffee can to pour your candles.
Next, you will need an accurate and reliable scale for weighing your wax to put in your melter. A scale that weighs up to 10 LBS should be sufficient. You can usually find one at Walmart or at any office supply store. When we weigh our wax we break it up with a hammer and put the chunks the digital scale until we reach the amount we are going to melt.
The Presto "Kitchen Kettle" we talked about earlier will hold about 8 LBS of wax. You can melt any amount up to that. Even though it will hold 8 LBS of wax, I don't recommend that you start off ever melting more than 5-6 LBS at a time while you're learning how to make candles, because when you try to stir it can slosh out of the pot and cause a big mess.
So far you will need the following items to begin your candle making:
1. Melting Pot
3. Pour Pot
4. Scale to weigh your wax
5. Hammer to break up wax
Candle Making Supplies
Now we will cover the actual Candle Making supplies you will need.
You will need wax. If you want to make quality, fragrant candles not just any wax will do. We recommend one of our blended candle waxes that are manufactured exclusively for making candles. Our candle wax page offers only premium candle wax that was formulated to make creamy, rich looking candles every time when used properly. There are many types of waxes available, you can read more about all of the various candle making waxes on our web site in greater detail, including our NatureWax™ pure soy wax.
You will need wax coloring or dye. You are probably wondering if a crayon would work to color your wax. The short answer is yes, but the pigments used to make crayons will clog your wick and prevent your candle from burning properly. We recommend a dye that was formulated for candle wax. Our professional candle wax dyes come in a 1 oz drip bottle and they are very concentrated. A 1 oz bottle will last you a long time. They are convenient and easy to use whether you're a pro candle maker or just learning how to make candles.
Next, you will need some wicks. To save you time and money we offer pretabbed and prewaxed wicks. Wicking is a very instrumental part of candle making. Too big of a wick or too small of a wick is not good. We always recommend that you test various candle wick sizes to ensure that you are getting the proper burn for your candles. With that said, I will tell you that we use a 44-24-18z wick for our votive candles. The wicks we offer are proven to give a good burn and scent throw when used with our quality products.
Of course, since you're want to learn how to make highly fragrant candles you're going to need fragrance oil. I am often asked: Isn't all fragrance oil the same? Let me assure you with an empathic "NO". Allot of people waste a lot of money trying to save in this one area where you just shouldn't, not if you want to make great candles that is. The next paragraph explains why.
Any wax you decide to use to make your candles will only hold a certain amount of fragrance oil. This equates to approximately 1 oz - 1.5 oz of fragrance oil per LB of wax at most. After that, the fragrance oil will simply seep from the wax once your candle is made. So, since you can only put so much fragrance oil in a candle it only makes sense that if you want a truly strong scented candle you've got to use a quality fragrance oil. You'll be glad you used quality ingredients once you begin making candles.
All of our fragrance oils are 100% pure, uncut, no dilutions or additives, only pure quality fragrance oils you will be proud to use. Here is another money saving tip, whether you buy your fragrance oils from us, or another company, always purchase the 1 oz sampler size first so you can evaluate each fragrance and performance before you invest a lot of money in a bigger size bottle. A 1 oz bottle of our fragrance oil will scent 1 LB of wax and should give you a very strong scented candle.
And lastly, if you begin your candle making experience by learning how to make votive candles you are going to need a few votive molds. We recommend using our seamless, metal votive molds and wick pins to ensure a perfect made votive candle with a perfect centered wick. I also want you to email me if you have any other questions that I might not have covered in the instructions below, also be sure that you let me know how your first candles turn out! Most of all... Have fun when & make great candles!
The candle making supplies you will need are:
1. Candle making wax
2. Wax dye
4. Fragrance oils
5. Votive molds or glass containers
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I hope we've helped you save a little time and money with this little guide. Be sure to print out any of the candle making guides below that you may be interested in. If there is ever anything that I can assist you with don't hesitate to let me know.
How To Make Candles - Candle Making Instructions:
Getting Started - How To Make Candles
How to make votive candles
How to make container candles
How to make freedom (pillar) candles
How to make 1oo% soy votive candles
How to make 1oo% soy container candles
How to make scented aroma beads
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