How to Make Candles

Playing with wax, in an attempt to make candles, could be an interesting gig. As long as you’re not obsessed with “ The House of Wax ” movie, it is probably safe to say that the most you could do with wax is make candles in different shapes and sizes.

For the record, if you lost yourself somewhere in the middle of that House of Wax movie reference, know this that the villain was a creepy psycho who’d pour hot boiling wax on live people, in order to make wax mannequins. Pretty scary right?

Anyway, this article will teach you the ins and outs of “How to Make Candles”, the “sane” and easy way. To be honest, candles are kind of expensive as long as you’re willing to buy high quality scented stuff. Isn’t it better to make something on your own, while cutting down on expenses? Sure, sure… let’s see what’s in store below….

A Little Bit About Candle Making Tradition:

The candle making culture carries quite a deeper meaning than spreading luminous rays of light everywhere. If you might raise questions regarding the origination of candle culture; all of it dates back to the time when people wanted to celebrate something special at different occasions. The modern edition of candles can be interpreted at sweet sensuous aroma and soft light emitting products that can jazz up any sort of environment.

Anyway, if you’re a couple of blocks away from Joanne’s or some other retailer, the candles are going to cost you $20 a piece… Ouch. Let’s take a quick look at how to make candles on your own tutorial below:

A Word of Caution To Wanna Be Candle Gurus: \

Hot Wax can be a pain in the butt.

Cold Wax is quite hard to cleanup! Proceed with your projects by using multiple layers of newspaper foils.

Don’t use a lot of tools to scrape off candle marks because it’ll leave horrendous scratches here ‘n there

Wax can set on fire quite easily; don’t get carried away with the heat intensity below that Boiler! Hint: Wax becomes flammable at somewhere around 300 ° F.

 

Things You’ll Need on Your ‘How To Make Candles Project’, and Where To Get Them:

-          As we all know that candles are made up of wax, so you’re going to need tons of it. There’re tons of retailers in your local vicinity that can sell you wax bars at extremely low rates.

-          Next thing on the list is known as Wicks. Don’t know what they’re? Wicks are basically those long threads that are inserted in the candles during the production process.

-          If you’re thinking of adding a sense of color and style to your candles, buy crayons. Since crayons are made of wax and other paraffin additives, they melt easily and blend within the candle mold, giving it a colored layout.

-          If you need a tinge of scent in your candles, go for Vanilla or Strawberry extracts. These florescent “scents” can be bought from the same retailer where you bought the wax and wicks from!

-          Get a Double Boiler. If you can’t find one, buy two boilers of relatively same sizes. One of them should be slightly smaller so that you can insert it in the bigger one. Why would you want to do it? It’s because wax should NEVER be boiled directly in one container – It creates a cold mess in the end.

-          Newspapers, scraping/shaping knife, shaping molds and a spoon should be your last items.

 

How to Make Candles – The Actual Process In Detail:

1.       Lay down a couple of newspaper sheets around your work area. Make sure they’re double folded so that the wax stains don’t pour through.

2.       Light up your stove and place a huge container on it. The container should be big enough to hold water and the double boilers.

3.       Pour water in the container. Insert the double boiler in the watery container.

4.       After the water has heated up, start chucking in bits ‘n pieces of your wax bar in the double boiler.

5.       As soon as the wax inside the double boiler starts boiling up, you should be working on your molds.

a.       Apply soy or vegetable oil coating in the insides of the mold so that you can easily pull out the wax once it gets cold.

6.       Pour the warm wax inside the mold(s).

7.       So far so good- it is time for you to insert the wick in the wax filled mold.

a.       As per a general estimate, the wick should be long enough to leave an extra 1.5 inch after the insertion. Use this available length to wrap the wick around a pencil.

b.      The pencil should sit on top of the mold’s opening in a horizontal position – This is to ensure that the wick doesn’t sick inside the hot wax during the “freeze-up” process.

8.       Leave the molds for 24 – 36 hours so that your new candle(s) can get as hard as they’re meant to be. Don’t let the temptation of removing lobbing out the candles quickly. Their outer surface may look hard to you, but the insides are still soft and hot.

9.       There’s no 9 th step, just remove the candle from the mold and that’s it. You’ve got yourself a homemade candle just like that!

 

What If I Want to Add Color and Fragrance To The Candles?

Right in the middle of your wax melting process; break your crayons into teeny-weeny pieces, and drop them in. The crayons, after melting, will add up to the color of your wax sticks.

If you want to add fragrance to the candle, which you’re probably dying to, pour down a couple of droplets of that vanilla essence in the mold. Make sure that you’re dropping the “drops” after you’re done pouring the wax in the mold. By the way, don’t worry about the wick if it seems a little lose in the end. As soon as you’ll burn it, the heat will cause the appropriate areas of the wax to melt and fill in.

 

You Asked Me To Buy a Knife In The Item List… Is It For Stabbing Someone?

Well, if you’re interested in sticking knives here ‘n there, go ahead with it. But technically, the reason why that knife was recommended to you was because you’d want to scrape off those candle marks followed by the post candle making process. Good Luck!