Make Your Own Candles
Making candles is quite easy. You can learn how to make your own candles just by watching a few videos on you tube or reading some candle making tips. You can treat candle making as a hobby and use your homemade candles to decorate your home, give them away as gifts or sell them and earn some extra income.
There are several different types of candles. They come in different shapes, sizes, colors and fragrances. Most of the candles are made from paraffin wax. Soy candles and gel candles are becoming popular. Soy candles are made from soy wax instead of paraffin and gel candles are made from gel.
Unity candles are used for wedding ceremonies. If you are a beginner and want to learn how to make your own candles, the easiest is to try making container or votive candles using paraffin. For a start, buying a candle making kit online or from a craft shop is a better idea than buying each one of the candle making supplies such as candle wax, wick, wick tabs, candle thermometer, additives, coloring and essential oil. Making taper candles or dipping candles is time consuming compared to votive candles. But you don't need any molds to make taper candles.
Before proceeding to make your own candles, take note of these safety precautions and the necessary preparations.
Whether you are using paraffin, gel or soy wax, you are going to heat this basic ingredient at a high temperature. Care should be taken to ensure your safety from accidents such as fire or getting burnt or scalded. For safety purposes, keep your working area away from flammable items and have a fire extinguisher or baking soda nearby just in case the wax catches fire.
Ensure that you are working on a non-slip floor and using a flat surface for melting the wax, pouring the wax into your containers and cooling them afterwards. The cooling area for you candles should be away from sunlight and any heating or cooling system.
Lay old newspapers or wax paper on the table top that you are working on because the wax will drip and you wouldn't want to have to face with a problem of cleaning it up later.
Get your wicks, containers and everything that you need ready before you begin to melt the wax. One of the candle making equipments that you need is a double boiler to melt the wax. A double boiler is a two fitted saucepans, one bigger than the other. If you don't have this saucepan, you can use any big pan that you have and place a smaller one or a large can on top to be used for melting the wax.
The wick is an important item for your handmade candles. Get the right width, length and quality. If the wick isn't wide enough, it will cause the candle to form a crater in the middle when you burn it.
When melting the wax, don't leave it unattended. Cut the paraffin in smaller chunks so that it will melt faster. Follow the temperature that is set, often between 150 to 200 degrees. You can check the manufacture's instruction to determine the correct temperature. Remember that if the heat is too hot, your candles will lose luster and won't be sturdy. If there's insufficient heat, they will not form correctly.
Here's how to make your own candles
What you need to make your own candles:
Wax, molds, thermometer, a spatula, a toothpick, additive, wick and wick tabs. The wick tab is for the base of the candle. If you want to add color and scents to your candles, include dye and fragrance.
How to make your homemade votive candles
Those are the steps to make your own candles.
If you want to learn how to make gel candles or soy candles, you can search the internet, go to you tube or buy a book on making candles. And when you have learned how to make your own candles and mastered the skill, why not turn your passion into a business.
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