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Learn How to Make Candles at Home

How to Make a Simple Container Candle

by Sherry Frewerd on 03/27/12

If you are ready to make your first candle but are a bit nervous or apprehensive to start, here is a very simple and affordable candle to try as a novice. 

Supplies:

1.  double boiler or two pans, one inside the other
2.  thermometer
4.  wick
6.  fragrance drops

Instructions:

1.  Either in a double boiler or pans, place the wax to melt. To melt quicker, break up wax with a hammer. Allow the wax to melt to somewhere between 180 and 200 degrees. *do not melt wax without either a double boiler or by putting one pan inside another to avoid risk of fire.

2.  Put wicks in containers. To make this simpler, try to find pre-waxed wicks so the wick stays straight. If not, use a wick centering clip to keep the wick standing straight. 

3.  After melting the wax, add color dye. Be careful not to add too much dye because the melted wax appears to be darker than it really will be after cooling.

4.  Next, add your fragrance. Follow the fragrance directions to determine how much to use.

5.  Pour wax into votive size containers.

Learn how to make all kinds of different candles - including tea light, beeswax, hurricane shell, rolled, layered, container, molded pillar, votive, and many others with the wonderful resources from 'Candle Making 4 You'

Top Tips on Making Soy Container Candles

by Sherry Frewerd on 03/24/12

If you want to know even more about making perfect candles at home, then why not check out this recommended resource:

"Candle Making 4 You" is a digital program that teaches customers how to make candles cheaply at home. This candle making system will guide you from the very basics to the most advanced and latest candle making techniques. This system also includes loads of info on how to make custom candle molds, candle fragrances, as well as starting a successful business selling candles. 

Top Tips on Making Soy Container Candles 

If you're thinking about making soy candles, and already have some experience with making paraffin candles, you should know that there is not really any difference in the process, but there are indeed some different steps for really good soy candles. 

The first difference is that soy wax holds a lot more scent or fragrance oils than other waxes such as paraffin, so you can use more (one and a half ounces of scent for each pound of soy wax.)

Next, you should know that you will be heating the soy wax to much hotter than paraffin so that the scent and colors will combine well with the soy wax. Heat the wax to 185 degress prior to adding the fragrance and color dye. Be sure to stir for two minutes to get the components blended nicely.

Once it is all binded together, you are going to wait until the temp of the wax goes down to about 112 degrees prior to pouring the candles. Be sure to check the temp often and then stir again a few more times, potentially as the wax temp reduces ten degrees or so. You have to stir often so the fragrance, soy and color all blend together properly. Do not omit these heating and cooling steps so you won't have troubles such as cracked or flaked wax which are both typical issues when using soy wax.

Product Review of Candle Making Pouring Pot Kit from Candlewic

by Sherry Frewerd on 03/24/12


This easy to use candle making kit is great for any level candle maker. Making candles can be fun for the entire family. Included are: 1 pouring pot, Thermometer, 1# of wax, 3 votive cups, 9 wick assemblies color, scent and instructions.

The instructions are easy to follow and are enough for beginner candle makers. The only thing that I would like to see changed is to have a metal mold, but that would require a higher price tag, so for the great price it is really a bargain and just the thing for newbies in the candle making craft.

Secrets to Successful Candle Making Tip: Things to Know About Candle Molds

by Sherry Frewerd on 03/24/12

There are many things to learn when making candles at home, one important component if you are not making a container candle is having the right mold. Here are some tips from Secrets to Successful Candle Making regarding candle molds.

A candle mold is a container that the wax is poured into while it cools.  The wax will hold the shape of the mold when it has cooled completely.  Candle molds are made out of a variety of materials, sizes, shapes, and styles.  They also offer a variety of different uses.  Aluminum molds are a very popular type of mold candle makers use.  They are durable and heat resistant.  Plus, they leave a smooth finish without leaving any seams in the finished candle.  This gives the candles the appearance of being professionally made.  These types of metal molds are widely used in making votive and pillar candles.  They are also inexpensive when compared to rubber molds.  

A plus about aluminum molds is that they are easy to clean.  All you need to do is to put them on a baking sheet in your oven.  By placing them upside down and heating them to about 150 degrees the leftover wax will milt and run out of the mold onto the cookie sheet.  Just remember to line your cookie sheet.  The down side to aluminum molds is that they are not flexible so there are very little choices when it comes to varying the shapes or textures of the candles and that they require a releasing agent to get the candle out of the mold.   

On the other hand, rubber molds like polyurethane, silicone, or latex molds are very flexible.  Polyurethane molds are flexible but they do not stretch well.  They are usually a little bit cheaper then silicone molds.  Unfortunately, they have a strong odor that may be able to be passed along in your candle and they will need a releasing agent to get the candle out of it.  Often times pillar and taper candles are made from these types of molds.  Silicone molds are another type of rubber mold.  They are the most expensive molds because of their outstanding qualities.  They leave no parting lines, they are flexible but also stretchable to a point so getting the candles out of the molds is easier and requires no releasing agent.  

Although latex molds used to be used very often, with the advances in other types of rubber molds they are loosing their luster.  But, it is very easy to make your own molds at home by using liquid latex and painting it onto a structure at home.  This process requires a lot of coats of latex but, the options of different types of unique molds are endless.

Recommended Candle Making Resource 'Candle Making 4 You'

by Sherry Frewerd on 03/23/12


"Candle Making 4 You" is a digital program that teaches customers how to make candles cheaply at home. This candle making system will guide you from the very basics to the most advanced and latest candle making techniques. This system also includes loads of info on how to make custom candle molds, candle fragrances, as well as starting a successful business selling candles. 

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