Sunday, June 01, 2008

Candle Making Basics

What You Need

Wicks
Wax - Paraffin Wax or Beeswax
Melting Pot or Double Boiler
Wooden Spoon for stirring
Candle Thermometer
Candle Molds
Additives like stearic acid, colors, perfumes etc.
Pot Holders
Oil or Mold Release like silicone spray


WAX - Wax is basically of two types. Paraffin (a by product of oil refining) and Bee Wax (a natural product).

MELTING POT - Special melting pots for wax are available at craft stores, but old aluminum pots do fine.

CANDLE MOLDS - You can buy a variety of metal, plastic and rubber candle molds from craft stores. Old utensils, cake and muffin tins, soap molds, eggshells, milk cartons etc. can also be used as molds.

ADDITIVES - Stearic acid increases the hardness of the wax. Luster crystals extend the burning time of a candle and improve the overall appearance. You can add color and scent by shaving small bits from special blocks and putting them into the melted wax. Candle perfumes are available in two types - liquid scent oil and scent blocks.

BASIC DIRECTIONS:
1. Prepare mold by greasing and inserting a wick in it.
2. Melt Wax, add color and other additives if desired, and pour in greased mold.
3. Hold the wick straight by tying it to a pencil and placing the pencil across the diameter of the top of the mold.
4. Allow wax to cool completely.
5. Remove the candle from the mold and trim the wick to desired length.



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5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tutorial! I made candles when I was younger, but I'd forgotten how much fun it was. I might just have to try again!
    BTW, I'm doing a virtual trip around the USA and trying to link to blogs in all 50 states. You are one of my Pennsylvania blogs!

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  2. Mom2fur
    Thanks for stopping by :)

    Your virtual tryp around the USA is a great idea! Thank you for including my blog. :)

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  3. Hi, again! It was my pleasure to include you, but...I'm from Long Island, New York, not Johnstown. I really need to change that caption--you're the second person who thought I was from PA, LOL!

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