Candle Making at Home – In 3 Easy Steps

Candle making at home has become quite popular recently as more and more hobbyists are taking-up this craft as both a means of entertainment and a source of income.

Just like any other craft, there are simple principles that will guide you in making your venture successful, whether as a business or as a hobby.

When you first begin making candles at home, you will soon realize that this can be more than just an entertaining activity. Candle making is also an art that provides a venue to express your own unique creativity. At first, this may not be evident in your results. However, with a little time and effort spent getting familiar with the process, you will soon find yourself artistically incorporating your own personal touches which will provide you with more satisfying and fulfilling outcomes.

Candle making at home can also be considered an expression of a person’s brilliance. Although it is a skill, the variety of choices available in presentation, fragrance, color, and wax type provides a means for a person’s brilliance to really shine. Here, you have all the time to explore and discover the many ways to experiment, tweak, and improve on different artistic angles to produce truly unique results.

Finally, as mentioned, candle making at home is a craft. This means that you need to apply some techniques to perform the skills needed in making candles. As you practice this craft your level of expertise increases. Hence, artistic candle making will become as easy as cooking or preparing a meal.

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Knowing these principles, your candle making venture will now be put in the right direction, perspective and motivation.

As you start candle making at home, you have to gather all the tools and ingredients that you need. Your local craft store or an online store can be good sources of all the things that you need. A double boiler, wicks, whisk, moulds, dye, fragrance oil, thermometer, and your wax are the important things you need to start make your own candles.

Step 1 – Melting the Wax

You can start with heating the wax in a double boiler. You can choose from paraffin or soy wax or any of the many other wax forms available today. If you want to be environmentally friendly, you can choose soy wax or beeswax instead of paraffin wax.

When melting the wax it is important to ensure the temperature never exceeds 180 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2 – Adding Color & Fragrance

Once the wax has melted to its liquid state, you can add the coloring dye to it using a whisk. Once you have the desired color, you can then proceed with adding the fragrance oil and blend again to ensure a balanced distribution of the scent.

Step 3 – Pouring the Wax

Next is to reduce the temperature to 150 degrees and pour the wax into the moulds carefully. Then, put the wicks one by one to the center of the candle molds carefully.

After this, you want to leave your candles for at least five hours to allow them to properly cool before removing them from the moulds.

Source by Sarah Johnstan

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