Candle Making at Home
Candle making at home today is much different than the necessity it once was many years ago. It used to be that making candles was nothing more than a basic requirement of every day life. One needed a candle in order to light their reading desk in a dark room, or if traveling after the sun had set, again, another candle was required to light the path home. Since then times have obviously changed.
Nowadays, long after Edison’s advent of the incandescent, electric light bulb, candles continue to be made at home, but no longer is it merely out of necessity. Instead, they are artfully being crafted out of passion! Today people are making candles at home, not because they have to, but because candle making is an activity that they truly love doing. In fact, many people are finding that they love doing it so much that they are turning their new-found craft of candle making at home into full blown hobbies, and in many cases, even profitable home businesses!
When first getting into candle making at home it becomes obvious that, though the basic concepts appear fairly simple, there are still a lot of aspects to this fun and fulfilling craft that need to be learned. You are probably wondering, just how difficult can it be to melt some wax, pour it into a mold, and stick a wick in it?
In a sense, it really is almost that easy, almost. Successfully making candles at home, not unlike most hobbies or crafts, first requires a few fundamentals that need to be learned before jumping in head first. By investing a tiny amount of effort into learning these simple, yet crucial, ins and outs of this very rewarding hobby you will not only end up with more beautiful and exquisite candles, candles that burn brighter, last longer, and smell better, for longer, but you will also save yourself a whole lot of time and head-ache in the long run, and not to mention a lot of money too that would have otherwise been wasted on unnecessary equipment and failed experiments caused by lack of knowledge.
The best place to start when first getting into candle making at home is learning the basics. There are not too many of them, and they are simple, but you do need to know them before getting started. You will want to read up on all of the latest candle ingredients that the modern day candle maker has available to them. These include the different molds, types of molds, waxes, wicks fragrances and dyes. Next is finding out what the differences between all these various materials are and why one application requires this type while that other type would be better suited for that application. It may sound complicated but I assure you that it is not. The best place to start, to get good organized information that you can come back to time and time again is to invest in a good book on successful candle making.
With so much online information available on making candles at home it can be a bit overwhelming to quickly and easily find the right answers. This is why so many successful candle makers invest in an offline or downloadable book on the subject. It is a small investment for clean and organized information that quickly pays for itself.
Some Basics of Candle Making at Home
Deciding on what type of wax is best suited for your candle making project requires understanding the differences between all the available candle waxes that are available to the modern candle maker. The most common type of candle wax is paraffin wax. It is readily available at most craft stores, versatile, fairly inexpensive, and it typically works well with most types of dyes and scents. Then there are gel waxes, soy waxes, and even beeswax. With so many different types of candle waxes available, how do you know which one is going to be best for your project? Obviously it depends on the project itself. Each type of available candle wax has its pros and cons. For example, gel wax is best suited for projects requiring transparency or translucency, but it requires a much higher heat to melt and therefore requires some additional safety measures be taken when working with it. Where as soy wax melts at a much lower temperature and can even be melted in the microwave which is convenient. It is also better for the environment because it is derived from earth-friendly resources but despite all of the pros to soy, there are some downsides to it too that are rarely ever mentioned. Then there is beeswax, which doesn’t have to be melted at all!
How to make Candles At Home
Learning the craft of candle making at home is not only a fulfilling hobby but it is also a very useful past time activity. When starting out it is common to make candles for yourself and your home but as your passion for the art intensifies (and yes, it will) you will soon find yourself making candles to give away as gifts. It will start with friends and immediate family but as you become better and more proficient at your new craft you will soon find yourself handing out your exquisite creations to grandma, Aunt Jean, and even co-workers, just because you feel like it. I mean really, who doesn’t like candles?
Experimenting with all the different types of waxes and wicks, the various scents, the many different color combinations, candle styles, and plethora of shapes and sizes is a large part of the fun when first learning how to make candles at home.