How To Make Candles
Learning how to make candles is really quite easy provided you invest a small amount of time in the beginning getting familiar with the basic principles involved and the steps required first.
Candle making is a craft that has been around for thousands of years. Where it was once merely a necessity for people in times past just to have light at night, candle making of modern day has evolved into an overwhelmingly popular hobby and an art that more and more people are getting involved in every year. In fact, many people that have learned how to make candles have found that they enjoy it so much that they’ve taken it to the next level and have turned their passion for candle making into a profitable small business that they run part-time from their home – more on that later.
Learning how to make candles will not only provide you with a fulfilling past time activity but it is also a very versatile and useful hobby to have. There are soy candles, beeswax candles, scented candles, gel candles, dyes, scents, wicks and more. You can create candles for your personal use, or to give away as gifts to friends and family. Who doesn’t like candles? You can even turn your newly developed craft into a profitable business and sell your candles in gift shops, boutiques, and even online!
Once you have learned the secrets of how to make candles successfully you will find that it is extremely rewarding and easy to do. A lot of the tools and candle making equipment you will need can most often be found at your local craft store. The candle making wax, wicks and molds that you will use to create your candles can usually be found at those craft stores, and since candle making is becoming so popular, you will also find that even more supplies, like fragrance oils and the dyes you would use to color your wax, can be found there, too. For any supplies you can’t find at your local craft shop, all you need to do is turn to the Internet.
As for many of the tools – it is very likely that you already have them in your own home. This is a very common relief for most people when they are first learning how to make candles. For example, the first step in candle making is to prepare the wax by melting it, and this is usually done in a double boiler, which many kitchens already have. If you don’t have a double boiler, that’s okay, too – you can easily make one. Since a double boiler is basically just one large pot filled with water and placed on the stove top with another smaller pot inside it, all you really need are those 2 pots.
How to Make Candles, The Basic Concept
The basic concept to candle making is very simple:
- Melt the wax
- Pour the melted wax into a mold
- Let the wax cool
- Remove your new candle from the mold
However, even with such a simple concept though, there are many things that can and often do go wrong for the new candle maker. Understanding the differences between the various candle making supplies such as types of wax, wicks, molds, fragrances, dyes, and candle making equipment is the first step when learning how to make candles.
The next step in learning how to make candles is to learn how to use the tools of the trade and discover the tips and tricks the experts use (the secrets). Learning these before starting your first candle making project will save you much time, frustration, material, and money! You will not regret investing a little time up front getting to know the ins and outs of this rewarding hobby.
Here’s an example of a simple, yet valuable secret that will not only save you heart-ache, but a few bucks too:
“Depending on the mold type, you may need to use a releasing agent to get it out of the mold, but make sure it is completely cooled before trying. You can save a few bucks by using an easy releasing agent you probably already have – cooking spray. Use this to spray into the mold before pouring the wax in. Four to six hours will usually do the trick, but you can sometimes put the whole thing into the freezer to speed up the process. This can also make removing the finished candle easier. And then you’re done!”
How to Make Gel Candles
Gel candles are the hottest variety of candle on the market today. These are those trendy clear/translucent candles that have been flying off the shelves everywhere in recent times. Why are gel candles so popular? For a couple of reasons – one of which is that they have a unique rubbery texture to them that actually glows when the candle is lit. Another reason gel candles are so popular is because you can place decorative accessories and items inside the transparent gel. Yes, unlimited potential for your imagination!
Many people are intimidated by making gel candles. Yes, there are some differences between making gel candles versus other candles, but only a few. Once you’ve learned how to make gel candles you will find that they are no more difficult to produce than the other types.
How To Make Scented Candles
Who doesn’t love a scented candle? True, the flickering flame of a candle adds a certain elegance to a candle-lit room but the fragrant undertones of a properly scented candle adds an additional ambiance achievable no other way. Simply adding scent to your candles is fairly easy but there are many common mistakes that can easily be avoided by learning how to make scented candles properly. The most common mistake is adding too much fragrance which can actually ruin the candle itself, leaving you with a candle that will not burn properly and/or is pitted.
The first step in learning how to make scented candles is to learn how to chose the proper type of fragrance (yes there are many) for the type of wax you are using and then the proper proportions of fragrance for that type.
How to Make Soy Candles
Everyone wants to know how to make soy candles. Soy candles have been quite the rage recently. Why? Because soy is a natural alternative to the most common type of candle wax which is paraffin. Unlike paraffin, soy beans are a sustainable resource and therefore the creation of soy wax candles is seen as a process that does less harm to the environment – and they burn longer and cleaner too! Add to it that they are more economical too and you’ve got a hot market this day and age!
Are soy candles any more difficult to make than the other types of candles? Not at all – once you’ve leaned how to make soy candles you will realize that in many ways they are actually simpler to make. For instance, did you know soy wax can be heated in the microwave?
How To Make Beeswax Candles
Learning how to make candles can also make a great family project. Making beeswax candles is not only fun, but it’s also a great way to introduce children to candle making. First of all, you don’t actually have to melt beeswax to make candles with it. Yep, that’s right, you can “roll” it instead. This doesn’t mean you can’t melt it, you certainly can and do for some types of beeswax candles, but it is the one type of wax that doesn’t require it.
Because beeswax does not require heating the wax, this makes it perfect for family projects involving younger children. Teaching children how to make beeswax candles is not only fun but also a rewarding way to spend some quality time together.
Learning How To Make Your Own Candles Really Is Fun
With the different fragrances, colors, and decorations, waxes and molds, the only limit to the type of candle you make is your imagination. As you learn more about how to make candles you will quickly realize that a large part of the fun is experimenting with different color combinations and scents, as well as sizes and shapes, to come up with beautiful, unique candles that reflect your personal tastes and style, to use as decoration for your home and to proudly give away as gifts for any occasion. And, once you’ve mastered how to make your own candles you may find that you really have a knack for this great hobby, then you can package those beautiful handmade candles up and create a tidy little candle making business out of it, because candles are something that everyone loves and are always willing to buy for themselves and also to give as gifts!