Candles are something that most of us have in our homes. Whether using them to decorate a birthday cake, add ambiance and fragrance to a room, or provide light when the power is out. We have all relied upon candles at some point. While we’ve used candles most of our lives, have you ever wondered what it would be like to learn how to make candles at home?
Making candles can be a wonderful hobby that you can enjoy with your family and friends. Not only is it cost efficient, but it’s also fun.
Before you grab your best pot and get ready to start making candles, there are some basic equipment and supplies that you’ll need.
First and foremost you are going to need some type of melting pot. You can use a double boiler, or other type of electric cooking kettle. Whatever you choose to use to melt the wax, you need to be able to control the heat. If you get an electric cooker, make sure it has a numerical temperature gauge.
In addition to a numerical temperature gauge, you’ll also need a thermometer. Wax is combustible if it gets too hot, so monitoring the temperature is very important. Any type of kitchen or candy thermometer will work and can usually be purchased fairly inexpensively.
You’ll need some way to pour the wax once it’s melted. You can purchase a pour pot that’s specifically designed for making candles if you want. If you are just starting out, you may want to consider an old glass Pyrex measure cup or coffee pot that you no longer use.
You’ll also need some type of a kitchen scale to weigh your wax. Ideally, the scale will weigh up to 10 lbs. Last but not least, you’ll need a hammer to break the wax into smaller pieces. You can probably find one of these in your tool box or lying around the house.
Now that you have the basic equipment, it’s time to start thinking about the supplies you’ll need to make candles at home.
What’s a candle without wax? It’s a piece of string, that’s what it is. This is one area where you don’t want to skimp. There are many types of wax to choose from; paraffin, soy, blended and gel are just a few.
You’ll also want dye so you can create candles in your favorite colors. While you could grab a box of your kids’ crayons, this is not recommended. For the best results, you’ll want to purchase wax coloring or dye.
All the wax and dye in the world won’t matter at all if you don’t have a wick. Without this critical piece, the candle isn’t a candle.
One of the great things about burning candles at home is the aroma they give off. One of the best ways to improve the smell of a room is to light a few candles. Why do you think so many people keep them in the bathroom?
There are many options when it comes to fragrance oils you can use. The best thing about fragrance oils is that a little goes a long way. Generally, a pound of wax only needs about one ounce of oil.
The last thing you need is a container or mold. This will create the form of the candle. There are many options to choose from, but a couple of options are glass containers or votive molds.
For the beginner you may want to consider purchasing a candle making kit. A kit will contain most, if not all of the equipment and supplies you need to learn how to make candles at home.
This seems like a lot of information to absorb, but never fear. We’ll continue to delve into the wonderful world of making candles in subsequent articles. For now, just realize that making candles is a fun activity that you can enjoy with your family and they also make great gifts!
Additional Candle Making Resources
- How To Make Your Own Candles | Planning With Kids – I made these travel candles as my second handmade gift for Christmas 2012. You can see how else I have been getting organised for Christmas in my Christmas.
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