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Getting Your Candle Making Gear

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Candle making is a great skill to learn.  There are many reasons to want to learn how to make candles. You may choose candle making as a new hobby.  Others make candles as part of a lucrative business.  But whatever the reason as you begin you will need to acquire all the start up materials.

The candle making start up process is all about getting your equipment. Some of these materials you will probably have around your household already.  Other items you will need to research and purchase.  The following is just what you need to being your new candle making hobby or business.

First let’s explore what is needed for candle making on a small scale in your home.  The process all begins with wax.  Since a candle is almost entirely made up of wax, let’s consider the different types of waxes.

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First determine the kind of candles you want to make (size, shape, utility, quality, etc.) to know what type of wax to use.  The most common wax types you may use for your candle making are paraffin wax, gel wax, and soy wax.  You can find many other types of waxes on the market, however, these are most often used.

Soy and paraffin waxes are most commonly used for basic candles.  This is because the wax is readily available and it’s an easy wax to work with.  Soy wax may even be preferred over paraffin.  Soy is completely natural and so as a wax it burns without any smoke or odor.  Soy waxes also burn longer than paraffin wax.  However, paraffin is still often used in candle making because of its affordability and its low maintenance in candle making.

Gel waxes are used for more upscale candle making. If you are looking to make uniquely designed and higher quality candles, gel wax will be your best bet. The name “gel” even gives away the fact that this wax is the most pliable and therefore easy to mold of all waxes.

After you’ve chosen the type of wax to use, you will need to obtain the wick.  Without the wick nothing will burn at all! The wick will run through the center of the entire candle so a flame can burn until the candle wax has all been melted.

The final equipment needed for your candle making is a melting pot/thermometer combo and molds.  If you are doing small scale candle making, you will just use your own pots, pans and stove top for the melting of the wax.  Some professionals also recommend the use of thermometers so you know the exact temperature of your wax.  Then of course you need some sort of container to mold your candle into a shape once it’s melted.  Some molds are as simple as a jar or glass; upscale candle making will require specially shaped molds to form your desired candle.

Once you’ve acquired all your equipment, enjoy your candle making! And then burn baby burn!

Candle Tips

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Candle making can be tough when you are out of practice.  Candle making can even seem a little dangerous because it involves hot wax.  It is also confusing on how much dyes and fragrances to use in candle making.

Picking what dye you want to use can be tricky.  No matter the color it is always important to read the box, especially the warnings.  The dye is very potent and powerful.  Be very careful because you can dye your clothes, counters, and stovetop very easily if you are not careful.

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You also need to be careful with the dye because if it gets too hot then the color may change.  Adding the dye slowly is a good idea as well.  This way you can make sure to get the exact shade that you want.  It is always easier to add color then to take it away.

Working with fragrances can be just as tricky as working with dyes.  The same rule of less is more still applies.  Mixing too much fragrance in the wax can make it hard to get the candle out of the mold.  The worst thing is that the fragrance of the candle will not be pleasant but it will be nauseating.

Pouring the wax slowly into the mold is a great tip.  Pouring slowly will create fewer spills and messes.  It will prevent possible burns and the candle will have a nice shape.

Another great tip is to clean up the spills immediately.  Cleaning them up quickly is easier than waiting because the wax is still in liquid form.  It will also help to prevent stains on your counters if you are working with dyes.

The last great tip is to make sure to clean your kitchen or area before you start.  This way you can see what spills you are currently making and can clean them immediately.  It will also make your experience more enjoyable.

Making candles is even more enjoyable when you can make them unique.  Put your creativity into your candles.  Think of something that you do best and incorporate it into your candles.

Uses for Scented Candles

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Candles have so many uses.  Especially with the wide array of scents that candle making has produced these days, they become an easy solution to so many household or personal issues. The following are 3 awesome ways that scented candles can help you every day.

First, let’s talk household uses. Scented candles have some great uses at home. The wonderful aroma of a scented candle can improve the atmosphere of any living space. Place candles in bathrooms, kitchens and mudrooms to spruce up your home and make it smell blissful.

If children or pets are part of your family, your home may especially benefit from scented candles if you take the proper precautions.  Pet food cupboards, cat litter areas, dog kennels, playrooms and diaper changing stations can turn your nice home into a raunchy wreck! Use scented candles to freshen up even these most troubling areas.

However, when burning candles always make sure these items are out of the way of children and pets. It’s easy to use candles in these problem areas in your home if you simply take a few precautions so your loved ones are not harmed.  Always keep candles out of places where they could fall or be tipped. And never leave burning candles alone.

The second idea for scented candle usage is for stress relief.  Did you know certain types of scented candles can actually help you relax and ease tension?  The idea of aromatherapy puts this into practice.

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Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils in candle making to cure or ease daily stress.  Who would have thought that smells could be therapeutic? But truly when certain essential oils are emitted through the air, their scent can appeal to the brain and foster calming feelings. This happens in the candle making when oils are infused into candle wax making it an aromatherapy candle.

Third and finally, scented candles can be used to create an ambiance in your house. Any kind of candle can transform your home into a cozy or romantic setting.  However, with scented candles any mood can be achieved. You can find candles with smells that boast of anything from baked goods to seasons of the year.  The only trick is narrowing your scented search down!

And so a scented candle can be an easy solution to everyday issues.  They can freshen up a room, relieve stress, and even set the mood for any occasion. Pick one up today and see how it helps you!