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Tips And Techniques For Wax Candle Making At Home

Been bitten by the homemade candle making bug? No doubt you’ve spent many happy hours making candles by the dozen. No doubt you’ve had a few less than desirable results among them. You’re not giving up because of that, but you want some help, and by now, you also want to make something that’s well…different! You’ve come to the right place because here are some tips and techniques for the most common problems encountered in candle making at home.

Do your candles stutter or have a weak, small flame? Either the size of the wick is too small, your wick is not primed or you have impurities in your wax. Use a larger wick next time and prime your wicks. Here’s how: melt wax in a double boiler. Drop you wicks and remove them – chopsticks work well here – only when little bubbles form indicating that the wick has absorbed the wax. Lay them on wax paper and straighten them once they’ve cooled. If the flame is still weak, it may be the impurities in the wax; switch to a better grade wax or a more reliable supplier.

Sometimes your candle seems to be the wrong color, or there’s hardly any fragrance when the candle is lit. Use only dye chips meant for candle making; crayons are not meant to color candles. To test for color, scoop a little of the melted wax and pour it into a miniature mold – ice cube tray, egg cup – at least 1/2 inch deep. Cool 3-5 minutes in the freezer and check. Add more color to obtain a deeper shade but if it’s too dark now, charge it to experience. Use only candle making fragrance oils and add them just before pouring. Keeping them on the heat will simply cook off the scent. Avoid the temptation to add more fragrance oil the next time around. There’s just so much oil candle wax can absorb; excess oil can result in oily or “weepy” candles.

One way of creating candles that are both decorative AND functional is to make use of old, unused containers lying around the house. Mason jars can be filled with candles scented with your favorite fruit fragrance and dyed to match. Place off season cupcake baking papers in old muffin pans (don’t use them again for baking), fill with vanilla or chocolate scented candle wax and sprinkle bits of shaved candle dye on top. Don’t forget the wick or someone might take a bite off them!

Now, what to do with leftover wax. NEVER pour liquid wax down the drain. It will harden and cause you grief. Prepare a container as a mold and simply pour leftover wax into it after each batch you make. When it’s full, unmold it and surprise yourself with the rainbow of colors and scents that appears.

These whimsical yet practical candles will surely charm anyone who receives them, so don’t hesitate to try making them. Keep pen and paper handy. In the process of making candles, you will surely develop your own methods and you’ll want to jot down your own candle making ideas.

Want to find out more about candle making, then visit Rebecca Keating’s site to get the best tips and techniques on homemade candle making.

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