Candles bring a special element to home decor. They bring a pleasing scent and a warm glow from the flame. There are many different designs and colors to choose from so that your candle have a candle that fits your style. It is easy enough to find a candle pretty much anywhere. But there is a great feeling sitting in a room filled with candles you have made. It really is easier to make candles than you might think.
Most people think candle making is a hard, long process. This is not the case. The supplies and ingredient lists are small. The effort put into them, small though it may be, will all be worth it in the end. Another perk to making your own candle is that you can custom make the candle to fit the color and scent you want.
Most of the tools are things you already have in your home. For heating the wax an electric stove will work well. Use a pot, fill it half way full of water, then put a clean, used can to put the wax in. Bring the water to a boil and the wax inside will slowly melt. When you are done with the can used to melt the wax you can just through it away. Easy clean up! Next you will need a mold of some sort. It can be anything you have at home, a glass jar or a paper cup. These are the only tools you will need.
For the supplies you will need wax, a lead free wick and a scent, if desired. There are many options when it comes to waxes. The most common is paraffin wax. It is easy to work with and it comes in a variety of melting points so you can use it for different kinds of candles such as: votive candles or pillar candles. The next most popular is beeswax. This one is a bit more expensive because it is harvested in smaller amounts at a time. This wax makes candles burn evenly and put off a warm glow. Beeswax doesn’t need a scent as it gives off a honey sent when burned.
There are also palm soy, and gel waxes you can use. Soy and palm are similar to beeswax and are becoming more popular because they are all natural products. They come in a variety of melting points like the paraffin and both burn clean. Which means your home will be cleaner. Gel wax is not really wax at all. It is a combination of resin and mineral oil. Gel wax is fun in that it is transparent and you can do a lot of fun things in the wax. You might even want to make some votive candles in a shape mold, for example a start cookie cutter would make a cute little candle to put into the gel wax for variety.
Now that we have gone through the basics of candle making I hope you feel more confidant in your next candle making project. Have fun and make it fit your style.