If you have been thinking about making candles, you should know that there are certain tools and supplies you’re going to need. The good news is that these don’t necessarily have to cost a lot of money, especially if you don’t plan on mass producing candles for sale. Either way, here’s a quick look at some of the most important tools used when creating candle masterpieces.
Basic Candle Making Tools
- Molds and Sprays – Candle molds are important. You’ll want to go with aluminum or steel for safety. Candle mold removal spray will make the candle come out a lot easier.
- Wicks and Holders – Wicks and a wick holder bar are also going to be necessary. Both of these are easily picked up at any quality candle shop or you can find them online.
- Color me Purple – There are quite a few easy options for solid color candles, but there are also many different effects you can pull off. (Leave a comment if you want to hear about these.)
- Wax (of Course) – This is an essential ingredient, and not really a tool, but while we’re talking candles, you might want to start with soy based wax – available in large blocks or pieces.
- Oven Mitts – You’re going to be working with hot wax – these are important for safety!
Advanced Tools for Making Candles
- Scents and Common Sense – When it comes to fragrances, you’re going to want to research more to make sure your candles are safe. That said, there are quite a few scents available for making candles.
- Chisel and Mallet – Carving a candle can really make it unique – and worth more – especially in the hands of an artist. Browsing the web, you can see a lot of great ideas for carving candles decoratively.
- Friends and Strangers – While your mom is probably going to say she “loves” your candles, if you’re serious about making them to sell, you’re going to need friends and strangers to give you honest opinions about your candles. Think about throwing a candle party to show off your candles – giving away samples or even taking orders.
Homemade Candles for Fun and Profit
What next? That is up to you. The actual process of creating a candle isn’t that difficult. We’re not going to lay out the directions here, but now you know what tools you are going to need if you want to make candles at home for fun or profit. If you have a specific question about candles, leave a comment!