Before the invention of electric lights, homemade candles provided light for the evening hours. Candles were made of tallow rather than wax. They did not burn as clean as today’s candles, but were still better than the other lighting alternatives. Today, you can use soy candle making supplies to enjoy a hobby or to create beautiful and useful gifts for friends and family.
Soy wax is the major component of candles. It is economical and has a burn life that is longer that other candle waxes. Soy wax doesn’t smoke and doesn’t sputter and spit. Soy wax comes from the soybean, so it is environmentally friendly. A combination of soy wax and beeswax makes an even better product for the chandler who produces candles as a hobby.
The wick is the part of the candle that holds the flame. Environmentally friendly candle wicks are available in 100 percent cotton and in cotton with a core of hemp. These wicks are firm, so that they will stand up. The wicks with a core of cotton reduces the amount of carbon. A hot flame leaves very little ash or carbon residue. Some candles don’t use a wick at all.
Color pigment can be added to the candle during the melted wax stage. The dyes can also be used during the dipping process. Choosing the amount of dye helps you to regulate the intensity of the color. Liquid dye and color blacks or buttons can be melted and mixed with the hot wax. Pigments are available in gels, liquids and solid wax. Larger amounts of pigment can be melted and used when you create dipped candles or layered candles for sculpting.
If you want your candles to release wonderful scents into the room, add them to the liquid wax. Use can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to the candle. Floral, musk and spicy scents are popular choices to freshen up a room as the candle warms.
Some chandlers prefer to use jars for holding the candles. These jars can be purchased online. Other candle makers like to use household containers of various types. It’s better to gain a little experience with making candles at home before you get too adventuresome with large candles. The candle jars that are available online come in attractive gift sizes and shapes. They only require imagination in choosing colors and scents for your candles.
A chandler with experience may enjoy creating imaginative candles in various shapes using unusual molds. Candle molds are available as flowers, animals, and whimsical creatures. You can use rectangular molds to create a base for a large sculpted candle. You are only limited by your imagination.
By choosing soy candle making supplies, you will not only have a clean and long-burning candle, but it will last much longer than a candle of equivalent size, but made of paraffin or beeswax. Imagination in mixing shapes, sizes, colors and scents make the variety of candle possibilities almost endless. You can make unusual gifts for all of your friends and never run out of ideas.