Do the beautiful candles you see in the market excite you and make you ponder how to make candles? The various perfumed and customized candles available in the market are a visual treat to the eyes. Making candles is a rewarding experience with things available beside you. They are indispensable in festivals and various other occasions. Following some basic steps, you can make your own wonderful candles.
Materials for making Candles
Some of the ingredients you need for candle making are
- Paraffin Wax
- Perfume or fragrance oil
- Color and
The basic and oldest item in the art of candle making comprises paraffin and beeswax. The newest addition to this art of candle making is soy. After selecting your preferred color and fragrance you can start making your own candles.
Apparatus and accessories needed
Take a heat source like a stove for melting the wax. Put the wax in a coffee pot to melt or in a double boiler if available. Keep a container ready to hold the melted wax. You also need a thermometer to check on the heat and a spatula to break up large chunks of wax.
Prepare Work Area and Melting Wax
Dealing with wax is a messy affair thus keeping paper towels and newspaper around comes handy. Put adequate water below the double boiler to melt the wax slowly. Maintain a temperature of 160 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit and occasionally stir the mixture. Use a thermometer to keep checks on the temperature.
Cooling and pouring wax
Cool the wax before pouring it into the container. The optimal temperature to pour the liquid into the desired container is 130 to 140 degrees. Therefore once it is completely cooled keep a light hold onto the wick so that it stays at the center. Then give enough time to harden the wax mixture. And once the wax hardens and forms a sinkhole cool it for a few hours and let it set completely.
Lighting the candle
After trimming the wick to the desired length, the candle making process comes to an end. The joy that lighting your first candle gives you and the people around you is completely inexplicable. Be it the perfumed candles, the colored candles or the fancy ones, the basic idea is to light your own and brighten the world around you. Set the ambiance rolling.