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Candle Making Essay

1278 words - 6 pages

Essential items that you will need to make candles in a safe manner

The first thing you will need is something to melt your wax in. Some people believe you should only use the double boiler method to melt wax. The double boiler method is the safest way to melt wax but it is also the slowest. There are a few ways to melt your wax for making candles, and we'll discuss those so you can decide which way is best for you.

One thing I will warn you is to never melt wax on your stove unless you are using the double boiler method. Never melt wax on or in anything that does not have some form of temperature control because wax does have a flash point and will burst into flames without warning ...view middle of the document...

You can even start out using an old, clean coffee can to pour your candles.

Next, you will need an accurate and reliable scale for weighing your wax to put in your melter. A scale that weighs up to 10 LBS should be sufficient. You can usually find one at Walmart or at any office supply store. When we weigh our wax we break it up with a hammer and put the chunks the digital scale until we reach the amount we are going to melt.

The Presto "Kitchen Kettle" we talked about earlier will hold about 8 LBS of wax. You can melt any amount up to that. Even though it will hold 8 LBS of wax, I don't recommend that you start off ever melting more than 5-6 LBS at a time while you're learning how to make candles, because when you try to stir it can slosh out of the pot and cause a big mess.

So far you will need the following items to begin your candle making:

1. Melting Pot
2. Thermometer
3. Pour Pot
4. Scale to weigh your wax
5. Hammer to break up wax

Candle Making Supplies
Now we will cover the actual Candle Making supplies you will need.

You will need wax. If you want to make quality, fragrant candles not just any wax will do. We recommend one of our blended candle waxes that are manufactured exclusively for making candles. Our candle wax page offers only premium candle wax that was formulated to make creamy, rich looking candles every time when used properly. There are many types of waxes available, you can read more about all of the various candle making waxes on our web site in greater detail, including our NatureWax™ pure soy wax.

You will need wax coloring or dye. You are probably wondering if a crayon would work to color your wax. The short answer is yes, but the pigments used to make crayons will clog your wick and prevent your candle from burning properly. We recommend a dye that was formulated for candle wax. Our professional candle wax dyes come in a 1 oz drip bottle and they are very concentrated. A 1 oz bottle will last you a long time. They are convenient and easy to use whether you're a pro candle maker or just learning how to make candles.

Next, you will need some wicks. To save you time and money we offer pretabbed and prewaxed wicks. Wicking is a very instrumental part of candle making. Too big of a wick or too small of a wick is not good. We always recommend...

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