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How to make handmade candles in your own home

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11 January 2011




How to make handmade candles in your own home

Thanks to Crafty Candles for this image.

Working with wax as a hobby can be fun and profitable, as they can make beautiful, yet inexpensive gifts at anytime of year. Candle making is not difficult for a beginner to learn as it only requires little creativity and some spare time. No great skill is required either as one of the great things with this craft is that you can always re-melt the wax down and start over again.

Making handmade candles can be fun and, when you have developed the skill a little, you can make some spare cash. Always handy! This is undoubtedly one of the best hobbies for making some spare cash as it already has that magic marketing ingredient - IT'S A CONSUMABLE!

MyOwnCreation has carried out some research on search terms that people use to find the website (http://www.myowncreation.co.uk) using our stats engine and we find that handmade candles and candles always feature highly. It may appear odd then that only a handful of crafters actually submit their work for display. We would encourage any candlemaker to take advantage of this trend and list some of there work. Don't forget that handmade candles and wax products (and soap for that matter) are not seasonal and can be used as a gift at any time of year.

Learn how to make scented candles at home, with the instructions given below.

How To Make Scented Candles At Home

Materials Required
Any Form of Wax
Candle Color (Crayons do not burn well)
Bowls to Give Your Candles Cold Water Baths
Candle/Candy/Meat Thermometer
Kitchen Stove for Heating
Large Coffee Can to Melt the Wax in
Plain Paraffin Wax
Pot that can accommodate the Coffee Can when it is half full of Water
Pure Fragrance Oil or Concentrated Scents (without Water or Alcohol Base)
Wick of Right Size (1/2" wick for 1/2" candle, 1" wick for 1" candle and so on)
Wooden Spoon for Stirring

Method
Cut wax into small pieces so that it melts quickly.
Heat the water on medium temperature until it comes to a gentle boil.
Place the wax in the coffee can and place it into the water. Never place wax directly on heat source or it will catch fire.
Keep stirring the wax until it reaches 160 F and melts completely. Use the thermometer for correct temperature.
Turn down the heat to keep water warm and wax melted.
Add the color to the candles, little by little, until you get the desired shade.
Wax color lightens up a little after wax cools down so you may check by letting a spoonful of wax cool to see the correct shade.
Add fragrance oil or scent until you get the desired strength of smell. However, more oil may mean difficulty in burning the candles alter.
Keep stirring and keep the wax melted at the temperature of 160 F until everything is well blended.
You can make two candles at once. Take wick that is double the length of the candle that you want plus three inches to hold.
Fold the wick in the center by doubling it over your finger and start dipping it in the melted wax.
Dip the wick in wax for a few seconds and then let it cool for a minute and repeat the dipping.
Do not let wet candles touch each other.
After a few layers, you may speed up the cooling process by dipping the candle in wax and then in cool water bowl.
When the candles, reach the desired thickness, roll them on smooth surface to remove the lumps.
Heat up the wax to the temperature of 182 F and dip the candles once more for a few seconds and let them cool.
Trim the bottom of the candle with a sharp knife to give it a straight edge
Hang up the candles to dry from the wick.
When the candles are completely dry, cut the wick in between them to separate the candles.
Kids require adult supervision to try this one out.


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