Nothing adds a touch of magic to a space like the warm light of a candle’s glow. Indoors or outdoors, any time of year, candles make wonderful accents that lift the spirit and soothe the soul. Best of all, candle making is a simple craft that anyone can learn. Whether you’re looking for a personalised gift or something to brighten up your own home, why not try making a candle?
Whether you want to make a free-standing pillar or taper candle using a mould or making a candle in a jar or cannister, it’s easy to get started. The first thing you’ll need to decide is what kind of wax you want to use. The most common choices are:
- Soy wax is made from soy beans and is clean and slow burning. Colours tend to be more muted, and it doesn’t release as much scent as other waxes. It works best for cannisters or jars.
- Beeswax is all natural. It’s clean and slow burning, but it can be hard to colour or scent, but it does have a pleasing natural aroma.
- Paraffin is made from petroleum. It melts quickly, and smokes more than natural waxes. However, it easily coloured and scented, and works very well for candles made in moulds.
Besides wax, you’ll need wicks and wick holders, a pour pitcher (glass or metal), a sauce pot or double boiler, a thermometer and wood stir sticks. Candle fragrance and dies are optional.
Moulds for candles can be found wherever candle supplies are sold. If you want to make container candles, just about any jar or tin will work—just make sure it’s properly cleaned before you begin! You can even pour candles in unusual containers such as tea cups, seashells and even citrus peels.
Once you master the basics of candle pouring, you can get really creative by adding items into the container or mould. Imagine a lavender-scented candle with actual lavender stems embedded. The decorative options are endless. Other decorative options include layering different colours of wax, or creating your own moulds out of every day objects, for any occasion.
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