The right materials are essential to learning how to make candles. Here is a list of essential supplies to make your candles.
A Comprehensive Guide
- Candle Wax
This material is crucial in candle making because it keeps the wick lighted. It should be stable under normal conditions and melt easily at higher temperatures. Your candle wax must be water-resistant with no toxicity, and it should also have low reactivity.
You have many options when it comes to candle wax:
Beeswax As the name implies, this type is made from honeybees. Due to honey production, it has a naturally sweet aroma. It melts more quickly than other candle oils and burns cleanly, leaving no residue. If you’re new to candle-making, this wax might be difficult for you.
Paraffin wax: This wax is the most affordable and commonly used. You can add scent or color to it but you will most likely see black soot around its container and the wick.
Soy Wax: Made of soybean oil, this particular wax has many melting points and blends. It does not burn as fast as paraffin wax. You will also need more dye to achieve your desired colors.
Clear gel wax: This is a way to make translucent candles. It is made of mineral oil, polymer resin, and a mixture of the two. You should keep in mind that this type of wax is not stable enough to be used on its own, so it is best to store it in containers.
- Candle Wicks
This is a thin strip of material that holds the flame of your candles. It is just as important to your candles as your wax. Without it, they won’t light. Burning your wick will cause it to start to burn and the wax to begin to melt.
Properly burning a candle requires a wick that is the right size or thickness. Too small wicks won’t melt the wax, while too large ones will create a lot of smoke.
- Wick Holder
The wick must remain in place as you pour the candle wax into the mold. Make sure that the wick is not slipping into your wax by using a holder.
- Candle Molds
A candle moulds is an important supply for candlemaking. It’s possible to make unique and beautiful shapes for candle making.
It is typically made from three different types of material: silicone, metal, and plastic. Although silicone and plastic can be used to make different shapes, a metal mold is the best.
- Wicking Needle
A wicking thread will eliminate the stress and hassle of threading your wick into your candle mold. This material is great for threading thick candle wicks through small holes.
- Melting Pot
It is best to melt the wax on the stove. A melting pot is the best way to melt your candle wax.
You need to monitor your candle wax closely when making candles. To monitor the temperature, either an infrared or candle thermometer can be used.
- Candle Dye
This item is intended to bring color to your candles. But, make sure that it is compatible with your candle wax. Keep in mind that certain wax types such as soy may require more coloring.
- Fragrance Or Essential Oils
Pleasant aromas are a wonderful addition to any candle. You can make your candles smell nice by adding one ounce to each pound of candle oil.
- Candle Jars
Modern jars can replace free-standing candles. These jars can hold any candle wax and are an ideal alternative to traditional designs.