How to make candles

If you are interested in making candles then you have come to the right place. As you may well be aware, candles can cost a pretty penny. Making your own candles is a fun hobby that can save you money. I personally prefer candle light. For me it’s more soothing and easier on my eyes than sitting under a bright light bulb.

The first step in making candles is to first make your mold. For this you can use almost any small container that happens to by lying around your house. You can try cutting the top off of a beer can or cardboard milk carton. All you really need is something can hold hot wax without melting.

Once you get your container you will want to poke a small hole in the bottom. The hole needs to be large enough to get your wick through it. But be careful not to make the hole too big. It is always easier to make the hole bigger than it is to make the hole smaller. The size of the wick depends on the diameter of your candle. The larger the candle is, the larger the wick needs to be. You can easily find inexpensive candle wicks online. You will want your candle wick to be about 3 to 4 inches longer than your mold.

You will then want to feed your wick through the hole in the bottom of your mold. Once this has been done, you will then need a small piece of cloth with a small hole through the middle. You will also need a small metal washer. You will then feed an inch or so of your wick through the small piece of cloth and then the metal washer.

Once this has been accomplished, you will then want to turn you mold over so that the end with the large opening is facing up.  Then tie the end of the wick that is sticking out to a small stick that will rest on top of your mold. This will insure that the wick remains in the middle of your candle.

The next step is melting the wax. For this you will need a small metal container and a pot of water. Heat the hot water on your stove with the metal container that is holding your wax. You don’t want to simply melt the wax in a pot, since it may cause the wax to burn.

Once your wax has melted you are ready to pour it into your mold. You will obviously want to be careful not to get any of the hot wax on your hands. Once your mold has been filled,  let it sit and cool overnight. You may find it somewhat difficult to get your candle out of the mold. In this case the last thing you want to do is to pull on the wick. A better solution is to just gently warm your mold to soften the wax. Or you can just rip the mold away from the candle.

 

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