The candle making molds are the very centerpiece of your candle making operation. These wildly varied devices contain the melted wax, which takes on the shape of the inside of the candle making mold. The mold holds it perfectly in place while the melted wax cools and congeals. Once hardened, you pop out the candle and you have exactly the shape, size, and look and feel that you wanted.
A carving knife, a thermometer, some gel wax, a zinc wick, wick tab, fragrance oils, color dyes, a metal spoon, a glass container or candle mold, and some newspapers. Ready to begin?
Would you be surprised to learn that candle making wax consists mostly of oil? Yes it’s true. Gel candles consist of 95% oil with 5% resin powder added to form a gel. Gel candles require different equipment and are slightly more difficult to make then the typical wax candles. The melting point of gel is very high usually being around 200 degrees F. However it varies depending on the density of the gel.
The next necessary supply you will need is wicks. There are many different types of wicks and as you progress, you will begin to favor one type of wick over another. There are pre-tabbed wicks and un-tabbed wicks. You may want to try each one to see which one works for you. There are also different thicknesses of wicks available and the size of the wick you will use will be determined by the size of the candle that you are making. You should read the label on the wick packet and it will tell you what size wick you should use. There are also different types of wicks for paraffin wax versus soy or all natural wax. All of these things factor into what type of wick you should use. Experiment with these to find which types works for you.
Procure a candle mould from a nearby craft store and dissolve some paraffin wax in a boiler or microwave. Then transfer it into the candle mold and place a wick in the molten wax. Two pencils can be used horizontally across the candle mold’s top to ensure that the wick remains in its place. After the candle has been cooled overnight, it can be removed from the mold. With these simple Candle making workshop instructions, you can make candles, which look so much similar to the ones obtained in shops.
Beeswax is another popular candle making wax. It is usually white or yellow and already has its own natural sweet smelling scent. It is more expensive then other candle waxes.
I had enjoyed the learning process of working with candle wax. If I messed up a particular piece, I simply melted the wax back down and started over. I began working with a kit I had found at my local hobby and crafts store, but the more I learned the more I found that I enjoyed the pieces I created on my own, with my own molds and containers.
Now put the lid on the container and put it to the side for five minutes. As you are waiting use the notepad to document all of the different candle making scents that you just used so that you do not forget. When the five minutes are up then remove the lid from the jar and take a whiff. How does it smell? Is one scent more powerful than the others? Is one scent drowned out? Take notes and continue working and you should have you own original candle making scents in no time!