Candles- It is Easy to Make Your Own
by Majorie Slaney
Most people, especially women have a special affinity for candles.
The candle-lit dinner, the relaxing bath by candlelight, even
the candles on the kids birthday cake are but a few of
the ways we enjoy candles. Candles can set the mood for almost
any occasion, even if the occasion is simply to forget the day
If youve purchased very many candles, youve learned
the cheapest candles are not necessarily the best, nor are the
most expensive candles the best. The problem often comes between
the candle color and fragrance. You may love the color, and
hate the fragrance, or you may hate the color and love the fragrance
of the candles. The best solution for these problems with candles
is to make your own.
Making Hand Dipped Candles is not as hard as you may first imagine.
With just a few materials, a bit of time, a little creativity,
youll have perfect candles to enjoy.
You will need: paraffin wax, a double boiler, wooden spoon,
candy thermometer, coloring, scents, wicks, and a stove. The
size of the wick you purchases is important to the size of the
candle you want. The size of wicks increases in ½ inch
increments. A good rule of thumb is to buy the size of wick
that you want your candle to be. A ½" wick is suitable
for a candles that will be ½" in thickness. A 1"
wick is suitable for candles that will be 1" in thickness.
The materials for making candles can be found in most craft
Making Hand Dipped Candles 1.Cut or break your wax into small
pieces. 2.Bring the water to a gentle boil. Place the wax in
the double boiler. 3.Stir the wax until it reaches a temperature
of 160 F (Test the temperature with a thermometer that is placed
in the center of the melted wax). 4.Add small amounts of your
color until you have reached the desired shade. The shade will
be a bit lighter when it cools. You can test your candles for
color by allowing a spoonful to dry on a plate. 5.If you want
scented candles add the scent. Make sure the wax stays melted.
Check to make sure the temperature of the wax is staying at
160F. 6.Next, cut the wick to the desired length of candles
plus a little extra to hold as you make the candles. Example:
If you want two 6 inch candles, cut about 15 inches of wick.
You will be making two at the same time. Double the wickover
your finger. 7.Dip the wick in the wax for a few seconds then
lift out. Allow the wax to cool between dippings. At first,
this may be a little tricky as the wick floats on top of the
wax until it becomes more weighted. Be careful to make sure
the wet candles are kept seperate from each other. 8.Continue
on with the repeated dipping and cooling. Repeat this until
the candles have reached the thickness that you desire. 9.Gradually
increase the temperature until it reaches around 180 F and then
dip the pair into the wax for one final time. Now gently lift
them out and let them cool completely. Once the candles have
cooled, use a sharp knife to trim the bottom to create a straight
bottom for your candles. 10. Cut the wick. Your candles are
complete and ready for use.
About the Author
Marjorie Slaney is the owner of Find Candles, Inc. which is
a premier source of information about Candles. For more information,
go to: http://findcandles.com