Candle Making Instructions

Candle-Making-Instructions_picCandle making is a fun and creative way to relax, and a hobby that can be easily mastered with a little bit of patience. Here are some simple candle making instructions that will help you make the most of your time and creative juices.

Safety is the Most Important of
Your Candle Making Instructions

Wax must be heated to a high temperature, so the candle making process is inherently dangerous. Understanding the dangers that accompany the process can go a long way towards preventing accidents from happening.

It is advisable to wear long sleeves to protect against burns…no dangling sleeves, please. candle making instructions_smiley

Old clothes are ideal as the dyes and scents used in making candles can leave indelible stains.

Always have a fire extinguisher on-site and place a non-slip mat in front of the stove.

Spilled wax is slippery when it hardens, so wipe up any spills on the floor immediately.

Be extra careful if children are watching or helping out. Rule of thumb – don’t let kids near the stove unless the child’s waist is at least at stove top level.

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Now that we’ve touched on safety, the balance of these candle making instructions is designed to make the candling process efficient, smooth and fun.

There are three steps in the candle making process, so it may be a good idea to divide your working area into three sections. You need a preparation station, which may be a small area with a flat surface and some type of organizer where you can keep your supplies and tools.

The second stage is the melting area, which in a kitchen-cum-candle making factory will be the stove area. You will need a double boiler as direct heat tends to destroy a wax’s ability to hold its form.

A double boiler allows you to melt wax at high temperature without scorching. It needn’t be overly complicated. I use a large metal pot to boil the water & a large Pyrex measuring cup as my melting pot. Sit the Pyrex on a metal cookie cutter so the Pyrex doesn’t touch the bottom of the pot. Now you’re in business.

Wax can be bought in blocks, sheets or shavings. If you use blocks or sheets, you’ll need to use a hammer or knife to break the wax into small pieces for melting. You can save yourself the trouble and mess by purchasing bags of shaved wax.

Weigh your wax before adding it to the melting pot so you will know the correct amounts of dye and fragrance to add later on.

In this video, Matt Friedman shows you a few types of wax and examples of melting and pouring pots. He also introduces various other candle making supplies you will need.

After melting, you’ll need a cooling area with a flat surface…a table or kitchen counter will do just fine. The cooling surface must be able to withstand considerable heat without damage. Avoid cooling your candles in direct sunlight or close to a heater or heating duct. Make sure the cooling area will not be disturbed by children or pets so the wax has a chance to set properly. Minimum cooling time is 4 hours…I often let my candles cool overnight.

Your next step would be to have a look at candle making instructions for different candle types…for example, beeswax candle making.

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