Popular Candle Making Supplies

Candle Making Supplies, Popular Candle Making EquipmentThe pillar candle is a popular candle, one which is classic candle making, but it requires specific candle making supplies.

Metal molds allow you to create the best candles. The supplies that you require is really contingent upon the type of candle you are making, but the core items remain much the same. The real difference lies in the mold or tin in which the candle is placed.

When you’re making soy candles you will need your candle dye block in whatever color you want, a candle making thermometer, a candle mold sealer, a candlewax block, a candlewick that is bleached and whitened, a chisel, chopsticks, a cutting board, a digital kitchen scale, a double boiler, and if you are going to place your candle in a container, a container in which to hold it.

If you’re going to make a pillar candle you need a pillar mold and pillar mold cleaner but if you want to make tea light candles you can rely on smaller molds. Once you make a candle with the pillar mold you will have remaining wax leftover you want to make sure that you remove that before you start any new project. You also need masking tape for a cute trick you will find out later. Premium wax for pillars is the ideal wax to use and you want to cut it with a chisel and a hammer using a cutting board. You also want to use large square braid wicking and mold sealer. To tie up the wick you want to use a pencil and you want to cut the wick with scissors. Using a kitchen scale you can weigh out the wax and you want to use a double boiler in which to melt the wax. There are melting pots designed for wax which you rest inside of a pot of boiling water. A chopstick can be used to stir it while you are cooking and a candle thermometer is ideally suited to take the measurements of the wax temperature throughout the process.

Different colors and different scents will go into the wax at different temperatures which is why you need to have a candle thermometer. In order to die the candle you want to use whatever color candlewax you want with a potato peeler. In order to scent it you want to choose whatever liquid candle scent you prefer which can be measured using tablespoons or teaspoons. Of course for safety you want a skewer for a trick you will learn later, some paper towels for cleanup, and oven mitts for protection of your hands.

Before you make a pillar mold is best that you put masking tape around the top edge. The mold is very sharp and having masking tape around the top will make it a bit safer and easier to reach in. Little rectangular shape the masking tape can be cut and placed over the perimeter. Avoid going to deep inside of the candle mold because the wax will be placed there.

You want to start feeding it through the bottom of the mold because it is quite difficult to get your hand down into the large mold especially if it’s quite tall. You want to feed it through the bottom until you have enough at the top to tie over a pencil. Once that is done you want to trim the bottom side of the wick to about 1 inch above the hole. Do not let it fall through the hole at this point. You want to coil the wick and take a mold sealer. This compound is much like clay. You want to roll it into a ball and then squeeze it out into a flat circle which you place over the coiled remaining wick. This helps to cover the hole and avoid the problem of wax falling out of that hole. You don’t want any wick sticking out of this coil or the wax will escape. You want to flatten the ball of mold sealer down on top of the coiled wick. Hold on to the wick from the opposite end before you turn over your wax mold. You want to avoid pouring your wax into the mold with the wick simply on its own because the wick will fall over. This is why you need a pencil. Having a pencil you can place it over the middle of your candle mold and tie the wax around it. You want to leave the end a bit long so that it hangs over the perimeter of the mold.

With that said, and with the right candle making supplies, you can enjoy a simple and fast candle making process at home.

Basic Learning To Make Scented Soy Candles

Learn to Make Scented Soy Candle, Candle Making EquipmentKnowing how to make scented soy candles allows you to craft wedding gifts or gifts for friends. The first thing you need is wax.  Soy wax is all natural and burns clean. It is also fast to melt this type of wax in the microwave as opposed to a double boiler. You can find this type of wax in large containers of candle making supplies, many of them inclusive of useful information such as how many wax chips per wick, etc.

The Tools to make scented soy candles:

You want to start with a chopstick and measure the temperature of the wax with a candle thermometer. Melt it in a heat safe container, one with a pouring spout. A three inch travel tin, or any size tin or container, will suffice to hold your finished product. You need to know the size before you start so that you can cut off the appropriate amount of wax to melt. You can refer to the container on your wax for the appropriate amount. Then you want to weigh the wax on a kitchen scale.

To scent the candle, you can use any scent you want. Eucalyptus is a wonderful scent to use on your first attempt because it is a calm and relaxing scent. It is best to find scented oils for such a project and to measure the number of drops based on the size of your candle. For color, you can select a dye block which you cut with a potato peeler on index cards. Green is a great color to accompany eucalyptus.

The Measurements:

Many people misunderstand the process of measuring the amount of wax you want to melt. You might believe that you need only fill your selected container with wax chips and then melt it, but there is a great deal of air in the wax chips which is what makes it imperative to measure the weight of your selected tin before you measure the coinciding weight of the wax.

You should measure the amount of wax without the weight of the dish or tin, and add a bit extra to cover accidents or spills.

At this point you want to begin adding the wax into your oven safe container until you reach the weight you desire. It is always best to have too much wax compared to having too little. You never want to go through all of the effort only to have a stump of a candle in the end.

The Wick:

Now it is time to prepare the wick. You want to start out by washing and drying your tin after which you should use a pre-waxed wick of a large size. The pre-waxed wick is something you want to use in conjunction with soy wax. Many of these packages will indicate the instructions listed on the back of the wax container. In order to determine the size of the wick you want to measure the diameter of the container in question. It is at this point you want to refer back to the packaging of the soy wax.

The wick will have a tab at the bottom which can be stuck to the bottom of the container in question with a wick keeper which is a foam double stick dot used to hold it in place. You want to peel off one side and stick it to the bottom of your container and then center the wick in the bottom of your container.

The Melting Process:

After this point you want to melt your wax and add the color to make scented soy candles. Pay particular attention to what the instructions on the bottom of your wax package state for the ideal temperature. Ideally the wax will be between 160° and 180°. The way you want to melt wax is to place the container into the microwave for 30 seconds at a time. It will take an average of three minutes but each time you take it out at 30 second intervals so you can test the temperature to see how high it is. You also want to stir it regularly so that all of the pieces are dissolved equally.

This type of wax is almost a white color when it is cool so the color you receive after mixing your wax coloring will not be the exact color produced when the candle is hardened. It will always be a bit more pastel than that. In order for you to gauge the color that you will receive as an end result you can always take out a tiny drop of the still melted wax and place it on an index card. The index card will show you the color you will receive once the wax hardens. After this point you want to add the scent. If you refer to the packaging details once again on the package it will indicate to you the exact temperature that the wax should be prior to adding the scent. In many cases you have to allow the wax to cool down ever so slightly before adding this. But overall, these are the steps you need to know how to make scented soy candles.