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Candle Making Staples: The Candlemaker’s Cheat Sheet

Candle Making Staples: The Candlemaker’s Cheat Sheet

Ready to imbue the room with your chosen therapeutic vibe of the day? Throughout time, candles have always been loved because they're flexible, simple, and multifunctional. At the light of a match, these objects add an immediate change to a room's atmosphere, whatever the season.

Whether you're a first-time hobbyist or a seasoned pro that wants to review the basics, this list will help make sure you've got all the necessary supplies for candle-making to craft these easy-to-make home must-haves.

 

The Complete List of Supplies for Candle-Making

 

Lovely candles are expensive. Making your candles is a fun and relaxing activity that will save you a lot of money in the long run. It does require you to invest initially, but the benefits along the way are worth it.

You'll have no trouble finding supplies for candle-making since they're sold in stores and on popular e-marketplaces. Add these to your next trip to the store or order them online for convenience.

 

Kit Essentials

Wax

It forms 98% of the candle's body, depending on whether you'd want to add more objects for art. There are different kinds of wax for candle-making. The cheapest and most commonly found wax is paraffin. However, it's also the most toxic, sending harmful gases into the air as it melts. Other popular options are soy wax, palm wax, and coconut wax that are more sustainable.

 

Candle Wicks

It's usually made of cotton, braided, and placed in the middle of the candle. The wick is the part that's lit and holds the flame. It also keeps the candle burning until the fire's put out. You can also create your wicks from other materials, such as newspapers or scraps of a shirt, but affordable ones are available.

Opt for high-end brands when you have a better understanding of how their materials interact with different kinds of wax and affect the candle's overall quality. When you purchase wicks, they usually come with their glass or metal base. It keeps the wick standing in the middle of the wax throughout the candle-making process. If you're new to this, stick to the wicks that come in your candle-making kit like Hearts & Crafts’ candle making kits.

 

Tools/Equipment

Wax Pouring Pot/Pitcher

This is where you melt the wax chips. Its light and thin build allow you to weigh the wax while inside the container. The body is made of aluminum that will enable it to conduct heat well without damaging it. There should also be a small spout opposite the handle for pouring the wax. They usually come in a size that can accommodate a few pounds of wax.

 

Candle and Soap Scale

It's easy to go for the food scales you already have at home, but those aren't as accurate. Investing in a scale meant for candle and soap-making will be worth it to get those precise measurements. It's not necessarily expensive as affordable ones give you several functions you'd most likely need.

Remember to choose one with the TARE feature so your scale will measure the candle wax only and not the container. To do this, weigh the empty wax pouring pitcher first then press the TARE button. It automatically resets the scale to zero. Your scale will automatically disregard the weight of the container when you place it on the scale again with wax inside.

 

Wick Bar/Centering Device

It holds your wick in the center while the wax cools and solidifies. Some wick bars have slots that keep it to the side or hold more than one wick in place, depending on your design. At Hearts & Crafts, we have metal and wooden tabs that are bundled in our wax kits.

If you don't want to shell out for a wick bar, an alternative would be to use chopsticks or pencils, which you can get for free with your order of takeout from most local Asian restaurants. They're more of a hassle, but you get them without spending an extra penny.

Glue Dots

 

Yes, they're dedicated adhesive supplies for candle-making. In some cases, the bottom part of the wick with its metal base would move off-center. The circular sticky pieces keep them in place.

Stick them to the bottom of the glass or metal base of your wick before you place them in the mold. It's incredibly helpful to use a mason jar or some other container to keep the candle in.

When buying them at a store or searching online, always specify you're looking for candle-making glue dots, so your order isn't confused for a different adhesive. Now you don't have to use messy glue guns.

 

Double Boiler

This kitchen equipment is used for ingredients that are too delicate to be heated directly. It's two pots stacked, one on top of the other—place water in the bottom. Once you heat the bottom one, the steam from the water will heat the second.

A great alternative would be to get two pots with one smaller than the other. Place the smaller pot inside the big one then, voila! You have a double boiler.

 

Thermometer

 

Getting the temperature right is crucial for making candles. Each step relies on a specific temperature for execution before you can move forward. It's also important not to overheat the wax for best quality candles.

While other thermometers work, a specialized one is best so you can leave it in the wax as it melts without worrying about damaging the thermometer. It should also be long enough to stick out of the container so you can read the temperature without the risk of burning your hand.

 

Wooden Spoon

 

A spoon is handy when checking on the solidity of the wax chips left to estimate how long it'll take before melting and mixing ingredients, like dye and oils. Make sure it has a long handle to stick out of the pot. You'd want one spoon to be dedicated to candle-making only. Store it in a place where it won't get mixed with other kitchen utensils and be used for food.

 

Candle Molds

 

Mason jars look great, but with a candle inside, they look just as pretty, especially when you become more comfortable and start to add more design. Pillar candles are lovely on their own. Molds will hold the liquid wax until it cools, and you'll be able to easily slip the candle out once it has taken form and fully solidified. Some molds allow the candles to take different shapes.

 

Extras/Add-ins

When you're feeling a little "extra" and want to take your candles to the next level, these are go-to supplies for candle-making.

 

Candle Dye

Add a little color to your candles! If you thought candles change a room on their own, wait until you play with color. Dye chips are economical and melt quickly in your wax, but take note of the right temperature to add the dye. Get a set of 20 vibrant dye chips when you head over to our store.

 

Mason Jars

 

If you have a jar lying around the house, peel off the label and clean it up. Then you've got an instant elegant decor for your home. Add your label like a quote, a mood, or the name of the scent if your candle has one.

 

Oils (Fragrance or Essential)

 

Don't you love walking into a room that smells nice? Scents are a nice touch to the home. Candle-making with essential oils is very therapeutic and fulfilling to the end. Essential oils are eco-friendly and offer health benefits, compared to fragrance oils, but they're a lot more expensive. For economic purposes and a more pungent smell, choose fragrance oils.

 

Glitter

 

Glam up your space without spending a ton on expensive furniture or decorations. Include glitter when making your candles. Be sure to use a kind that's explicitly fine to use in candles.

 

Finally...

When you're new to the art, focus on the basics. It won't take long for you to be confident in working with other materials. You'll be surprised to see your list of supplies for candle-making expand as you explore more creative ideas. Unleash your inner artist!

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What Makes Soy Wax Special?

What Makes Soy Wax Special?

After a long day or a stressful week, lighting a scented candle or two and letting the aroma fill a room is the quickest way for them to relax. However, not all scented candles are made the same. Using scented candles to relax and unwind or for aromatherapy purposes is an important and necessary activity for many. However, it is always good to make more responsible and eco-friendly choices with what you buy and use.

A good quality scented candle has great longevity, in terms of burning and scent throw. Additionally, it’s great when you choose scented candles that are made with renewable and natural ingredients. Whatever your reasons for wanting quality scented candles may be, soy candles are always a popular choice. 

Derived from soybeans, soy wax is a sustainably sourced option over paraffin wax, which is made from petroleum. Also, have you ever noticed how much soot paraffin candles produce? Soot can get messy and is never fun to clean up from the jar of the candle or from your drapes and wall. Additionally, soot from paraffin wax exposes you to carcinogens and other air pollutants. 

Meanwhile, soy candles produce little soot and make cleaning up the jelly jar less of a hassle. Soy candles are also cleaner burning, so you can enjoy better air quality in your work or living space.  

With soy candles, you can also enjoy richer aromas for a longer period of time. Soy wax, like many natural waxes, holds fragrances better  for enhanced scent throws. Moreover, soy candles burn longer and more evenly. While you may need to spend a bit more for a soy candle over a paraffin candle, the latter can be used for much longer. 

When your soy candles can no longer be used, you don’t need to worry about throwing the leftover wax away. Soy wax is biodegradable and won’t harm the environment after you dispose of your soy candles. Additionally, soy wax will not leave behind synthetic pollutants as it decomposes. 

With soy candles, you can enjoy fragrances that linger longer, the natural way. Your body and the environment will thank you for it! After all, when it comes to deciding on what scented candles to buy, considering quality over price point is better. Candles with soy wax in this case, are definitely an investment worth making.

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4 Crafty Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Candle Centerpiece

4 Crafty Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Candle Centerpiece

What does a thanksgiving table look like to you? The image has evolved over the years from one filled with food in the middle to have too much food that needs a separate table. Apart from people's plates on the edges, this leaves the dining table empty and an excellent opportunity to decorate and get crafty! 

Whether you've successfully maintained a Thanksgiving table like the original or not, eating witthe soft, warm light of candles adds such homey vibthat's always welcome this time of year. Greet your guests with that aura as you settle down tyour delicious meal with your beautifuthanksgiving candle centerpiece. 

 

Candles in a Log

What you need:

  • A small log or a thick branch 
  • A few tealight candles 
  • A drill and a chisel 
  • Some leaves 
  • A few pumpkins 
  • A few pinecones 
  • A few squashes 

Instructions: 

This is one of those perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas when you have people overHollow out a few holes, just enough for each to fit a tealight candle plus an extra inch or two for the lit wick, with the drill and chisel. Make sure they're evenly spaced apart, and place a candle inside each. 

You can include a candleholder or cover the wood's sides with flame retardant varnish to protect it from burning. Place the log on a long plate or put it on the table and surround it with items from nature that remind you of the season. 

 

Pumpkin Candleholders

What you need: 

  • A pumpkin big enough to hold your desired candle 
  • A clear glass candle holder 
  • Pumpkin carving tools or a serrated knife and a large spoon 

Instructions: 

Place your candle first inside the glass candleholder. This prevents the fire from touching the pumpkin and causing any accidents.  Cut the top of the pumpkin off to create an opening that would snugly hold the candle inside. Clean out enough room for a third of the candle with the large spoon or scraper. Put the candle in, and you've got yourself a pumpkin candleholder! 

 

Pinecone Candleholders

What you need: 

  • A candle 
  • glass candle holder 
  • glass bowl 
  • Pinecones 

Instructions: 

To start making this easy, but just as eye-catching, set the candle in the glass candle holder and then position it in the middle of the bowl. Then surround it with pinecones and you're done! Easy wasn't it? It's a great Thanksgiving candle centerpiece that you can also use for an end table, and simple enough to leave the kids to it. 

You can also add other items, like autumn leaves or Christmas ballsFeeling a little extra? Turn it into a quick project! Paint the candle's top edge with a single metallic-colored stripe to add a pop of color and sheen. 

 

Naturally Cinnamon or Citrus Scented Candles

What you need:  

  • Your candle making supplies and equipment 
  • For a citrusy scent 
  • Any citrusy fruit like limes or oranges 
  • A citrus-scented essential oil 
  • A serrated knife and a metal spoon 

For a cinnamon scent

  • A teaspoon of ground cinnamon for every 4 ounces of candle wax 
  • clear jar or glass candle holder 

Instructions: 

Update your scent library with these Thanksgiving candle scentsIf you prefer a citrus-scent, get your fruit, and cut it in half, according to the size you want your candles to be. The larger the fruit, the thicker the peel, and the better it'll hold the wax. Scoop out any of the fruit inside from the half that you'll use as your candle holder, leaving only the peel When making the candle, mix the citrus essential oil into the melted wax. Then pour the wax into the peel when it hits the right temperature. 

For a cinnamon scent, make the candle as you would but instead of oils, add ground cinnamon. Remember to maintain the ratio. Pour it into a glass candle holder, and you'll see cinnamon also makes a lovely brown pattern on the lower portion of the wax. 

 

Final Thoughts 

Candles are such an elegant and subtle way to decorate a home that it's easy to go overboard and forget they can cause severe damage when left unattended. Remember to only light candles when you're at home and promptly turn out the flame when not in use. Also, stick to only two scents at most at a time to avoid overwhelming your home.  

The holidays are a fun time to experiment with your décor, especially with candles. Use these thanksgiving candle centerpiece ideas as a launchpad for your own. Plus, you have every reason to invite friends and family over so you don't have to be the only one to enjoy your pieces of art. Take the chance. 'Tis the season to get creative candlemakers! 

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