Easy Candle Making Instructions for Beginners Review

Easy Candle Making Instructions for Beginners Review

Candles are very beautiful and delicate but sadly enough, they are consumable. If you are crazy for candles, you’d know that you have to replenish them once you’ve finished them off one by one. However, what if you could make your own candles? That would save you a lot of money and you can start a new hobby as well.

Candle making instructions don’t have to be complicated. If you browse through the pages of Candle Making 4 You™, you’ll realize that you can make candles and you can start with some of the equipment already lying around in your home. You can make awesome candles as long as you are eager to learn and practice until your candles are perfect.

What You Need to Know

There are different kinds of candles and each one may or may not need unique kind of wax and other candle making equipment. It’s best to start with learning to make one type of candle before moving to another kind so that you can build up your knowledge, expertise and equipment.

Some of the things that you would need when you make candles are the following:

  • Waxes and additives.
  • Candle containers.
  • Candle molds.
  • Candle wicks.
  • Fragrance oils.
  • Candle dyes.
  • Candle making equipment (pouring pots, wax heaters, thermometer).

Candle Making Instructions for Container Candles

Candle making instructions for different kinds of candles follow almost the same steps. For this example, container candles are used because they have several advantages.

  • They are candle and candle container all in one.
  • They don’t drip.
  • You can get away with using waxes of lower melting points that allow a better scent throw.
  • It’s a lot easier since you’d be pouring the wax directly into the container.

There are different types of waxes that you can use for container candles, even the general purpose paraffin wax. However, this is not the ideal wax to use. For this specific type of container candle, you can use the IGI-4786. This is a pre-blended container wax and does not require any additive which really makes the whole process a lot easier for you.

Step 1 – Melt the Wax

While melting the wax, it’s better to use a double boiler setup. The temperature that you should be aiming for is 170-175°F. When the wax is completely melted and you have any additive that needs to be added, this is the time to do so.

Additives should be added in the following order:

  • Additives such as stearic acid or vybar
  • Fragrance oil
  • Dye

The dye is added last so you can have a visual confirmation that all the other additives have been mixed thoroughly with the molten wax.

Step 2 – Add Wicks to Your Containers

If you have a pen, you can disassemble it and keep the barrel. Straighten your pre-tabbed wick out and insert it into the emptied pen barrel. This helps keep the wick straight.

While holding the barrel, apply hot glue to the base of the wick. A hot glue gun would work just fine.

Press the wick onto the bottom of the container while holding on the barrel of the wick for strength.

Once the bottom of the wick is secure, slide the barrel off the wick.

Step 3 – Secure the Top of the Wick

There are many ways to do this. You can use common household items such as pencil, clothespin or disposable wooden chopsticks.

With a pencil, simply hold the wick taut and roll the wick around.

With a chopstick, hold the wick taut and slide it in between the chopstick that has not been separated off.

Lastly, with a clothespin, you can insert the wick in between the leg of the clothespin and pinch the extra wick in between its teeth. Of course, this last method would only work for containers with small openings.

There’s also a candle wick holder. However, if you don’t have that yet, these would do.

Step 4 – Preheat Container

Preheating the container seems redundant since the wax would already be hot. This step may be skipped but the end result is better with a heated container. It allows you to pour the wax at a lower temperature without trapping any bubbles. It also improves the adhesion of the wax to the glass.

You can preheat your containers using a heat gun. You can also do it in an oven that is turned on at the lowest settings. Your containers should be at 150°F.

Step 5 – Initial Pour

Before you pour out your wax, make sure that it is at the proper temperature of 160°F. Fill your container up to the desired level. If the container has a lid, make sure that you fill it up to a point where it can still be closed with the lid on. There should be enough space between the wax, wick and lid.

Don’t pour all of the wax in the container. Save around 20% of the wax for the second pour. Simply put it aside and don’t put it back on the heat source.

Once poured, let the wax cool down completely. Leave it for around 6 hours or more. Do not accelerate this process. It is better to achieve cooling slowly to achieve the best results.

Step 6 – Pour Wax a Second Time

The second pouring is necessary because the wax from the first pool would have sunken a little in the middle.

Before pouring the leftover wax, make sure to heat it up back to 185°F. The hotter temperature would allow the second wax to adhere better to the first wax. Re-pour the second wax to a level that it barely covers the first wax. This would hide any seam lines.

Let the wax cool again.

Step 7 – Trim the Wick

A general rule to follow is trimming the wick ¼” long.

When you go through these steps for the first time, you might get a little overwhelmed. In order to help you, Candle Making 4 You™ makes the steps to create different kinds of candles easier. Don’t let your fear dictate you and just start the project. You never know, you might end up being a pro in the end.


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