Posted by Joe P. on 6/2/2013
This particular article will be offering step-by-step instructions on how to make candles at home. Making candles requires a few basic tools and ingredients, including candle wax, a cotton wick, SuperGlue, a saucepan, and a heat-proof container, as well as a bottle of candle-friendly dye to add a bit of color to the finished candle. It's possible to include fragrance oils so that the candle diffuses the scent into the air, however scent as well as any dyes or other additions are strictly optional.
There are many different types of wax used in candles today. One of the more common and popular types of wax today is soy wax. Soy wax candles last longer than candles made from paraffin, and soy wax is easier to clean up compared to paraffin or bee's wax.
The first step to making a soy wax candle involves gluing the wick to the inside of container. A votive holder or mason jar works well for these projects, as they can withstand having hot liquids poured into them. Once the glue holding the wick in place is dry, then it's time to move on to the next step. The next step is melting the soy wax. Soy wax is available in blocks or flakes, but the flakes are easier to handle. The soy wax should be placed in the saucepan and heated until the wax has melted completely. Candle wax dye can be added at this stage, along with any fragrance oils, provided the wax's temperature doesn't exceed 130 degrees. The last step is pouring the melted wax into its container and adjusting the wick so that it's sitting at the center of the candle. Once the candle has dried for 24 hours, all that remains is to trim the wick and light the finished candle.