Is Candle Making Easy?

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It seems that more and more people are jumping on the candle-making bandwagon. Let’s face it, candles can be expensive, especially if you enjoy lighting one every day and leaving it to burn for hours. That is where making your own candles can come in handy to save some money and get creative.

The answer is: Yes, candle making is fairly easy. As long as you follow simple candle making rules. Although it may look easy watching a quick video of someone creating a candle online, it is quite a complex process. However, this does not mean that you shouldn’t give it a go! There are simple steps you can follow to make candle-making a lot easier, and you only need a handful of supplies to begin.

There are a bunch of factors that you need to think about in order to create the perfect candle. Here are some simple steps to follow to make each stage of the candle making process easy.

Staying safe

Be careful to avoid direct contact between the wax, and your skin and eyes. Wear gloves and goggles throughout the whole time you are creating your candles, and be sure to clear a nice large area to work in.

Finding the right wax

Choosing the right wax can be a task in itself, but it is quite simple once you know what you’re looking for. Consider how quickly you want your candle to burn. If you want a long-lasting candle, try using beeswax, or a combination of beeswax and soy wax. Once you’ve found the perfect wax combination, wick length, and fragrance composition, be consistent and stick with it!

When working with wax, be sure to check the melting point of the specific type of wax that you are using. This sounds complex, but simply using a thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature of your wax will suffice.

Figuring out your wick size

I spoke a little about the importance of a candle’s wick size in the ‘How Long Does a Tealight Candle Burn For?’ article. Remember that the length and diameter of the wick affects the candles burn time.

When making your own candles, take this into account. Once you know the wick size that you want to use, you can simply buy pre-made wicks online – and that is the wick done and dusted. If the wicks you have bought are too long, simply trim them down.

Creating the perfect colour

Candles dyes can be difficult to get right. If you want coloured wax, you need to find dyes that will not clog your wick or those that will burn inefficiently. But remember that this part is all about experimenting with different combinations of colours, and seeing what colours you get. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to adding dyes and pigments to your candles. Once your wax is fully melted, add a little bit of dye at a time until you get the colour you want.

Choosing scents

One of the more enjoyable aspects of making your own candles is choosing your scents. There are hundreds of flavours available online. Adding perfumes to your candles can pose a hazard risk, but if you buy high quality oils and follow health and safety protocols when creating your scented candles, the risks will be minimised.

A general guideline is adding 1 oz of fragrance oil to 1 lb of wax. I recommend to stick to this ratio if you’re a beginner to candle-making to keep it simple.

Picking candle containers

After following the steps above, the final step is to pour your newly made, colourful, scented wax into a container. Choose the shape and material that you want your candles to be in. Candle containers are usually from glass, metal, or ceramic materials. There are many glass containers available to buy that can withstand the high temperatures of hot wax.

Once you’ve perfected your first candle, making more will become easier and easier. Remember candle-making should be fun and if you get it wrong the first few times, that is totally fine. You will find your own technique, start being more adventurous, and start enjoying the candle creating process!