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A Beginners Guide to Making a Candle

A Beginners Guide to Making a Candle

Aussie Candle Supplies are proud to share our first guide for beginners making their first candle.    candle making can be a very enjoyable and fun experience.

Preparation

Before you can make your candle, decide on the type of wax, dyes, or oils that you would like to use. Experimenting with different combinations is part of the fun. Do not be afraid to make mistakes. You’ll learn as the go. Start with smaller containers or moulds when you are first starting to experiment. Our Candle Wax Listing will show you that there are many different types of wax.

Fill your container/mould completely with water. Measure how much you need and round it up to 10ml. The number of grams you require is determined by subtracting 20% from the volume. This is because 1ml water weighs exactly 1g, so they are equal. But wax is slightly denser than water. So we subtract 20% to get the amount you need.

495ml water per container/mould. Take 20% off that number (100), and you will get 400g.

To ensure that your candles are clean and easy to remove, prepare the area in which you’ll be making them. Wax can be messy to get rid of. To remove any wax, warm water and a towel or rag is good options.

Avoid touching your skin or eyes. If there is ever a chance that you might get some wax in your eyes please seek medical attention. While it can be unpleasant and even painful to have wax on your skin it will usually peel off or be washed away with warm water. You should ensure that the skin is not reddening or discolored as this can indicate allergies.

As this can lead to blockages, you should never allow wax to be thrown down the sink. Also, don’t wash moulds or containers that have been waxed in the dishwasher.

Stage 1 – Clean and dry the candle jars

Clean the candle glasses carefully and ensure that they are dry. This will prevent any swirls or marks from appearing on the finished candle.

Stage 2: Preparing and melting wax

Heat water to boil in a large saucepan. After the solid wax has been placed into your container, place it in your pot. Be sure to keep the container out of the hot water. Bring the water to a boil. The wax will melt. The wax can be stirred with a disposable spatula. A spatula can be helpful when adding wax dyes or fragrances.

You can monitor the wax’s temperature with a wax thermometer. You can also use a standard cooking thermometer but you must clean it properly before it can be used with food.

Stage 3: Adding the Wick

Grab your Wick Centering Tool to ensure that your wick is centrally located in the jar. If glue dots are not necessary, attach the wick to the metal tab. Once the wax has been poured, you can either place the tab in the container/mould or push it down using the spatula.

Blue Tack can be used under the metal tab to attach the Blue Tack to the bottom of your container/mould.

Stage 4: Adding Your Dye & Fragrance Oil

Add your dye to the melted candle wax. The final color of your candle will become stronger if you add more dye. The color will be apparent as soon you place the dye in the container. You can add more dye until you reach the desired color. Before adding fragrance oil to your dye, ensure that the dye has melted completely.

Add your entire fragrance oil to the mixture and mix it gently. You want to avoid any air pockets. Treat this part as baking! Continue to stir the fragrance oil until it is fully incorporated into the wax. You should not make the scent too strong or it could be too overwhelming in the room.

You can also mix different scents and colors with the candle wax, if you’re feeling adventurous. You don’t have to worry about making mistakes – this is part of the fun of creating your own candle.

Stage 5: Pouring the wax

After you’ve done that, grab some kitchen rolls to keep the wax off the sides of the jars. Begin carefully pouring the wax in your jars. Don’t pour more than half the way up.

Stage 6: Check your candles

After an hour, check how the candles are setting. Then heat up the wax and fill any holes that may have formed on the top. It’s best to leave your candle lit for 24 hours after you have finished topping it up with the wax.

Soy wax candles usually take 5 hours to cool off and solidify. Paraffin wax candles take longer, 7 hours for vegetable candles and 7 hours for paraffin candles. You can always decorate your candle after it has set for 24hrs.

Stage 7: Trim the Wick

Take out the wick centering tool, grab a pair of scissors or wick trimmer tools and trim the length to approximately 5mm. Although a longer wick will ignite a larger flame at first, it will eventually burn off.

Enjoying your Candle

Turn the lights off, relax, and listen to your favorite music. Enjoy the serene aesthetics and pleasant aromas of your creation. You don’t have to be modest and everyone around will appreciate your talent.