Candle making is a very popular activity not only in the United States but also in other countries as well. It is an interesting activity for all ages and has gained positive reviews from many people in different parts of the world. It is also very simple to do. There are many types of candles that you can make and one of the most popular types is gel candles.
You may or may not want to scent your candles. If you decide to scent them, you will need to decide what type of fragrance you want to use. Again, you might need to experiment a little with different fragrances. Some are more potent or concentrated than others and some work better in paraffin wax but don’t work well in soy wax. Adjust the amount of fragrance you use based on the type of wax you are using.
As always, I believe that the first and only place to look when you are looking for a candle making book is going to be online. When you look for ebooks in place of real books you are not only going to have just as wide a variety, you are also going to save money as most of the time the ebooks are cheaper. The reason they are less expensive is because there is no middle man, no shipping or handling, and no paper needed. With all of this stuff out of the way you are still going to get the same great quality information about making candles at half the cost!
We then moved on to one of the oldest techniques in Epic Workshops, which are the dipped candles. This was a little bit tedious for a ten year old, but now it is one of my favorite ways for making candles. My Grandmother got each of us a twelve inch dowel and cut six pieces of wicks. She tied the wicks to the dowel, and once the wax was melted we began dipping the wicks into the hot wax. After the first dip, she made certain to hold the end of the wicks so that the wax dried straight. In the way too, just as in the first project we worked on, it is possible to make a multi-colored tapered candle. In all, it took us about forty dips of each wick before we had a candle that was an inch around, but again, it was a fun project and relatively simple.
The next type of molds are those made of aluminum. It can withstand extreme heat and be used again and again. To clean, stand them upside down on absorbent paper lined baking sheets, pop them in a 150 degree oven for a few minutes for the leftover wax to melt and drip. Aluminum molds produce seamless, smooth candles that usually just slide out when hardened. This rigid material is better for making votive or pillar candles though, and so are generally limited in shape and size.
Candle making kits can vary from supplier to supplier, but most contain enough material to produce one candle or more. The kits are designed for grown ups and even for kids who want to get innovative in making candles. These kits include all the equipment you need to get started, as well as supplies to make several candles.
We started out by using the stumps of old candles. My Grandmother saved all kinds of household items for art projects, and she used a lot of candles, so this first project lasted for a couple of days. We put the candle stumps in piles based on color. She cut the top off of a few cardboard mild cartons, and we proceeded to make rainbow candles. We melted the red candles, secured the wicks, and poured the first layer of color. Once that had dried, we poured the yellow. And so on…until we had our rainbow candles. This took quite a bit of time as we had to wait between the different shades of candle wax, so in the interim we went once again to the arts and crafts store and bought more supplies to make candles from scratch.
These are just a few basic Halloween candle making ideas, but you can do almost anything you can think of. Get creative! Make a snowman from pumpkins, made a bleeding pumpkin, or even experiment with cookie cutters to make fun Halloween tarts. Once you’ve made a few that you’re proud of, light them and show them off!