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Is Making Candles Easy?

Dec. 09, 2022

Learning to make candles can be a challenging and rewarding feat. Lighting the wick on your first handmade candle is exciting, but can be mind-boggling while you wait to see how the candle turns out. 

Did the top setting go as well as you thought it would? Is your wick centred? How about fragrant? So many questions and your newly made candle is about to provide you with some answers Candle performance is the result of science. To get the same results every time, you need to do the same thing every time, but more importantly, you need to know what works!

Some important things to keep in mind for each candle pour.

Date and time

Wax type

Fragrance type

Wick size

Glass size

Room temperature

Scented Candle

 Scented Candle

The maximum melting temperature of the wax (check the manufacturer's recommendation for this as each wax is different and you don't want to heat above an unnecessary temperature)

The temperature of the scent you are adding

The temperature at which you pour the candle

Percentage of fragrances used

A good starting point for finding candle-making supplies.

Candle making tips

Tip #1: Preheat your jars

*Heat the glass using a hair dryer or heat gun before pouring the melted wax into the candle container.

*Use the oven - heat the oven to 120-160 F. Place the glass container on a baking tray or directly on the grill. Heat the candle jars in the oven while the wax melts. Use a pot holder or oven mitt to remove the jars.

The temperature of your container and the wax should be as close as possible for the best results.

Candle Jar and Scented Candles

 Candle Jars and Scented Candles         

Tip #2: Adding batik

*Use 1 square of concentrated wax dye per 1 pound of wax.

*Make sure to mix thoroughly to ensure that the colours blend correctly and that no large pieces of dye are left behind.

To check the colour of the wax as it melts, scoop out a small amount with a spoon. Allow the wax in the spoon to set and then place the spoon under cold water. The wax will cool on the spoon and show the final colour.

Tip #3: Adding essential oils

*Add the essential oil to the wax when it reaches 160F. This will give you the best scent!

*Stir continuously for 3-5 minutes. This will allow your essential oils to properly combine with the wax and prevent the oil from settling to the bottom.

Remember to use only 1 oz of essential oil per 1 lb of wax! Using too much can lead to potential fire hazards.

Luxury Gold Black Empty Glass Candle Jars In Bulk

 Luxury Gold Black Empty Glass Candle Jars In Bulk

Tip #4: Centre your wick

*You can remove the disposable pen and centre the wick using the cartridge. First, insert the wick with the support piece into the cartridge. After covering the bottom of the container with a thin layer of wax, use the barrel to guide the wick to the centre of the candle container. Slide the bucket of the wick to allow the wax to set and then pour the remaining wax into the candle jar.

Tip #5: Cooling the candle

*Let your candle cool at room temperature for at least 24 hours.

*Do not put the candle in the fridge to cool it faster. This can cause the glass to crack or break, the wax to shrink, and wet spots or holes to form and diminish the fragrance of the candle.