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MAKE YOUR OWN FRAGRANT CANDLES

The first thing you will need is something to melt your wax in. Some people believe you should only use the double boiler method to melt wax.

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The first thing you will need is something to melt your wax in. Some people believe you should only use the double boiler method to melt wax. The double boiler method is the safest way to melt wax but it is also the slowest. There are a few ways to melt your wax for making candles, and we'll discuss those so you can decide which way is best for you.

Never melt wax on your stove unless you are using the double boiler method. Never melt wax on or in anything that does not have some form of temperature control because wax does have a flash point and will burst into flames without warning once it reaches that point. Depending on the wax the flash point may be between 290 - 380 degrees. Always be safe when you make candles.

You don't have to have an expensive wax melter to make great candles either purchase a "Kitchen Kettle" from your store. Never melt wax in anything that doesn't have a numerical temperature gauge. Don't ever use anything with just high, medium and low settings.

The next thing you will need is a good thermometer. You need to use this with your kitchen kettle to ensure a proper candle wax temperature at all times. Even a candy making type thermometer works great when you are learning how to make candles.

You will need a "pour pot" to pour your melted candle wax into your molds. You may use a glass pyrex measuring cupl. You can even start out using an old, clean coffee can to pour your candles.

Next, you will need an accurate and reliable scale for weighing your wax to put in your melter. A scale that weighs up to 5kg should be sufficient. When weighing your wax break it up with a hammer and put the chunks on the digital scale until you reach the amount you are going to melt.

"Kitchen Kettle" will hold about 4kg.of wax. You can melt any amount up to that. Experts recommend you not to melt more than 3kg. at a time while you're learning how to make candles, because when you try to stir it can slosh out of the pot and cause a big mess.

So far you will need the following items to begin your candle making:

1. Melting Pot
2. Thermometer
3. Pour Pot
4. Scale to weigh your wax
5. Hammer to break up wax

You will need wax. If you want to make quality, fragrant candles not just any wax will do. There are many types of waxes available.

You will need wax coloring or dye. You are probably wondering if a crayon would work to color your wax. The short answer is yes, but the pigments used to make crayons will clog your wick and prevent your candle from burning properly. We recommend a dye that was formulated for candle wax.

Next, you will need some wicks. Wicking is a very instrumental part of candle making. Too big of a wick or too small of a wick is not good. You should test various candle wick sizes to ensure that you are getting the proper burn for your candles.

Of course, since you're want to learn how to make highly fragrant candles you're going to need fragrance oil. Allot of people waste a lot of money trying to save in this one area where you just shouldn't, if you want to make great candles you should buy good quality fragrance oil.

Any wax you decide to use to make your candles will only hold a certain amount of fragrance oil. After that, the fragrance oil will simply seep from the wax once your candle is made. So, since you can only put so much fragrance oil in a candle it only makes sense that if you want a truly strong scented candle you've got to use a quality fragrance oil. You'll be glad you used quality ingredients once you begin making candles.

And lastly, if you begin your candle making experience by learning how to make votive candles you are going to need a few votive molds.

The candle making supplies you will need are:
1. Candle making wax
2. Wax dye
3. Wicks
4. Fragrance oils
5. Votive molds or glass containers


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