Candle Making

Palm Wax for Candle Making

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Palm Wax for Candle Making

What is Palm Wax? Palm wax belongs to a group of waxes called vegetable wax. These vegetable waxes are made purely from a plant extract. Examples are Soy wax (from soybean oil) and Bayberry wax (from the bayberry plant). One cannot discuss vegetable waxes without mentioning paraffin wax. This is because they are relatively new types of wax, developed to rival Paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is by far the most popular type of wax for candle making and even other non-candle making crafts. But since paraffin wax is made from a petroleum by-product, there are concerns about paraffin wax candles...

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How to Make Carved Candles

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How to Make Carved Candles

This is the hallmark of creativity in candle making. There are no candles, as innovative and as decorative as carved candles. They just seem so perfect. And I’m not trying to exaggerate here. If you have ever seen a carved candle before, no doubt you thought at first that it was only a piece of art. Carved candles are pieces of art, and they are candles too! They originate from old German crafts and are similar to carved sculptures. The only difference is that these ones are made of wax, not wood or stone or any other traditional sculpting material....

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How to Make a Double Boiler

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How to Make a Double Boiler

What is a double boiler? A double boiler is one of the important tools in candle making. Any wax has to be first melted before being poured whatever container or mold you use. There are only a few types of candle that do not require wax melting but almost all do. While there are various methods and tools you can use to melt your wax, the use of a double boiler is the most prominent. And what is a double boiler? If you have some experience in candle making already, you probably already know what a double boiler is. Just...

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How to get Candle Wax out of Carpets

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How to get Candle Wax out of Carpets

Materials needed: butter knife, vacuum cleaner (or broom), iron, carpet stain remover, white cotton towels, ice cubes, a plastic bag, brown paper bags, rubbing alcohol (70%). Step 1: Removing the obvious wax. Scrape the wax off the carpet with the butter knife. Some of the wax may still be soft, so you need to get it hardened so that it would be easier to be scraped off. Place some ice cubes in the plastic bag and place the bag over the wax stain for it to harden. Then scrape it off again with the knife. After that, use a vacuum...

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How to Melt Candle Wax in a Microwave

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How to Melt Candle Wax in a Microwave

This process is much easier and safer than using a double boiler. For this, you would need a microwave (obviously), a microwave safe bowl and a pot holder or hand towel. First, connect your microwave to electricity. Add your required wax into the safe bowl. The safe bowl should be microwaveable. Place it in the microwave, turn up the heat and let your wax melt for, say, five minutes or less, but not more. This is because you need to monitor your wax. So every two minutes, take out the safe bowl, check the temperature of the wax, stir the...

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