Candle Making

Different Ways to Center a Candle Wick

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Different Ways to Center a Candle Wick

One of the most important steps in candle making is ensuring that the wick is centred in the container and stays so, straight. This is also present in wicking molds for making pillar candles. Though molds have a tiny centred hole at the bottom through which the wick passes, it is still necessary for the wick to be straight. This should be ensured when the wax is being poured in. Once the wax has been poured into the container, one may be unable to adjust the wicks again. Let’s learn how to center a candle wick. How to Find the...

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The Best Essential Oils for Candle Making

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The Best Essential Oils for Candle Making

One of the best advantages of using candles is that scent oils can be added to them so they can throw off pleasant odour. Nowadays, scented candles are very popular and are even more desirable that unscented ones because of the nice ambience they give the room. In making scented candles, two categories of scent oils are popular: essential oils and fragrance oils. The focus of this article is essential oils for candles. Essential oils for candles are made up if aroma compounds extracted from various (non-fatty) parts of a plant by distillation. They are so called because they contain...

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How to Dye Candle Wax with Candle Dye Flakes

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How to Dye Candle Wax with Candle Dye Flakes

These are also known as powdered dyes. Because of their powdery forms, they need to be allowed a little time to dissolve. They should be added to the wax at about 176 to 180°F. Dye flakes do not give the kind of consistency that liquid dyes afford. It is not as easy to get exact proportions in different candles especially when making them in small batches. This is why they are more suitable for large projects where they would be added to the wax at once and used to make several candles. They are also used to make candle chips...

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How to Make Gel Wax

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How to Make Gel Wax

Gel wax is getting popular by the moment even though it has not been in existence for long. In DIY projects, one of the goals is to make simple products using the least of materials and spending little. So it is too with candle making. This article explains how to make gel wax for candles. What is Gel Wax? Gel wax is not really a wax but is made from mineral oil gotten from paraffin oils and poly resins. It is the principal ingredient in making gel candles. It is also a relatively new type of wax. Because it is...

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How to Prevent and Fix Candle Tunneling

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How to Prevent and Fix Candle Tunneling

Tunneling is a common problem in candle making. We would look at, in this article, the causes of tunneling and how to prevent and fix candle tunneling. With candle tunneling, prevention is the best and if your candles have been having that problem, you are just about to know what to do to stop it. The wax and wick are the most essential element in candle making. Both work together to ensure a clean burn. The candle wax is the ‘fuel’ of the flame and as the wick burns down, the candle wax gradually depletes. Under normal circumstances, this depletion...

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