How to make candles

United States
March 27, 2009 12:43pm CST
I've always wanted to learn how to make candles but it seems really difficult to do. Is it? I mean all you have to do is heat up some beeswax in a double boiler, stirring it with a popsicle stick until it melts. Then I add a thick cotton string for a wick and I can also mold the wax anyway that I want so that when it dries I'll have a candle. Right? Is there anything else that I need to know before I get started?
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@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
27 Mar 09
I make candles and it is very simple. I don't sell them or anything I just make them for m personal use. I have a fry daddy (A deep fryer) that is all I use it for. I melt the wax and the only thing you have to watch is that wax has what is called a flash point so be careful not to overheat it. You have to melt it slow or it will catch fire a lot like grease. Then add your scent right before pouring and pour into whatever mold you want. After it sets up just a littl add your wick and you may have to prop it to keep it from leaning and wait a few hours and you have your candle. I experiment with them and i have had some flops but it is fun to do when you have a lot of time. It is kind of a slow process. Good Luck.
• United States
30 Mar 09
OK You brought up 2 questions for me LOL... What temperature is the flash point? How do you prop up your wicks? What do you use for that? I'm really excited about doing this. I haven't even thought of doing any scents but still it could be fun just to make them.
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• United States
30 Mar 09
The flash point is 390 degrees. I don't set mine near that high I set mine at 325 to 350 an wait for it to melt. When you pour it and put your wick in it it will sometimes fall over because the wax is not set up enough to hold it up. I use a pencil and lay it flat across the top of the container and let the wick rest against it. Hope that makes sense! Once the wax starts setting you can move it a little bit if it happens to get off centerd. It doesn't hurt anything being off centerd except your candle will not burn evenly. Good Luck and let me know how it goes!