I'm considering making my own candles, anyone have any tips?

@mari61960 (4895)
United States
January 2, 2007 3:11pm CST
I burn alot of candles and it gets quite costly. I like a good quality candle with strong scent. I don't bother with those cheap waxy ones with hardly any smell. I know I can find info on the web. But I am looking for personal experience tips and techniqes. And is it more cost effective to make your own on a small scale? Please if you can respond. Thanks in advance.
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• United States
1 Mar 07
If you can get to a craft store in your area, you should be able to find good wax and good fragrences there. Along with a candle book with easy directions. My husband used to make them. He poured the way into a carton. Then when it was dry, he pealed the carton off. You can etch or cut though it too for effects. Or just get nice jars, and pour them into those.
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
1 Mar 07
I think that's what I'm going to do. I need to spend some time on line researching and then go to the craft store and see what's available. I want to start making them for next years gifts. I have some good etching ideas already..thanks.. I didn't even think about jars..lol I have alot of new canning jars I could use..thanks for that too..lol
• United States
6 Jan 07
I too have been considering making candles. But, purely for pleasure. I would love to think that I could make a business of it, but the market is so full of candle businesses that I am not sure if it would be a successful venture. I do have quite a few tips and ideas to offer that I have gathered up. I will get them together for you. Send me a reminder message.
• United States
1 Mar 07
I have a few of those cheap candles in my home too. I don't light them up. I read somewhere that you can reuse them by melting them down. If the candle has no scent, you can add scent to it once melted.
• Pakistan
6 Jan 07
try the site www.candletech.com
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• United States
6 Jan 07
Thanks for the link. I have it bookmarked. There are tips for other ideas as well.
@SarahEC (547)
• United States
2 Jan 07
Hmmm...I'm not sure about this. Sorry I really can't be of any help. Although, I also love burning candles, so I, too, wonder about this. I would be interested in making my own candles because I hate having to buy them all the time. And sometimes they barely even smell. And when they do smell good and fragrant the cost a ton! lol.
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
2 Jan 07
Well hopefully someone will give a response and we will learn something. I also want to know about beeswax candles if anyone knows about making them.
@SarahEC (547)
• United States
2 Jan 07
When I was younger and in girl scouts, we made candles once and I think they were beeswax candles. I think I remember it was somewhat of a long process, but then again, I was young and that was a very long time ago.