Getting Started

Getting Started

Candle making and selecting scents for candles has become one of my favorite hobbies.  I find it very relaxing while it simultaneously releases some of my creative kid-esque crafting energy.  To get started there is one item that I personally highly recommend using – a pouring pot.  Yes, you could simply use one of your deeper kitchen pots. However, I doubt you’re looking for your next dinner to have a peppermint or rose scent/taste to it.  This is exactly what will happen once you start mixing all those beautiful scents for candles among your melted soy wax.  Additional necessary components include:

Need:

  • Candle Wicks – you can also buy holders to keep these standing straight as you’re pouring the wax.  Another way to do this … you know all the leftover chopsticks you don’t use and save after ordering Chinese takeout? Just use those to hold the wick up, place the wick between the two ATTACHED sticks and place flat over the brim of your container.
  • Soy Wax (buy in bulk!) I recommend soy wax as it generally lasts 30-50% longer than a paraffin candles when burning.  Plus – it’s better for the environment!
  • Fragrance Oils – start small, once you find a versatile scent – buy in bulk! This is the fun and creative part! Start thinking of as many different combinations for scents for candles as you can!
  • Candle jars with lids – you don’t have to get containers with lids, however I prefer them.  If you have multiple scented candles in a single room the combination can be overwhelming if they’re not capped off.  Lids will also help prevent dust from sticking to the wax top of your candles.

 

Optional/Recommended: these are a few items that could be helpful or just add some extra flare to your candles.

  • Soy Candle Making Kit – this kit includes 4 different scents for candles, 4 coloring chips, 12 candle tins, a single pouring pot, 3 bow tie clips (these are the wick holders I mentioned earlier that I just substitute out with chopsticks), 14 pre-wicks, 4lbs of soy wax, a thermometer and 12 glue dots.
  • Candle Wick Stickers – these are helpful to get your wicks centered in the bottom of your candle container, however you can also just use hot glue instead.
  • Wax Dye – if you’re interested in making colored candles to match their scents.
  • Wood Wicks – personally I love wooden wick candles, I find the crackling noice to be super relaxing, these are a fun substitute from the traditional candle wick.

 

 

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