DIY: Candle Making, Part Two

Last week we put up a post about making your own candles. After more trial, error, and testing different candle-making on line, we’ve got another list of things to keep in mind about this fun and easy upcycling project.

Cutting the candles up before heating them makes getting everything melted at the same time far easier. I found this to be especially true when I was melting different types of wax. When they are left in larger “clumps” one brand of wax would be completely melted while the second type was not. This meant having to heat one too long, or remove it while the other one melted. Alternately, you can melt different colours or kinds of wax separately, and then create layered candles. Follow the steps for creating candles in a jar that we outlined in the first blog post on this subject, but only fill the container partially full with wax. Wait until the wax is almost solidified, but still slightly warm. Then, pour another layer of different coloured wax on it. Repeat this process until you have filled the jar.

Last week we suggested dipping the candle in wax, or hanging the wick using a pencil across the mouth of a jar in order to pour wax around you. If you find that the wick is not hanging straight or is coming out of place, use wick tabs. Although you’ll most likely only be able to find them online or in craft stores, these are very inexpensive. On Amazon, wick tabs are priced at 1.68 for a package of one hundred and fifty. In order to secure your wick to the tab, use a pair of pliers to thread the wick up through the bottom of the tab. If, despite using wick tabs, you are still having trouble keeping your candle wicks straight, one blogger, Dawn A. Shaffer, suggests using temperature glue or GE silicone to affix the tab to the bottom of your mold or jar.

If you would like to add scent or colour to your candles, use products that are specifically meant for candle-making. Other oils or dyes can cause candles to burn unevenly or leave sooty stains on ceilings and walls near where they are lit. You can usually find dyes and oils at a craft store or online. A package of candle dye is usually between four and seven dollars.

We have been considering holding a candle-making DIY tutorial or another kind of tutorial in-store sometime in the near future. Let us know what DIY projects you would be interested in seeing, and if you would be interested in attending such an event.

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