how-to: make a candle


A step-by-step look at how you too can make your own candles at home!

Making a candle is similar to baking... and we have all had amazing baked goods... and then, well, not so much.  Through trial and error, you too can find the right recipe for your candles... things like your ingredients (paraffin, soy, beeswax, fragrance, essential oils, etc.), melting/pouring temperatures, wick size, and containers... they all need to work seamlessly in order to produce a quality candle.

To help you along, we've produced a quick reference guide to making your first candle! This how-to will yield you two 8 oz candles.  Now remember, use all proper safeguards when making your candles.  The wax will be very hot and you can be burned if you are not careful!  Wear protective eye gear, use pot holders if necessary, and work in a clutter-free environment to avoid any mishaps.

Things you will need:
1. 16 ounces of Wax
2. 2 Wicks (and tabs)
3. 1oz of Fragrance
4. Pouring Pot
5. Thermometer
6. Scale
7. Containers
8. 2 clothespins
9. Heating source/double boiler
10. Wick Trimmers
11. Paper towels

Step 1:
Weigh out 16 ounces of your wax and set aside

Step 2:
Weigh out 1 ounce of your fragrance and set aside

Step 3:
Heat your wax in a double boiler until it reaches 180 degrees fahrenheit (we are using a soy wax, check with your wax manufacturer to see what temperature your specific wax should be).

Step 4:
Remove wax from the heat and immediately add 1oz of fragrance (check with your wax supplier to see how much fragrance can be added to your wax). Stir wax and fragrance together slowly for about 2 minutes.

Step 5:
Let wax cool to about 135 degrees fahrenheit.  While waiting you can prepare your containers.  Add an adhesive glue dot to the bottom of your wicks, and then center them in the bottom of your container.

Step 6:
Once the wax has cooled to 135, you can now pour into your containers. Be sure to pour slowly as to not create air bubbles.  Once filled, you can secure your wick in the center by clipping a clothespin at the top.

Step 7:
Leave your candles to cool overnight. The next day you can trim your wick and after a two week curing period, you can then enjoy your candle!

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