Convenient and Economic Ways of Choosing Essential Tools and Ingredients for Candle MakingArts & Crafts Supplies
Candle making is an art and an inspiring hobby. The only way to master it is by trial and error method. To become a perfectionist in candle making, one needs to have a great amount of patience, perseverance and observation. It is a good idea to take notes, every time you encounter a new problem or a solution. One of the good things about candle making is that, we can choose from a variety of tools and essential ingredients according to our taste and budget. Many of them can be acquired quite inexpensively.
Before heading into candle making, its very important to understand about the different tools and ingredients used. Primarily one needs to have wax, wicks, dye, fragrances, moulds, wax carrier, heating source and other desired additives to begin with. Choose the required items with your discretion.
Different types of wax are available, such as paraffin, beeswax, soy wax or natural wax. Among them paraffin is the most widely used wax as its easy to acquire and work with. Its available in a grocery store or a craft store.
Wick can be purchased from a store or can be made at home. For making a wick, take a heavy cord or a string of preferably cotton material and then dip it into hot wax. Dry them on sheets of wax paper.
A Mold is that which gives the candle desired shapes. Decorative moulds can be used as containers or candle holders. That will give an added beauty to the candle. Standalone candles would need moulds for the hot wax to be poured in. One can use glass, hard plastic containers, tins, jars or any material with a sealed bottom. Just ensure that the material doesn't melt when hot liquid wax is poured.
There are certain herbs and oils like pine oil, olive oil, eucalyptus oil which can be used in candles. Different scents are also available in stores which can be mixed with the hot wax. Some people use kitchen items like spices and cooking ingredients like vanilla and peppermint depending on their choice.
Various inks, dyes and food colors can be used for colored candles.
For decorative candles, additives like plastic items, leaves, shells, beads or any other material can be used as accessories.
Several wax melters are available in the market today. But a simple hot plate or a kitchen stove would work just fine.
A candy thermometer is needed, especially while making gel candles. Different waxes can have different optimal temperatures at which they are ideal to be poured in the moulds.
Simply put, a double boiler is just 2 pots or 2 vessels which fits one on top of the other. A saucepan and a small vessel which fits inside can be used as an alternative. The saucepan has to be filled with water and place the wax in the small vessel that in-turn is placed inside the saucepan. When water boils, it provides enough heat to melt the wax. Double boilers are generally used for ensuring safety. Certain types of candle wax are inflammable.
A wooden spoon is required for stirring the hot wax.
Other useful tools that are generally used for making candles includes:
- Wick Cutters
- Mold Releases
- Mold Sealers
- Wax Glue
- Wick Tabs
This shows that one can start making candles almost without or much lesser initial cost or investment, as most of the items are readily available at home itself. Definitely the main ingredients like wax, wicks, dyes and scents have to be acquired.