Hey Guys 🙂
So I know I posted on Monday and I was half tempted not to post today but I thought to myself ‘no today is Wednesday and I made Wednesdays my blog day, I can’t let that slip.’ Treating you all with two blogs this week. 😉
Today’s blog is how to make candles. 🙂 I for one love candles, especially Yankee candles. Two Christmas🎅 ago I got a candle making set from my boyfriend as I had mentioned that I wanted to have a go at it. So today I’m gunna show you guys how to make candles if you’re interested as well. 🙂
First of all you’re going to need a large flat surface to work on, covered in newspaper, by your stove/cooker. This is also probably a good time to check you have everything set up before you start melting the wax. You’re going to need a candle mould, candle wick, wax pellets, wick rods, candle dye in any colour you want, fragrance in any scent you want and mould sealer as well as two saucepans, one slightly smaller than the other.
To make it easier for the candle to come out of the mould at the end, put a little bit of washing up liquid inside the mould. Tie one end of your wick to the wick rod and push the other end through the hole at the bottom of the mould. If there isn’t a hole, make one by piercing a skewer through, be careful though. 🙂 Once you’ve got the wick through the hole, pull it tight and seal with the mould sealer as I have done in the photos below. 🙂
Once you have done that, flip the mould back over and place on the newspaper.
Next is melting the wax pellets, fill the bigger saucepan with water and heat it on your stove and place the wax pellets in the smaller saucepan. When the water starts to boil, place the smaller saucepan in the water and allow the wax to melt. If you want to you can add your coloured dye at this point.
While the wax is melting don’t forget to stir. 🙂 When it’s all melted, take off the heat immediately and add your fragrance at this point.
I decided to use Baby Berry Twist scent, you only need a couple of drops. Allow the wax to cool a little before you pour it into the mould. Fill your mould with the wax to the depth you want and then leave it to cool, preferably overnight.😴
Shrinkage can happen as the wax cools so after about an hour top it up by piercing the surface and adding more hot wax. If you want your candle to be different shades or colours, don’t pour in so much, wait for it to cool a little, pierce the wax and add in your new coloured wax. 🙂
Once your candle has set either turn your mould over and tap the candle out or gently pull it out. Don’t forget to wash your mould after each use with washing up liquid and leave a little in the mould to dry to make it easier for your candles to pop out the moulds the next time you use them. 🙂
Now if you want you can leave your candle like this, just trim the wick to the length you want or you can go on to add finishing touches to your candle. If you want you can glaze your candle to give it a smoother finish however this step is not necessary. 🙂 To do this, before you trim your wick, dip the candle in either hot wax or hot water for a few seconds while holding the wick.
If the bottom of your candle isn’t level just gently rub the candle on the inside base of a warm saucepan. But be careful, if the saucepan is too hot this could spit hot wax onto your hand.
If you want to polish your candle, this can be done with an old pair of nylon tights or something similar. Once you’re done, trim the wick at the bottom and top of the candle to the require lengths you want and then its ready to light in a safe place wherever you want. 🙂 Any left over bits of wick, if long enough, can always be reused for another candle.
1. Don’t put too much washing up in the mould as it can affect the end result of the candle.
2. Don’t use the same saucepans as you cook with like I did once. XD
3. Don’t throw away old bits of candle, reheat the wax and make it into a new candle.
4. Don’t wear your best clothes or wear an apron as wax and dye could end up on your clothes.
5. Be careful when melting the wax.
6. Keep at it and practice makes perfect. 🙂
As you can see I’m still quite new to this myself but I wanted to show you guys the process of making a candle and hopefully as I make more and show you guys, I’ll get better. 🙂 Thank you for reading, make sure not to hurt yourself when melting the wax.