Making Gel Candles – The Things You’ll Need

If you are into arts and crafts and enjoy lighting candles to freshen up your home, maybe you should try to make your own. When you think about candle making, a few questions may immediately pop into your head. “What type of candle wax do I use? There are different types of wax that you can use. The most common is paraffin; then there is soy and beeswax. What candle fragrance oil should I choose? There are a variety of candle fragrance oils that you can use in your candle. So what items are needed to make your very own candle? The basics of candle making will clear up these questions as well as prepare you for your candle making experience.

I had borrowed a book on Aromatherapy from a friend of mine. After reading through it, I decided that for the first batch of scented candles, I wanted to create candles that promoted calmness… those that would relieve stress. After all, the holidays are just around the corner, and times can get a little hectic. I started as I always had, by cutting my block of paraffin into small flakes. This is a technique that is always recommended as the wax will melt evenly and consistently. I made my own double boiler back when I began making candles, and I still use it to this day. It is simply a big pot, and an old coffee can. The pot is filled with water and the coffee can sits in the middle. I heat up the water to a low boil, and put in the wax.

Here are some items that you don’t need to get started with your candle-making, but may make the process a little easier for you: wick stickers or glue dots will secure your wicks in place so that they don’t shift when you pour your wax, wick chips will keep your wicks straight for you, a digital scale is a more accurate way of weighing your wax and fragrance so that you know exactly how much to use of each, wax additives will correct a particular issue you may have with a particular wax, candle molds are needed if you are making molded candles, a heat gun comes in handy for preheating containers and correcting any imperfections you may get on the top of your candle. Again, these items are not necessary so you may want to acquire these items down the road.

Would you be surprised to learn that Candle making team building wax consists mostly of oil? Yes it’s true. Gel candles consist of 95% oil with 5% resin powder added to form a gel. Gel candles require different equipment and are slightly more difficult to make then the typical wax candles. The melting point of gel is very high usually being around 200 degrees F. However it varies depending on the density of the gel.

Step # 3. Now prepare the mold, wipe the inside of the mold with olive oil and string the wick through the wick tab, place the wick tab in the bottom center of the mold.

Candle making kits can vary from supplier to supplier, but most contain enough material to produce one candle or more. The kits are designed for grown ups and even for kids who want to get innovative in making candles. These kits include all the equipment you need to get started, as well as supplies to make several candles.

The base note is the last of the scents that you are going to pick up on. It fills the room after the middle note has dissipated and it has a powerful fragrance that is heavy and strong. When the flame is extinguished you can still smell the base note. Fragrances such as sandalwood are base notes.

These are just a few basic Halloween candle making ideas, but you can do almost anything you can think of. Get creative! Make a snowman from pumpkins, made a bleeding pumpkin, or even experiment with cookie cutters to make fun Halloween tarts. Once you’ve made a few that you’re proud of, light them and show them off!

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