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Candle making 101

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Candle making 101

Use homemade candles as part of your home décor or as a great gift for friends.
Photo Credit: Leah O'Donohue

Use homemade candles as part of your home décor or as a great gift for friends. Photo Credit: Leah O'Donohue

Use homemade candles as part of your home décor or as a great gift for friends. Photo Credit: Leah O'Donohue

Use homemade candles as part of your home décor or as a great gift for friends. Photo Credit: Leah O'Donohue

Leah O'Donohue

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Making candles can be surprisingly easy if you have the right materials. Those materials include a pot, a pouring pot, a candle mold, a wick, a hot glue gun (with glue) and candle wax. Optional materials are fragrance oils and/or dyes.

 

I found all my materials on Amazon. It was much cheaper to order online than buy from a store.
Photo Credit: Leah O’Donohue

 

The first thing you will need to do is measure out how much wax you will need to make your candles. I used two pounds of wax per sixteen ounce glass jar. Fill the pot with about two to three inches of water, place the pouring pot into the larger pot and heat over medium heat until all the wax is melted.

This method of melting wax is called the “double boiler method”
Photo Credit: Leah O’Donohue

While the wax is melting, use the hot glue gun to glue the candle wick to the bottom of the container you will be using to hold your candle. Using two chopsticks to secure the wick upright will help when pouring in the wax. After all the wax has melted, take the pouring pot out and gently stir the wax until it is slightly cloudy, which will help prevent dents in the surface of your candle. Once the wax is ready, pour it gently into each container and avoid splashing the wax.

Make sure to keep the wick of the candle straight as the wax cools to ensure it will burn properly.
Photo Credit: Leah O’Donohue

Once you have poured all your candles, simply let them sit until they are fully hardened, then you can take off the chopsticks and cut the wick, leaving about a quarter of an inch so that you can light the candle.

If you plan to add fragrance or color to your candle you will need to add about one ounce of fragrance per pound of wax. With colors, you will need about seven to eight drops of color per pound of wax, but this number can be adjusted depending on how much color you want. Both color and fragrance must be added once the wax has been fully melted to ensure they spread throughout the wax.

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One Response to “Candle making 101”

  1. Nicole O’Donohue on March 7th, 2019 10:50 pm

    Great article! How fun and easy to make candles!
    I am enjoying the one Leah made and I light it up every evening! Great article!

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