If you're interested in candle making as a new hobby, you may be wondering where to start. When it comes to craft materials, there are no shortages of products to choose from, and this can make learning a new skill feel overwhelming. However, learning how to make your own candles doesn't have to be complicated and you can narrow the equipment and products required down to the basics when you're starting out. You can make beautiful candles for your home or to gift to friends and family for very little and you may find the process quite relaxing. Read on to find out what you need to get started.
Choosing Your Wax
The two main types of wax used for candle making are paraffin wax and soy wax. Paraffin wax is usually a little cheaper than soy wax. It's made from petroleum oil and creates a significant heat as it burns, but it can cause soot stains if you burn paraffin wax candles near walls or soft furnishings. Soy wax is made from soybean oil, which is considered a sustainable product. It's biodegradable and creates no soot, and candles made from soy wax tend to burn longer than paraffin wax candles.
Equipment And Ingredients
There are a few items of essential equipment you'll need to get started making candles. You'll need a double boiler to melt the wax, which comes in solid blocks. You'll also need a thermometer to ensure your melted wax is at the correct temperature to prevent your candles from suffering from oil separation or cracking. A scale will be required to measure out your ingredients, and you'll need moulds and wicks that are suitable for the size of moulds you have chosen.
Aside from your wax, the basic ingredients you'll need to start having fun making your own candles are scented candle oils and candle dyes. These ingredients allow you to create unique candles and experiment with a range of scent and colour combinations. You may also want to add a little beeswax to your melted wax. This can increase the burn time of your candles, but it's not an essential ingredient.
Aside from the basic equipment and ingredients mentioned above, there is a range of decorative items available to spruce up your finished candles. These decorations are optional but they can add to the fun of creating something unique. Easy-to-use options include candle pens for writing on your candles, gems, dried flowers and ribbon.
If you're ready to make your first set of candles, visit your local craft supply store, such as Adelaide Moulding and Candle Supplies, and peruse their range of products.