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« on: August 25, 2005 04:02:32 PM »

I hope this is the right place to put this (sometimes I'm not always sure where stuff should go).  Also if there is already a thread like this one already please let me know (I tried the search engine but didn't find anything Sad)

My cousin recently gave me a TON of candle making supplies.  I would love to make some candles but have absolutely no idea where to start.  I was going to just have her show me how but she bought it all with intention of making something but never did.  Any ideas/tips on where to look for info or what to start with would be greatly appreciated!!
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2005 04:43:32 PM »

Check your local library for some books, or your local books-a-million/barns and nobles to sneak a look, lol. You do mean the whole candle sha bang right, like a double boiler, wax, wicks, molds, etc?
For the most part it's fairly simple, melt was in the double boiler, make sure it's not to hot cause it can catch fire! I'm going by memory here but I think the danger point is around 200 degrees. Center the wick in the mold or container you are using (it's easier if you have the wicks with the little metal things on the bottom and glue them onto the jar), and pour and let harden. The wicks in my opinion is the hardest part because they can drift before the candle starts to harden.
Or you can do the dip candle which is a bit time consuming, just dip your wick into the wax as many times as it takes for desired thickness. This is fun to do with different colored wax.
Hope this gives you the basic idea at least!
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2005 08:45:05 PM »

Thank you lady4feet!!  You are an angel!!  One question though...When you dip candles how do you keep the wick straight??  Do you just force it (I'm assuming it's easier with wax all over it) or do you tie something heavy to the end??

If anybody else has tips I'm always open for more help.  As I said, I'm REALLY new to this and can use all the help I can get!!

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Oh yeah, one more thing.  If you use different colors when dipping; How do you keep all the different colors hot and liquid??
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2005 09:49:53 AM »

I actually have a few candle related questions as well...

I have a Martha Stewart Christmas book (my guilty pleasure) and there are instructions for candle making in it, and she calls for adding a hardening agent such as stearic acid or synthetic hardening crystals. Is this REALLY a necessary step?
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2005 12:36:20 PM »

At most Wal-marts you can find a candle making kit that comes with instructions a mold, candle wax, and a melting pot.
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2005 09:33:36 AM »

About the dipping the wax should stay warm awhile, well if not warm then not harden at least. If you are worried about it you could do it on your stove so then if the wax does start to harden you can just stick the wax back in.
I've never heard of the hardening agent thing but I'm no expert. Maybe it's so it doesn't melt as fast? You know like when you make crayon candles and they don't melt quiet right.
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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2005 03:30:57 PM »


For the most part it's fairly simple, melt was in the double boiler, make sure it's not to hot cause it can catch fire! I'm going by memory here but I think the danger point is around 200 degrees.


Yep. At 250 F you get toxic smoke and then flames.

A candy thermometer is useful for keeping track of your temps.
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