Step by Step Candle Making Instructions
Step 1 :
Gather your supplies.
Measure out your ingredients. Using the conversion chart, measure out your wax, fragrance oil and wicks depending on how much your vessel can hold and how many candles you are making. Measure out wax dye if you are coloring your candles.
Fill sauce pan with enough water to submerge ¼ of your wax pouring pitcher and place on stovetop. Turn the stove to medium heat.
Fill pitcher with wax. Gently place wax-filled pitcher into water. Heat wax until it reaches 175℉. Wax should fully liquify.
While wax is melting, place candle(s) on a flat, heat-resistant surface. Using a spoon, scoop a small amount of melted wax and place a drop onto the bottom of the wick(s). Before wax cools, place wick(s) into the bottom of the candle(s). Make sure the wick is centered.
Remove sauce pan from heat. Add in fragrance oil and wax dye if you are coloring your wax. Stir or whisk until additions are evenly dispersed in wax.
Carefully pour candle wax into candle vessel(s). Candles should be filled to have a ¼ inch of space between the wax and the rim of the candle vessel. Let candle(s) cool completely for at least 24 hours at room temperature.
*If using paraffin wax, save a small amount of wax to top your candle after it cools as it may form a cavity.
Once candle is fully cooled, trim wick to be ¼ inch. Apply warning labels and any decorative labels.
- Pre-heating clear glass candle jars will give you the best looking candles. Heat your oven between 120 -160℉ and place candle vessel(s) on a cookie sheet to warm. Warm while your wax is melting, remove when ready to pour.
- You can use aluminum foil on your workspace for worry-free spills and easy clean-up.
- Use dish soap and warm water to clean your workspace and supplies.
- Use a thermometer to monitor the temperature of the melting wax.
- Let candle(s) cool in a draft-free environment for best results.
- Once solid, you can use a blow dryer on low power to smooth out the top of your candle.
- Stop using candle when ½ inch of unmelted wax remains on the bottom.
- To reduce sooting, trim wick to ¼ inch before each lighting.
- Do not burn more than 4 hours each use.
- To remove most waxes from the candle vessel, place in a freezer until chilled. Wax should shrink and come out easier.
- To test the color of your wax, drip a small amount onto wax paper and allow wax to harden. Wax color lightens considerably as it cools.