Selecting the Right Wax for Candle Making

Posted by RainShadow Labs on 7/27/2012 to Candles

There are many different types of candle wax and not all of them work the same way. Each wax has its own purpose and they have different melting points, which is important to know for melting the candle wax.

Beeswax is a soft and sticky wax. Most people do not even attempt to use it for molded candles. The benefits, however, are that it burns very cleanly and has a pleasant natural scent. It can be a bit pricey, however. The melting point is about 150 F.

Candle Making Supplies

Posted by Gravitate Master on 7/20/2012 to Candles

Before you buy your candle making supplies, you will need to decide which type of candle you would like to make. There are container candles (a popular first choice), pillar candles, votives, floater candles, beeswax candles, gel candles, and soy candles. You will need different supplies for each. The suggestions below can get you started, but you can add to or adjust some of the listed items to your preference.

For container candles, you should buy about 5 lbs. of container candle wax, 6 fragrances (if you want each candle to smell different), 3 hexagon jars (9oz), 3 apothecary jars (10oz), at least 10 6 wicks, and 6 color chips of your choice. These quantities are for 6 candles; adjust the quantities as needed for the amount of candles you are making. In order to properly melt the candle wax, you will need a melting pot and a candle making thermometer.

Candle Making Hints

Posted by Rain Shadow on 7/17/2012 to Candles
If you are new to candle making and you want to avoid the common mistakes many novice candle makers make, you can follow these tips to keep you on the right path. Candle making is a fun and relatively straightforward hobby, but there are ways you can mess it up if you are not sure what you are doing.

If you are going to make a mold candle, you need to make sure you purchase mold release spray. Candle wax will stick to the insides of the molds enough to ruin the candle if you do not use the spray. Then you will have to painstakingly scrape out the inside of the mold and start over.

Not all candle wax is single pour. Read the product description carefully on the wax you buy so you know what you are getting. It will specify single pour if it is single pour. If not, be sure to make enough wax to do a second pour.

Ease a Cough with Essential Oils

Posted by Gravitate Master on 7/11/2012 to Aromatherapy
Essential oils have been used for centuries as medical remedies. They can be useful for many ailments, including coughs. To treat a cough a person allows the essential oil vapors to enter their airways and help combat the symptoms or sources of the cough.