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Candle Making - Making Them Yourself Save Money!

by Fred Wild

With the recent economic times, many people are changing the way they spend their money and one of the things they have started to do is making the items they formerly purchased. Candle making is one example of a hobby that is easy to take up and if you make candles of your own accord, you will likely save a tidy sum of money as well. When you make your own candles, you can also personalize them, and by doing this can likely use them as gifts as well as in your own home. You can choose what type of wax, fragrance, colors or other additives you want to use.

There are many types of waxes which may be utilized for candle making. The most widely used wax for candles purchased in stores is paraffin, which is a petroleum product. However, there are a lot of natural waxes you may think about using as an alternative.

Popular natural waxes include soy based waxes, palm wax, and beeswax. Soy based waxes are usually produced in the United States. They are becoming increasingly more popular. Beeswax can often be purchased from local beekeepers. Palm wax is unique in that it creates a distince marbling effect when it cools.

You will need to decide whether you are making dipped candles or molded candles. If you are going to make molded candles, you will need a mold to pour the wax in. Many online retailers of candle making supplies have candle molds available for sale, but you can also experiment using a homemade mold, such as a paper milk carton. You should be aware, though, that any mold you make or use needs to be able to withstand high heat temperatures.

You will also need coloring compounds, wicks, some kind of fragrance, and a large pot in which to melt the wax. There are many natural herbs that you can use for smells and colors, such as turmeric and beet root. Candle making can be done with many different natural essential oils to provide fragrances.

You should also consider investing in a basic book on candle making for beginners, which should help answer any questions and problems you might encounter while making you own candles. With a good reference book in hand and a willingness to experiment, you will be on your way to making some beautiful handmade candles.

When you make your own candles, you will also be able to customize them to your own preferences. You will be able to decide what kind of wax, fragrance, colors and other additives you would like in the finished product. To make candles, you will also need coloring compounds, wicks, some kind of fragrance, and a large pot in which to melt the wax. There are many natural herbs that you can use for smells and colors, such as turmeric and beet root. Candle making can be done with many different natural essential oils to provide fragrances.

Published April 6th, 2009

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