How to Make your Own Candles

Yes, this was previously posted by me, but I have clarified and added links to amazon for various materials. I wanted to turn this into an article, but I do not have the ability to do so.


How to make your own candles.


For the Mold:


I use PVC pipe from Home Depot or Lowes etc in the diameter size you need and get the length based on how many you want to make at a single go. Yes these can be re-used!


Also I forgot to add that you can turn ANYTHING into a mold including cookie cutters. following this method of tracing and taping a bottom. So many of us need personal favors for our weddings.



  • Candle wax from Micheal’s or another Craft store also avail online. Buying candle wax in bulk is cheaper.

  • Coloring either Crayola crayons or Candle dye wax

  • Scent I don't use this, but you can!

  • Pencils

  • Wick sold on the spool since you are doing a lot

  • Quarters, Washers or special wick base holders

  • Duct tape

  • plastic lids the size of the PVC


Use a cutting Dremel tool bit to slice the height you want for the PVC mold.


As for the bottom you use the plastic lid of a can like: Pringles, coffee oatmeal etc and cut a disk the same size of the PVC and duct tape it to the bottom of the pipe.


Now grease the inside with shortening of the vegetable variety You can wash off residue with soap and water with care not to wet the wick.


Note: You can also buy Soy melting pellets or bees wax from Micheal’s or online.


Melt according to directions if you do not have directs then this is what my Grandmother Herrmann taught me to do.


Get a double boiler and put the water so that it is just below the resting pot and place the wax on top and put it on the flame/burner to Medium High heat and stir wax with wooden spoon until melted


You can add Candle coloring or use Crayola crayons until the desired color is achieved. Grandma always used Crayola Crayons with me.


You can also add Candle scents if you like, I tend not to add scents to mine.


Now you will need a wick that is attached to a disk or you can use a quarter and the wick tied and glued with a drop of Hot Glue or Tacky glue to the top of the quater. So the knott and the wick are able to be enclosed by the wax.


Elmer's is not strong enough to it to weight it down


And now use a pencil to hang across the top of the PVC and affix the wick to the middle of the pencil.


You can tie, or tape the wick to the pencil and make sure the wick is also in the middle of the mold. A bit of tape on can help keep the pencil from moving.


Please check to be sure the quarter is resting flat at the bottom middle of the can.


Now when the wax is all melted and the right color has been achieved pour just a quarter cup of wax into the can and let cool for 2 to 3 minutes this will help set the wick in the center


now using the quarter cup measure slowly pour in the wax until it reaches the top so as not to get any bubble is the wax.


Let the candle cool over night in a cool and dry place, be careful if you set it out on a porch that the weather is not colder then 45 degrees as it could cause the wax to become brittle.


To remove candle detach the bottom tape and carefully push the candle out of the mold and if it is being stubborn put into the freezer for 10 minutes and try again.


If it is still sticking try a little warm water run on the outside of the mold and push again. If that does not work then you did not grease the inside well enough. Do not fear your wax is recoverable. You can melt the wax out of the mold in a pot of hot not boiling water and the wax will melt out. Now stand to let cool. Once cooled the wax will be on top and you can retrieve with a slotted spoon and turn out onto a paper towel and once dry re-melt in a double boiler.


I have not used this link, but I thought it maybe helpful.


Here is a link from the WWW that you can also read about http://www.squidoo.com/do-it-yourself-how-to-make-candles


This how to was created and written by Bridie Pearce as taught to her by her grandmother Margaret A. Herrmann 1926-2010


 

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 6:13 am
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at the bottom of your post do you see the red writing that says flag and make article ? click make article 

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 6:30 am
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No, I do not have that option on my account. I can flag and edit and that is it.

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 7:43 am
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Do you see the text right below where you typed?



No, I do not have that option on my account. I can flag and edit and that is it.



flag make article

Do you have the "make article" text?  I believe all members do have this ability.  I am not 100% sure if vendors do have that ability.  When you first signed up for PW, did you sign up as a regular member or vendor?  That might be the issue. 

EDIT:  I did some searching and you should be able to make this thread an article - I am guessing that it might be your browser or something to do in that area. 

 

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 7:58 am
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Hi Becca,


No, it is not an option for me. To the best of my knowledge I would not have even thought to check vendor since I am not a vendor.


Please do not worry I am not. I don't care if I do not have that option. I was just trying to make sure that the credit was at the end of the piece which it now is, so if someone wanted to turn it into an article that is fine. The credit lists my grandmother and that is all I really care about. She is my inspiration for everything I do. She was a real DIY. She even made me all my dresses as a girl and if it were not for her I would not be alive today. I am sure you can appreciate the sentiment of being able to see us in my mind like it was yesterday making candles in her kitchem and this brought her back to me. Even if just for a short while.


Thanks!

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 8:11 am
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To make own Candles , you need:


1)      Some form of wax. You’ll want to avoid anything petroleum based, as these materials can release carcinogens when burned.


2)      Containers. You’ll need some form of container to house your candles. Glass containers are a good idea, as they will keep their form (many plastics melt easily, and the last thing you want is to be breathing in burned plastic fumes).


3)      Wicks. You’ll want wicks that are a couple of inches longer than the height of your containers.


4)      Dye. If you want to make your candles a certain color, you will need to dye them.


5)      Fragrance. If you want your candles to have a certain smell, you will need to add fragrance.


6)      A double boiler or wax melter.


7)      A thermometer. To monitor the temperature of the melting wax.


 


Process:


Cover your work space with newspaper. Wax can be very difficult to clean up. Melt your wax in wax melter. Gently stir the wax as it melts, and use a thermometer to monitor the temperature. When it reaches the temperature that the wax fully melts (for both beeswax and soy wax, this is around 150F), turn off the heat. Add the dye to the wax, and stir to distribute it evenly. Add the fragrance to the wax, and stir to distribute evenly. Pour the wax into the containers, and add the wicks. The wicks should be centered in the container, and extend to near the bottom of the container with an inch or two of them sticking out above the wax. Let the wax fully cool, and you now have your very own scented, colored candles ready to use!

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm
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I guess you need 2 carats before you can make something an article. I can now do this.

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm
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That's good that you were able to create an article!!

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 12:29 am

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