Candle making was once the only means for people to have light at night. The art of making candles has been around since early civilizations discovered that placing a wick inside of wax will cause a flame to burn for hours. Today, this primitive art is more of a hobby than a necessity. There are many reasons why people make candles today. Making candles is a great project for older children. Candles make great gifts. Making candles can even become a lucrative business.
Reasons To Make Candles:
Making candles is a wonderful hobby that has many rewards. In today’s culture, making candles yourself is an interesting and exciting way to make home-made high-quality gifts for family and friends. Candles also add a great deal of charm to a room and can be used as decorative centre pieces or subtle accents. Candles are fairly inexpensive to make and production is quick. This makes them a great home-based industry for entrepreneurs. The popularity of the hobby means that supplies are usually available on a localized basis.
Basic candles making equipment consists of the following supplies:
- Double-boiler. If unavailable use a small saucepan inside a larger one.
- Candle wax.
- Candle mould.
- Wick material
- Heat source – Stove
- Mould release agent
Specialized candles need any of the following:
- Fragrant oils
- Coloring agents
- Embedding objects
Making Your Own Candles:
Step 1: Coat the moulds with release agent. Allow enough time for the release agent to completely dry.
Step 2: Place about 1-2 inches of water in the bottom of the double-boiler.
Step 3: Place the wax in the top part of the double-boiler. Wax will melt quicker if it is cut into smaller pieces.
Step 4: Secure the wick to the mould.
Step 5: Once the wax is melted, remove from heat. Scented oil and color should be added at this step. Color, add small amounts at a time until the desired hue is reached. Just before pouring add the fragrance oil to prevent loss of perfume due to the heat.
Step 6: Carefully pour the melted wax into the mould..
Step 7: Allow the candle to completely harden before removing from the mould.
There is so many different options available that designing the perfect candle is a set of endless possibilities. It is very possible to use liquid latex to make your own candle moulds. Using cardboard as a holder will help to keep the latex mould sturdy enough to pour liquid wax into the mould.
Cut a hole in a piece of cardboard that will allow the mould to sit in it. Latex moulds should have a lip of about ½ – 1 inch around them. The lip will sit on top of the cardboard, securing the mould. Secure the mould in the cardboard cut out with pins if necessary as the weight of the hot wax is sometimes sufficient to pull the latex through, with the result of hot wax everywhere. I speak from experience.
Two piece plastic moulds are sometimes used, but leave a seam around each candle that must be cleaned off before sale.
Silicone moulds are arriving on the market and produce beautiful candles that can have masses of detail if required. They can be either one piece or two piece in construction. One piece moulds require a back- up mould for support
Building a home-based candle business can be a lucrative venture. Many similar businesses have started off on a kitchen table and grown. Purchase a kit that has comprehensive instructions and supplies to enable you to start off on the right foot. Once you are confident that you have mastered the art of candle making you can plan to purchase your supplies in bulk and ensure you have a profitable business. Imagination and innovation can make home-based candles a great business.
Post time: 02-25-2017