Candle making is a very popular activity not only in the United States but also in other countries as well. It is an interesting activity for all ages and has gained positive reviews from many people in different parts of the world. It is also very simple to do. There are many types of candles that you can make and one of the most popular types is gel candles.
I had borrowed a book on Aromatherapy from a friend of mine. After reading through it, I decided that for the first batch of scented candles, I wanted to create candles that promoted calmness… those that would relieve stress. After all, the holidays are just around the corner, and times can get a little hectic. I started as I always had, by cutting my block of paraffin into small flakes. This is a technique that is always recommended as the wax will melt evenly and consistently. I made my own double boiler back when I began making candles, and I still use it to this day. It is simply a big pot, and an old coffee can. The pot is filled with water and the coffee can sits in the middle. I heat up the water to a low boil, and put in the wax.
We started out by using the stumps of old candles. My Grandmother saved all kinds of household items for art projects, and she used a lot of candles, so this first project lasted for a couple of days. We put the candle stumps in piles based on color. She cut the top off of a few cardboard mild cartons, and we proceeded to make rainbow candles. We melted the red candles, secured the wicks, and poured the first layer of color. Once that had dried, we poured the yellow. And so on…until we had our rainbow candles. This took quite a bit of time as we had to wait between the different shades of candle wax, so in the interim we went once again to the arts and crafts store and bought more supplies to make candles from scratch.
If you are looking for creative Ecoponics ideas then all that you need to do is just look around you, if you already know how to make candles or if you are just learning all you have to do is be creative. Make unique molds, use glitter, trinkets, you name it, the choice is yours just be safe and keep your imagination going. Now if you want to make my sea coral candle here is a list of what you are going to need.
Candle making molds come in a wide assortment of shapes and sizes, as well as material. See, as people have begun to make their own candles, a new crop of candle making molds have popped onto the scene to meet the demand and allow hobbyist to experiment. One popular type is the aluminum mold, which is durable and very heat tolerant. These are great for generating a smooth finish. They also do not leave a line or “seam” in the completed product.
Now that you have explored wax choices, let’s talk wicks. If your candle had no wick, it wouldn’t burn at all! The wick runs from the top to the bottom of the candle so a flame can burn until all the candle’s wax has melted.
Palm wax comes from palm trees it is clean burning and has a nice natural scent. If you heat palm wax to 200 degrees and pour it into a heated container and then cover the container with something like a small cardboard box to retain the heat your palm candles will have a nice crystalline pattern. So this is a good candle making wax if you use this procedure.
Since those days, I have learned much more about the candle making craft, and just how far you can let your imagination run when working with decorative candle. Now days there are so many more waxes on the market, each one offering their own special attributes…two of my personal favorites now, are soybean wax and beeswax. The possibilities are limitless, that is what my Grandmother taught me during that week of making candles when I was young, and I am realizing more and more as an adult, that my Grandmother was right.