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.
The high density gel is the most difficult to work with because it is thick and hard to pour. Wax candles become liquid when they reach their melting point making them easy to pour. Gel doesn’t become liquid but rather a thick syrup and if is not poured right will create bubbles in the candle. One way to prevent this is pour melted gel down the side of the container when making the candle.
The wicks that you choose are also very important, avoid using zinc wicks and go for all natural cotton wicks instead. Cotton wicks work very well for natural Ecoponics and they absorb the soy wax which makes the candles burn cleaner. Now for some instructions to making an all natural candle, are you ready?
Step # 3. Now prepare the mold, wipe the inside of the mold with olive oil and string the wick through the wick tab, place the wick tab in the bottom center of the mold.
Beeswax is made from bees and gives off no smoke which is good and it also has a pleasant sweet smell. It is sticky and it shouldn’t be used for making candles in molds. Beeswax is expensive.
Paraffin wax is probably the most widely used. It is easy to work with, has a low melting point and is readily available. It is produced by the refining of petroleum believe it or not. Some candle makers put it down because it is a “synthetic wax.” But for many reasons including the fact that paraffin wax is biodegradable this is questionable.
One more thing to be kept in mind is never to heat the wax over 200 or 210 degrees. Using a thermometer will make your life easier. A candy thermometer should be good enough. The Next important step, as mentioned in this, is to prepare your containers or molds. Once these are ready, you have to start melting the wax up to about 200 degrees. If you want, you can add some fragrance or color. Once your wax has been melted, pour it into your container or mold and let it cool. Take extra care and place a wick right in the center when the wax cools down a little. You could even use a Popsicle stick or a tongue depressor to position it correctly. As per candle making instructions, the correct positioning of the wick is very important for your candle to burn evenly.