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« Topic Start: August 12, 2010, 02:48:31 pm »

Anyone here at TC interested in candle making?  Let's discuss!

I'm very interested in learning how to make my own candles and scents, but I'm a complete newbie with it and am really afraid of setting the place on fire Wink.

I checked out the supplies at Hobby Lobby and was disappointed to see how much this very interesting craft would cost.  I'm hoping to find some alternative source for supplies.  Also, can one make candles from used wax? 

 
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« Reply #1: August 12, 2010, 03:07:32 pm »


Yes, yes and yes.  Cheesy

It's been a time, but I make candles myself.
And don't go looking in the craft shops for supply, it'll cost a fortune.

I hunt my raw material down in the Dollar-(well in that case Euro Wink) Stores.
Get cheap household candles there. Sometimes, if you're lucky, you can get a dozen for a few bucks.

Here's how I do it.

I melt them in a pot. (The pot-in-water-in-pot method is not practical in my opinion.)
It is an old, but coated pot and I put it on the smallest flame (have a gas stove).
Then I put the candles in it and they melt slowley. Of course you need to stand by.

The wicks I fish out and use them for the new candle.

If the candles I melted are white, I use crayons to color the candle-to-be.

My favorite method ist to use TP rolls. The size is just perfect.
Soak the roll into some oil, that way it will peel off the finished candle easier.

I take some plastic cups to mix up the shards from the crayons and herbs, incense and essential oils. Then I take some of the not too hot wax (the essential oils will vanish if it is too hot) and mix it all up in that cup. The crayon shards melt and color the candle nicely. It will be not too intense though, more pastel shades.

The prepared tp roll (the wick put underneath, on some toothpick) stands in some sand.
Then just pour the wax into the form.

Oh the sand needs to be wet, that way the wax won't leak.

The candles smell wonderfull and you can put about everything in them.
Which is nice for a witch Wink

Just go for a try, it is really fun. Smiley

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« Reply #2: August 12, 2010, 03:13:51 pm »

I'm very interested in learning how to make my own candles and scents, but I'm a complete newbie with it and am really afraid of setting the place on fire Wink.

I use a water bath, making overheating the wax nearly impossible.  My base vessel is an old crock pot/deep fryer with a temperature range of 0 to 450.  Into this goes water and the wax vessel.  For tapers I use a long, thin tin that barely accommodates two tapers.  For pouring I use an old aluminum coffee pot.  I got everything for cheap or free via Craig's List, yard sales, and second-hand stores.

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My favorite supplier for wicks, molds, and colorants is Glory Bee.  They also have terrific deals on raw beeswax, though the shipping can be a little steep.

And making new candles from old, yes, entirely doable.  You'll likely know little to nothing about the burning qualities, though (wax temps, etc.).  Try to avoid anything scented (or at least heavily scented).  Recycling works great for very dark/black candles.

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« Reply #3: August 12, 2010, 07:59:25 pm »

Anyone here at TC interested in candle making?  Let's discuss!

I'm very interested in learning how to make my own candles and scents, but I'm a complete newbie with it and am really afraid of setting the place on fire Wink.

I checked out the supplies at Hobby Lobby and was disappointed to see how much this very interesting craft would cost.  I'm hoping to find some alternative source for supplies.  Also, can one make candles from used wax? 
 

Wow.  You just gave me the most amazing flashback of a camp I went to as a kiddo.  I was like 9 or ten.  We did poured candles in molds.  To this day I remember the smell!  Amazing!
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« Reply #4: August 12, 2010, 10:34:02 pm »

Anyone here at TC interested in candle making?  Let's discuss!

I'm very interested in learning how to make my own candles and scents, but I'm a complete newbie with it and am really afraid of setting the place on fire Wink.

I checked out the supplies at Hobby Lobby and was disappointed to see how much this very interesting craft would cost.  I'm hoping to find some alternative source for supplies.  Also, can one make candles from used wax? 

 

I melt down the wax from candles I used in rituals.  I also make my own wick by braiding tightly 100% cotton thread.
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« Reply #5: August 13, 2010, 09:46:26 am »

Wow.  You just gave me the most amazing flashback of a camp I went to as a kiddo.  I was like 9 or ten.  We did poured candles in molds.  To this day I remember the smell!  Amazing!

Glad I could help :p

Yes, yes and yes.  Cheesy

Thanks for the advice everyone!  After I master this knitting thing, I'm on to candles! 
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« Reply #6: September 09, 2010, 11:17:09 pm »

Anyone here at TC interested in candle making?  Let's discuss!

I'm very interested in learning how to make my own candles and scents, but I'm a complete newbie with it and am really afraid of setting the place on fire Wink.

I checked out the supplies at Hobby Lobby and was disappointed to see how much this very interesting craft would cost.  I'm hoping to find some alternative source for supplies.  Also, can one make candles from used wax? 

 

Candle making is also my hobby. I was learned many methods in how to make candle through internet. You can also surf in Google for different tutorials.
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« Reply #7: October 15, 2010, 10:43:23 pm »

Anyone here at TC interested in candle making?  Let's discuss!

I'm very interested in learning how to make my own candles and scents, but I'm a complete newbie with it and am really afraid of setting the place on fire Wink.

I checked out the supplies at Hobby Lobby and was disappointed to see how much this very interesting craft would cost.  I'm hoping to find some alternative source for supplies.  Also, can one make candles from used wax? 

 

I had tried candle making since our activities during High school. Actually, it is not easy to make candles because you will need patience at the same time much effort to make the candle perfect. However, it is really interesting to make some, especially when you are required for the best materials for it.
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« Reply #8: October 16, 2010, 02:33:43 am »

I had tried candle making since our activities during High school. Actually, it is not easy to make candles because you will need patience at the same time much effort to make the candle perfect.

Why do they need to be perfect?  I made candles with my homeschool group that were all manner of lumpy and organic looking.  They burned just as well as the ones I made more meticulously.

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« Reply #9: November 08, 2010, 01:09:01 pm »

Why do they need to be perfect?  I made candles with my homeschool group that were all manner of lumpy and organic looking.  They burned just as well as the ones I made more meticulously.

Brina

I made candles in middle school-FUN! That said, I think that my kids and I will make candles over winter break! Regardless of what they look like the energy you put into them make them that much better.

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