Candle Craft became my obsession when I saw some beautifully crafted candles and I yearned very much to learn the Art of Candle making. Lack of facilities made me ordering a learner's candle making kit online. The starter kit provided some basic materials and photocopied instructions on a bunch of papers (not much of a help). Gathering information from internet and also watching many videos on YouTube, I Improved upon myself in candle craft. I have documented my experiments in candle making and this Instructable is the result of that.

Hope this instructable will be helpful to everyone who are interested in learning Candle Making Craft as a hobby.

Step 1: Candle Making Starter Kit

The candle making starter kit contained the following materials:

  • Three different kind of waxes, two of them marked as 'B' and 'M' in small quantities. No mention of what they meant.
  • Three packets of white powders / crystals. The instructions mentioned that the one marked as "W" is wax whitener, "S" as wax shiner and the last one as wax hardener.
  • Two silicone molds for making flower shaped candles.
  • Two packets of glitters, one golden and another silver colored.
  • Ten packets of different color powders.
  • One bundle of wick.
  • A can of silicone spray, to be used as mold release with silicone molds
  • A packet of aluminium containers for tea-light candles.
  • Few pages of photocopied instructions on candle making with the starter kit.

Since I needed some equipment to start candle making, I bought a small milk cooker to act as a double boiler along with a ladle for melting and pouring wax. I have also bargained a seven-pack spice holder from the kitchen, which will act as double boiler for mixing different colors with wax in small quantities. With these equipment and the material received with the starter kit, I ventured into the candle making process.

Experimented with tea-lights in aluminium containers, made some flower shaped candles with the silicone molds, used spice container to make few pillar candles and even went further with making candles using molds made out of card board containers.

To sum up all about the candle making kit with reference to the included instructions,

  • The wax received in bulk with the kit is Semi Refined Paraffin wax.
  • The wax marked as "B" is Microcrystalline wax.
  • The wax marked as "M" is Fully Refined Paraffin wax.
  • The wax whitener (W) will reduce the yellowness of the wax and make it more clear. It can be used for making white colored candles and added to the molten wax directly at the rate of 1 to 2 grams per 2 to 5 kilos of wax.
  • The wax shiner (S) is a white pigment which will add whiteness and shining to the candle. It is to be used as a paste mixed with coconut oil and added to the molten wax at the rate of 1 to 2 grams per 2 to 5 kilos of wax.
  • The white crystals mentioned as wax hardener are plastic granules with higher melting point. These granules are to be melted separately and added to the melted wax at the rate of 5 grams per kilo of wax. This will increase the hardness of the wax and its melting point.
  • The color powders are to be used as a paste mixed with coconut oil.

As my experiment with the starter kit is over, let us go deeper and discuss about the equipment required, different type of waxes, wick, colors, molds and mold releases. In addition, we will also explore how to make different type of candles and finally will try out some fun projects in candle making.

And lastly, I have also added a Bonus at the end of this Instructable. Check it out...
<p>Thank you for a very thorough and detailed instructable, complete with step-by-step pictures and creative ideas too! I wish to make soy candles of the daily use variety for myself, since I do not find them for a reasonable price anywhere in India. Can you help me with my query - Can I go ahead with melting just the soy wax flakes available in the market, or do I need to mix any hardener/ stearic acid etc to stabilize it? Also, is it mandatory to use the shiner and polisher? I wish to make these as environment friendly as possible. Thanks in advance :)</p>
yes, you can melt the soy wax flakes to make candles. there is no need to add any additives. make a few test candles, if they are not burning properly then you can add additives as required
Sir i want oil soluble colour suppliers from mumbai or pune.<br>If Any contacts of suppliers please suggest me.
<p>please visit this site for your requirement... http://www.candlemould.com/Home/Products/ACC-CL</p>
Sir, How make mottled candle. With paraffin oil
Sir, How make mottled candle. With paraffin oil
Sir, How make mottled candle. With paraffin oil
Sir, How make mottled candle. With paraffin oil
Sir, How make mottled candle. With paraffin oil
Sir, How make mottled candle. With paraffin oil
Sir, How make mottled candle. With paraffin oil
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Sir please tell me how much essential oil and fragrance oil use in paraffin wax per kilo
you can use 10 to 15 drops per kilo of wax
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<p>What is the percentage of microcrystalline wax that is to be added for making pillar, floating , votives and designer candles?</p><p>I always get bubbles in my candles. What can be done?</p><p>Could you share some of the raw material suppliers.?</p><p>Your help will be much appreciated.</p><p>Thanks in advance</p>
​there is no need to use microcrystalline wax in normal candle making. Its melting point is higher than that of paraffin wax and mixing it will make the candles hard. Use mixture of fully refined and semi refined paraffin wax for candle making.<br><br>Pouring hot wax in cold molds create bubbles. So keep the molds little warm. Also do not pour above the rim of the wax molds. Keep it slightly lower than the rim. Poke relief holes when the castings are little warm and fill the void with melted wax to fill up the bubble areas.<br><br>I am not in candle making business. I buy my requirement of raw materials locally. I bought little quantities of microcrystalline and gel wax from ebay. Please look up a city nearby for buying raw materials
<p>Hello</p><p>How are you, </p><p>Im just wondering what is the best wax to pour into silicon moulds?</p><p>I have purchased a number of moulds but unsure what is the best wax to use for these moulds. if you could shed some light for me that would be great</p><p>thankyou Kind regards</p>
you can use any kind of wax (other than gel) in silicon molds. Silicon molds can withstand very high temperatures whereas the boiling temperature of wax is even less than boiling point of water. Make some experiments with different combinations of fully refined and semi refined waxes in a silicon mold. Take out the casting only after the wax is completely cooled.
Definitely a really good instructable :-) I just wanted to mention that some chemicals used as 'fragrances' are quite toxic, even more so if burned or heated. I'd personally stick to essential oils. The same goes for colorants &amp; wicks. Lead can be found in some wicks &amp; wicking materials. Just be careful to research your raw materials before heating anything up as you could be breathing in dangerous toxins. But I must say, I'm in love with all your instructables which involve flower designs. They're all very beautiful!
thank you very much.... this instructable will be incomplete without mentioning all those things involved in candle making. thank you once again for your valuable suggestions and appreciation of my instructables.
<p>What a wonderful instructable...and I don't even like candle making lol. Thanks for sharing this very well done mate. </p>
thank you millenialinmotion...
<p>Hello Mr. Antoniraj! I stumbled upon your website while I was browsing the Internet for terrace garden ideas. I am happy I did so! Your creations are very impressive. They are so helpful for a novice like me... I ended up reading through most of your website. Many thanks for sharing your expertise with all of us:-) </p>
thank you... I am happy that my instructables are helpful to you
Won't the wig get wet and fire extiguish for illuminated floating candles when place over the water to flat. I would like to know the details from where i can buy metal and silicone moulds and colours for candle
The floating candles, they will burn as long as the wicks self extinguish... Regarding candle making supplies, please go to these following links. You can find metal and silicone molds as well as other supplies like color and all<br><br>http://candlemakingmoulds.com/default.asp<br><br>http://www.candlemould.com/<br><br>you can order online and pay through net banking
Thank you Sir. Can you please provide me the details of shops from where i could buy colours for candle, silicon and metal molds.
This post is awsome. Thank you sir Antoniraj for so much sharing. <br>I have some questions.<br>For making coloured candle what type of colour can be added. Like can we use acrylic colours for gel candles??
thank you.. candle colors are different, they are oil based. you can not use acrylic colors in gel candles. Look at step 5, where I have explained about candle colors and pigments. If you need I can give you the address of sellers in India
<p>Do you sell your handcrafts?They look perfect as souvenirs(^_^)</p>
<p>no, I did these as a hobby. May be I can start a business in future if I get some marketing support.</p>
<p>nice hobby^_^ looking forward to your new creative handcrafts</p>
<p>thank you thank you soo much Very Very good </p><p>vahid from iran</p>
thank you... hope you will find this useful
Can you explain how to filter the beeswax?
You can melt the beeswax in a double boiler and then use a wire-mesh filter ( you can use a tea filter). I am also using the wire-mesh filter for filtering out melted wax from recycled candles
just AMAZING.... <br>thank you
you are welcome...
Hi; <br>Very good info &amp; pics <br>Thank u Sir!
you are welcome...
Sir, <br> <br>Can I have the company details of the silicone you used, so that I may contact them for the same. I live in Lucknow, U.P. - Dr. Amit Bhargava, 9415023226, dr.amit.bhargava@gmail.com
Actually, the big companies producing silicone products do not sell directly to customers. They sell in bulk only. Every company I tried online are same. then I tried with some vendor in Madurai who deals with these kind of material used for toy making (that is a bit different one I think) and he ordered this one specially for me. <br> <br>However, you can contact Dow Corning Rep at Mumbai in the address below.. when I contacted earlier they do not have material in stock. Now they may be having them in 5 kg packs. There are many varieties for different applications. Please ask specifically for the application you want to use for. <br> <br>Dow Corning India Pvy. Ltd, <br>C-202, Ackruti Corporate Park, <br>L. B. S. Road, Kanjurmarg-West <br>Mumbai 400 07 <br> <br>Contact Nos: <br> <br>General Enquiries: <br>Phone: +91 22 6694 6868 <br> <br>Business Inquiries: <br>Toll Free: 000 800 440 1852

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