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Candle Craft: How to Make Beautiful Candles

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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.
 
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Step 1: Candle Making Starter Kit

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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...
selkash2 months ago

Do you sell your handcrafts?They look perfect as souvenirs(^_^)

antoniraj (author)  selkash2 months ago

no, I did these as a hobby. May be I can start a business in future if I get some marketing support.

selkash antoniraj2 months ago

nice hobby^_^ looking forward to your new creative handcrafts

vahid nategh5 months ago

thank you thank you soo much Very Very good

vahid from iran

antoniraj (author)  vahid nategh5 months ago
thank you... hope you will find this useful
Kurosama11 months ago
Can you explain how to filter the beeswax?
antoniraj (author)  Kurosama11 months ago
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
aliafb131 year ago
just AMAZING....
thank you
antoniraj (author)  aliafb131 year ago
you are welcome...
azad4v1 year ago
Hi;
Very good info & pics
Thank u Sir!
antoniraj (author)  azad4v1 year ago
you are welcome...
Sir,

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
antoniraj (author)  chinchin0071 year ago
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.

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.

Dow Corning India Pvy. Ltd,
C-202, Ackruti Corporate Park,
L. B. S. Road, Kanjurmarg-West
Mumbai 400 07

Contact Nos:

General Enquiries:
Phone: +91 22 6694 6868

Business Inquiries:
Toll Free: 000 800 440 1852
WOW!!! You've done an amazing job with this instructible!!! I voted for you in the craft catagory. This is one that I will download for future reference.
antoniraj (author)  HollyHarken1 year ago
thank you so much HollyHarken...
Very, very complete 'ible! I've gone to candle supply sites whose business depends on how well they can convince you to make candles, and their 'ibles are not as good as yours! I only have one two-part question. What do you use to make your wicks, and how do you determine how big to make them? The last thing I used was 1 mm waxed lacing cord (to sew leather items with), and braided it with a 3-cord braid. It worked, but it was just a guess. It was just what I had on hand.
antoniraj (author)  thinkpadt301 year ago
thank you...

the wicks I use are cotton braided wicks which I bought from a candle supply store, meant for candles only. Some of the pre-tabbed wicks you can see in some of the photographs are bought online for use with containers, Gel wax and tea-lights.

The size of the wick depends on 1. the type of wax being used and 2. the size of the candle. Most sites recommend a burn test to determine the correct size of the wick.

Please go through the information on wick selection at this website. Feel free to comment for any clarification.

http://www.candlescience.com/learning/wick-guide.php
Thank you so much!. As was expected, your reply was as complete and useful as your 'ible.
thank you soo much, this might help me someday. are you running candle business or something? that is a whole lot of things there.
antoniraj (author)  zeyanimisbah1 year ago
I am not running a candle business. I just started it as a hobby few months back and learned from scratch. May be I can start a business in the future.
Awesome job! :D
I'm wondering what you'd do with these gazillion candles! These would be enough for years!
antoniraj (author)  Siddharth Jain1 year ago
thank you... children take some of these candles to church.
antoniraj (author)  antoniraj1 year ago
Also I can recycle some of them for new projects...
azharz1 year ago
Great Work, Sir
antoniraj (author)  azharz1 year ago
thank you...
You're Welcome :D
premlatha1 year ago
WOW ....Wat a tutorial ....i have never found such a deep explanation and techniques in a tutorial ...this is great and very useful ...Thanks a lot ...The pics and editing all are so neat ...:)
antoniraj (author)  premlatha1 year ago
thank you...
This is the most detailed & informative instructable about Candle Making I have ever seen. Thank you good sir, you are awesome.
antoniraj (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
Thank you Tarun Upadhyaya...
awesome job! designed beautifully

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antoniraj (author)  nieruchomosci1 year ago
thank you... is your language Polish..?
Orngrimm1 year ago
Cool idea with the candle in a drinking-glass! The lightpattern is impressive! :)
Will try that with a Ikea-glass (Dirt-cheap. Half an Euro each) like those: http://www.ikea.com/de/de/catalog/products/80081733/

Also: where did you get your silicone molds from?

Cool Instructable and VERY nice images! :)
antoniraj (author)  Orngrimm1 year ago
Thank you.. yes the IKEA glass looks great for forming light patterns. I got my silicon molds in India only. you can download the candle mold catalogue here: http://www.candlemould.com/html/downloads.htm
Now I can make my own molds.