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...