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How to Make Candles

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I decided to make my own candles kind of on a whim after I was too cheap to spend $22.50 on a candle from a fancy bath store. I bought the most basic of basic supplied. This is the steps I followed on how to make the candles. If you want more instructions, or information on where I got the items check out my original article http://scotthoughts.net/blog/?p=133
 
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Step 1: What You Need

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You need to get all the raw materials first. I opted for the easiest option, I purchased the following:

1lb Premium Candle Wax
Scent Oil
Extra Long pre waxed wicks
Candle Dye Block
Jar

From your house, the things you need to be able to make the candles are  a small pot, a bowl, a spoon, a funnel and a chopstick. Which is probably the most random list of ingredients ever, but you need the pot and bowl to create a double boiler, spoon to stir, funnel to well funnel, and the chopstick to secure the wick. All will be revealed, so just trust me!

Step 2: Chunk up the wax

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With a knife, or as I found towards the end of my chunking, a cheese slicer, to get the wax off the block and into as small pieces as physically possible, this will speed up the melting time.

The cat assistant is optional.


Step 3: Melt the Wax

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Once chunked up, you need to put your wax into your bowl. Then using the bowl and pot you create a double boiler. Basically half fill your pot with water, and place the bowl on top of it, the bowl should sit nicely on top of the pot. It is the same technique you would use if you were melting chocolate.
sezo2 years ago
how did you manage to get it out of the jar? your candle looks really pretty too!
scottyxx (author)  sezo2 years ago
It's still in the jar, the picture doesn't really show it, sorry, but I wanted to leave it in the jar so that when it burns it doesn't get wax everywhere.
Spidercat2 years ago
I love cats.
Autumn12342 years ago
this is a cute cat.....with a dangerous knife...very cute
scottyxx (author)  Autumn12342 years ago
Cute but dangerous, thats how I roll! She was right up in my business when I was chunking up that wax! I was scared for both of us!