Candle Making – 2 Ways – Part 2

Candle Making Part 1

After I made the tea cup candles from wax from an unscented candle, I wanted to try to get real wax. I ordered my wax and wicks and recieved 10lbs of ‘Natural Soy Wax’ chips. Its a lot of wax, but it was pretty cheap so if you really like making candles order it. I also ordered a bag of 96 wicks! It will take me a long time to go through all of these, but I have a lot of ideas for them.

essential oils candle makingI use essential oils for several things at home but I decided to try making a scented candle with them. I found this forum on aromatherapy mixtures pretty helpful. In the forum it also mentions using cloves + Cinnamon and Lime/Lemon + Citrus’ in candles to scent it. This is going to be my next project as I experiment more.

When making candles the forum suggested, “A general rule of thumb for quantities = 1/4 oz of fragrance oil per pound of wax – and 1 teaspoon of essential oil per pound of wax. 1 teaspoon is about 5 ml essential oil – depending on viscosity.”

If you’ve never purchased Essential Oil’s you know that it is expensive and using such a large amount, each of the bottles I have are .5 FL OZ bottles. I was using small white mugs so measuring for these I wasn’t sure. I used 15 drops of each scent (I only used 2 scents per candle). I mixed the Peppermint+Eucalyptus and Tangerine+Lemongrass. For my next candles I will use 25 drops, the scent is very light, but it might be exactly what you want!

double boiler melting candle waxLike I explained in Part 1 of this series, you will make a double boiler in a large pot with a heat safe glass (I used a pyrex measuring cup that I don’t use with food) and bring the water to a boil. Stir the wax in the heat safe cup and when its melted add the essential oils.

You place the wick in the cup with something straight and rigid to hold the wick up. I used pencils; you can also use chopsticks, skewers or pens.candle_dry_Once the wax is melted completely; using oven mitts (its going to be very very hot!!!) pull the glass dish out of the water and pour it into the form you are making a candle from. You have to wait until the mug from the outside is completely cool. Usually takes a couple hours before you remove the pencils from the top.

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