Bees Wax Candles Are Good Starter Candles Because They Are Very Easy To Make
Bayberry wax was made by the American Colonies from the wax coating of the bayberry fruit. It is made by boiling the berries. It has a nice sweet scent but is a big procedure making it an expensive wax. You have to boil about 15 pounds of the fruit to get one pound of wax. It is still in use today.
Gel waxes with a 0-3% density (considered low) is unique for candles contain a fragrance. It may also be poured into your candle molds during a lower temperature. Heavily saturated fragrance gel waxes work best with densities in the 3-5% range. Among all types, gel waxes are the most popular among many candle makers who wish to create candles containing decorations. You can drop just about any object into your cooling gel wax to give your candles a unique look. However, be cautious the materials you use to decorate your gel candles will not burn. Although gel wax is fun to work with there are more steps involved in selecting the right grade of gel wax for your candle.
A double boiler is the safest and most efficient way for you to melt your wax. You can either purchase a double boiler or you can use a pitcher with a lip for pouring and a large pot for boiling water. You absolute need to have a good thermometer. The temperature of the wax is the only way you will know when it is the right time to put in additives, fragrance and dyes and exactly when the wax should be removed from the heat source. A candy thermometer will also work just as well for this process.
In recent years, gel wax has become the rage. The texture is almost rubber-like. When using gel wax, the benefit is it comes in 3 types of density. When you are making gel wax candles, the density comes into play when you are adding fragrances to the wax. The really nice thing about gel waxes are they burn a very long time (nearly twice as long as paraffin).
Make sure that you stir the wax often and use your thermometer to check the temperature. When the wax is melted you can add colors and fragrances if you want to, be sure to mix them in well. When the wax is melted pour it in to the mold. Put the mold to the side and let it cool for 24 hours. When the 24 hours is up then trim the wick to about a quarter of an inch and you are done! That is how you make a candle using soy wax Ecoponics supplies.
Use a dropper when you add liquid color dye. Using a dropper will enable you to come up with a mixture that is precisely proportioned which is very useful if you need to reproduce a candle with the same color shade. Let your creative juices flow as you mix colors.
A few other items you will need are oven mitts to protect your hands from burns when handling the hot wax and boiler. You will need scissors to cut your wick to the desired length. A thin wooden spoon is ideal for stirring your wax. Having foil and/or wax paper is recommended to protect surfaces while creating your candle.