Candle Making Recipes for Balloon and Beeswax Candles
So, you want to make your own candles. But how do you start and what is the simplest way to begin? The correct answer is…the 2 recipes found below.
We know how daunting the prospect of creating candles on your own for the first time might be, but with the candle making tips we have provided it will be sheer fun.
No stress, little mess. And did I happen to mention having “fun”? Of course, I did it!
Candle Making Recipes – Balloon Candle
Grab a balloon, some wax, paraffin or regular, and a wick. That’s it – you’re ready to go.
Melt your wax in a double boiler, old electric skillet or an old saucepan at a temperature between 165 and 185 degrees. Dip a water-filled balloon into the wax. Pull it out quickly, allowing the wax to cool and set. Repeat until a 1cm thick wax crust forms around your balloon. Deflate the balloon and take it out of the candle’s center.
Begin pouring the warm wax, rotating around the shell until the inside is almost entirely covered. Insert the wick and pour in the remaining wax. Hold the wick until it is supported by wax that has colled and firmed. Your wax masterpiece is finished!
There is even a simpler candle recipe…
Candle Making Recipes – Beeswax Candle
Grab your scissors and a sheet of beeswax and some cotton wick. Fold and cut the beeswax sheet in half. Choosing one sheet, place the wick on the long side of the beeswax with approximately 1 inch of the wick extending past both ends.
Using your fingertips, gently spool the beeswax sheet around the wick…sealing the wick securely to the wax. The warmth of your hands will create a seamless candle. Continue tightly rolling the beeswax sheet. Make sure it is straight as you go.
Upon reaching the end, use the heat of your fingertips to seal the border of the beeswax candle. Trim wick at both ends. The one that is to be your base, cut flush against the wax. The other end, which will be the top of your candle, snip the wick to 1/4 inch above the wax.
See? I did not steer you astray! Simple, quick, easy and painless. And what about fun, fun, fun and very self satisfying! All that is left to do now is to show off your beautiful creations!
And you may want to check out gel candle making next…what are you thinking?
One of the most commonly overlooked aspects of candle making is choosing the best wick for your candle type. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be difficult to get the right sized wick or the perfect burning candle.
When you are buying wicks, you have a lot of options to choose from, and likely many questions to ask as well! You’re not alone if you aren’t sure what flat braid and square braid means when looking at the different items at your local craft store. The type of wick you will need will greatly depend on which type of candle you are trying to create.
The melt pool is probably the most important factor when making scented candles, so choosing the right wick to achieve the best melt pool as possible is important. Using a wick that is not big enough, and you may get an effect called “tunneling” where the candle only melts a small ring around the wick. You should also be careful to make sure you do not use a wick that is too large, as this could cause smoke that can be damaging to your walls or ceiling. When you have the right wick for your candles, you can avoid a lot of the common problems many people get, such as it not having a very strong scent or the candle burning unevenly. While there is no one size fits all answer to this problem most people face, a little practice makes perfect. Part of the fun of candle making is making your own special blends, so what works for one person may not always work for another. When you take the time to test and practice early on, it will save you a lot of time and money in mistakes later on. If you are trying to learn how to make money making candles it is even more important to make sure you use the right materials to produce an excellent product.
There are a number of different variables that will influence your decision on which wick is the best one for you to use, such as the amounts of dyes and fragrances used or what type of wax you are pouring. You would not use the same wicks for [a citronella candle as you would for making non scented candles. Buying a wide variety of different styles in the beginning may seem like an additional expense, but it is the only way to know first hand which variety is right for you. Fortunately, you can usually order sample sized quantities from most online vendors. You can also test your candle making recipe by pouring your wax without a wick and allowing it to harden to make sure it will set properly.
While it may take some practice and experience to know which types of wicks you like the best, it is worth the time and effort. There is no better reward than knowing you’ve made the perfect candle!