- About Candle Making
About Candle Making
Have you ever wanted to make your own candles? This site has one purpose and one purpose only; to bring the art and craft of candle-making to the masses. Now, if you’re like me, your introduction to candle-making takes the form of one of the candle-making kits you’d find in your local hobby store. Unfortunately, these kits suffer from three main problems:
- They are appalling value.The price of the kit is often many times what it would cost you to assemble the pieces individually.
- You have to take what you’re given. What if you don’t want the fragrances they include? Or the colours? Tough.
- They don’t really prepare you for a lifetime’s hobby. Because the moulds are such poor quality and the instructions limited, you can’t really reuse much of the kit contents in future projects
On the other hand, it’s very, very difficult to assemble your own kit if you’re not experienced. Luckily we've taken all the hard work out of putting together a candle making kit - we offer a range of professional candle making kits that you can customise to include exactly the scent/oil combination you want.
You can find out more about us and our approach to candle making.
Why Make Candles?
Candles are pretty cheap: you can get small candles in a bag for the price of a Happy Meal, and the bigger ones aren’t much more expensive. When it’s so easy to just buy your candles in a shop, why on earth would you want to make candles yourself?
Well, that’s like asking why you’d want to do a painting yourself when you could buy a print and put it in a frame. Candle making is an art, with often beautiful results, not to mention the fun time you can have while you’re making the candles.
Candle making today belongs thoroughly in the arts and crafts category, which means that you can get all the equipment and waxes you’ll need from your local crafts shop.
To make a candle, all you really need to do is get some wax and melt it in a pan (you can even use wax from mass-produced candles if you can’t find any plain wax). Just make sure that you place the pan inside another one that's a third full of water so that there's no chance of the wax igniting.
Once the wax is melted, you can add dye if the wax isn’t already coloured. Then just put the wick into a mould, pour in the wax and leave it to set. Again, if you can’t get a real candle mould, you can improvise with disposable household objects, such as half a milk carton or some other kind of bottle.
Of course, that basic method is just the beginning. Once you’ve got that down, you can start mixing different coloured waxes, and using more complicated moulds, and even adding things like glitter and other decoration. You can add small objects like shiny pebbles into the hot wax, or even cover larger objects in wax to make them into big candles.
The perfect introduction to candle making is our range of candle making kits - there really is no simpler or more economical way to get started.