Candles set the mood. Whether you want romance, soft lighting or eerie effects, you can take even more pleasure in candles when you make them yourself.
- Choose your wax, mold and wick or check related wikiHows below to find out how to make your own.
- Melt wax in a double boiler until it reaches pouring temperature.
- Tilt the mold and pour the wax smoothly down the sides. Fill mold to within a couple of inches from the top.
- Gently tap the mold to release air bubbles in the wax.
- Poke a skewer or chopstick down along the wick occasionally to release air bubbles forming there.
- Watch for the candle to shrink as it cools. Top off the wax to the original level.
- Put the cooled candle and mold in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or so.
- Turn the mold upside down over a clean towel. The candle should slide out.
- Hold it by the wick only and polish the candle with a nylon stocking, or spray it with candle spray or clear shoe polish spray.
- Untie the wick and trim it to ½ inch above the top of the candle.
- Even out the bottom of the candle by heating it on a warm skillet or hot plate and letting it melt until the base is level.
- Lubricate both mold halves and fill almost to the top with melted wax.
- Allow the wax to cool.
- Fasten a wick tab to one end of the wick and press it into place on one half of the candle.
- Pour a little more heated wax onto both halves and press them together.
- Remove the mold and trim the wick.
- The wick can be inserted after the wax is poured. It's a matter of personal preference. This is done by sinking the wick tab in the hot wax.
- Be sure that small children and pets are kept out of the candlemaking area.
- Wax is flammable at high temperatures and should never be left unattended.
- Use a fire extinguisher or baking soda rather than water if you have a wax fire.
- Don't pour wax down your sink - it will cool there and plug up the pipes.
Things You'll Need Edit
- Wooden Skewers
- Old Nylon Stockings
- Candle Dyes
- Candle Molds
- Candle Scents
- Candle Sprays
- Candle Wax
- Candle Wicks
- Candy Thermometer
- Double Boilers
- Pot Holders
- Wooden Spoons
- Fire Extinguishers
- Fire Extinguishers
- Pot holders