Homemade scented candles create a wonderful atmosphere, with their soft glow and gentle perfume, and there is nothing quite as relaxing as curling up on a cold winter evening to read a few pages by candlelight.
Stores are full of all sorts of scented candles but it's much more fun to learn candle making yourself and make them at home. You're also able to create scents to suit your own tastes and preferences. It isn't difficult and only your imagination will limit your designs.
One of the biggest advantages of candle making at home is the benefit of making unique scents, shapes and colors.
First, prepare the mold for your scented candles. You will need to cut a length of wick that is approximately double the length of the mold. Thread the wick through the hole in the mold, if you have a wicking needle you will find this easier, and then seal the hole with the mold seal.
Balance a cocktail stick or skewer on top of the mold and wrap the wick around it; this will help to keep the wick in a central position.
Alternatively, thread the wick through the washer and sponge piece and then tie a knot. Make sure that the washer is between the knot and the sponge piece. Now, thread the wick through the hole in the mold, pull it tight and secure it to the cocktail stick or skewer.
Place the wax into a double boiler or a metal container placed over a pan of hot water, and set it on the stove until it melts. Be extremely careful, because hot wax is extremely dangerous. Once the wax has melted to 180f (80c), stir in the dye remove from the heat and add the fragrance, and carefully pour the wax into the mold.
Whilst the wax cools it contracts, resulting in the candle sinking in the middle, wait until the candle is half set, then pierce the top of the candle with a cocktail stick or needle and top up with wax that's been reheated to 180f (80c). Making sure you don't top over the original level of wax or you won't be able to remove the finished candle very easily.
You may need to do this more than once.
Give your candle 24 hours to harden. You can then turn the mold over and the candle should slip out, if it doesn't give it a good tap on a hard surface or pop it in the refrigerator for ten minutes and try again. You now have another masterpiece to add to your collection of homemade scented candles.
If you want your candle to be truly stunning, then you can paint some nice designs on the side using gold paint or decal stickers.
Candle making is a lot of fun, especially because you can mix and match, and create some amazing homemade scented candles.
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