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Candle Making - Nose First

As anyone who knows me will know, I enjoy Art and Crafts of all kinds. Recently I decided to try my hand at something new and found myself diving nose first into the world of melt pools, flash points, and scent binds, that’s right, I’m talking about candle making. I was going into this with no prior experience of candle making but the results were better than I expected. Once you have your head around the different calculations and have had a couple of goes it really isn’t difficult, having said that there are plenty of things that can go wrong to make your candle look less than perfect. (Please note this isn’t a guide/instructions on how to make your own candle).



One of the first things you need to make your own candle is a container. Now I didn’t want to stick with the traditional glass jar (although this is what I used for my first few test candles), so I found my self rummaging through the local antique shop to see what treasures I could find, I wasn’t disappointed. For me using containers I had found at the local antiques store meant I was not only re-using an existing item and giving it a new lease of life, but also supporting my local shops. On top of that the containers have so much more character and interest from their long years of life, so they look as good as they smell.

Once I had decided on a container I needed to source my candle making supplies. This involved working out the quantities of wax and fragrance oil needed to scent my candle. I chose to work with soy wax and this was for a few reasons. I had read online that soy wax is a natural, renewable, and biodegradable resource that burns slower than paraffin candles, which all seemed like pretty good reasons to use soy wax. Calculations were then required to work out how much wax and fragrance oil I would need for each container, I won’t go into this in detail, but if this is something you are interested in, I found some very useful guides on https://craftycandlesupplies.com.au/.



Now for the fun part, the making of the candle. I used wood wicks for my candles as they not only look good but give off a great ambient crackle when burning. I stuck my wicks into the containers and set to work melting the wax. To ensure the wax and scent bind properly but the scent doesn’t evaporate from the heat, the fragrance oil needs to be combined with the wax at its optimal mixing temperature, this varies from fragrance to fragrance. For these particular candles the optimal mixing temperature was 80°C. I then waited for the wax to cool down to approximately 55°C before pouring it and leaving it to set fully for 12 hours or more.



All that was left to do was trim the wicks down to size once the wax was fully set and enjoy the wonderful scent given off from the burning candle. If you like the sound of these hand-poured soy wax candles in vintage containers head over to our candles page in our shop to find ones you can buy. I will keep updating the candles as new ones are made so be sure to keep looking. I hope you get as much joy out of my candles as I did making these unique, one-of-a-kind items. If you have any candle making tips or questions please leave a comment for others to share.

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