Making candles is important to you so I am going to show you how to expand your candle making expertise. On top of that I’ll drop a few tips for you entrepreneurs on how to promote your own candle making business.
Bayberry comes from what? You guessed it. Bayberries. Early settlers hundreds of years ago made their candles by using bayberry wax. Only, bayberry is sometimes is referred as the untrue wax. It is because these days, bayberry waxes are made with other items such as glyceride. Finding pure bayberry products are nearly impossible. Manufacturers looking to maintain the bayberry association often only use a mere 5% bayberry when producing the traditional wax.
Aluminum molds are great for beginners, as they offer a number of benefits and few disadvantages. They are cheap to purchase and clean up readily once used. If you like, just turn them upside down on a cookie sheet and heat them to about 150-170 degrees. Any stray wax will melt away and fall onto the cookie sheet, which you can just let harden and pop off later.
Some kits include wax additives, such as stearic acid and vybar, which improve certain candle qualities. Candles can be created through different processes, be it dipped, rolled, fused, molded, layered or sculptured. After making the candles from your kit, you will likely be left with extra dye, which is usually included as a concentrated solid block, but you may run out of scent before you run out of Candle making wax. Kits usually contain detailed instructions on how to melt the wax, add the dye, and add the scent.
Candle making molds come in a wide assortment of shapes and sizes, as well as material. See, as people have begun to make their own candles, a new crop of candle making molds have popped onto the scene to meet the demand and allow hobbyist to experiment. One popular type is the aluminum mold, which is durable and very heat tolerant. These are great for generating a smooth finish. They also do not leave a line or “seam” in the completed product.
As we talked above cartons, empty Pringles or orange juice cans and other containers may be used and stripped. Just remember they probably will not have an acceptable finished look after stripping. This technique works well when you are creating decorative or outdoor uses for the candle.
Step # 2. Prepare the wax, if you have soy wax that is microwavable then read the instructions on the package, if you have the more traditional soy wax or beeswax then use the carving knife to cut it in to chunks and place these chunks in to the top pot of the double boiler. Fill the bottom pot half way up with water and bring the water to a boil. Stir the wax often and check the temperature as it will be ready by 170 degrees.
Now, you are finally finished gathering your gel candle making supplies which are the gel, zinc wick, liquid color dye, fragrance oils and embeds. Gel candle making is definitely an affordable hobby as most of the materials that you need could be readily found at home.