How to Make Candles From Paraffin Wax

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Have you ever wanted to make your own candles? Begin here by making your own candles from paraffin wax. After you've discovered the basics to making candles, you can experiment with shapes, add scents and even make multiple wicks. Soon you'll be selling your candles for big money, just like the well known candle companies do.

Things You'll Need

  • Double boiler
  • Crock pot with thermostat
  • Color wax dye
  • Essential oil
  • Candle molds or shapes for cooling
  • Votive candle or pre-waxed wicks
  • Hard paraffin wax
  • Candy thermometer
  • Place the hard paraffin wax in the double boiler set to around 200 degrees. Once the wax is melted, you can transfer it to a crockpot with thermostat that will keep it at 200 degrees. You need to keep it warm so that it will not harden and take the shape of the crock pot!

  • Add color wax dye and let it melt for about 5 minutes. After the dye has melted, stir it in and add some of the scented essential oil. Continue to stir the wax and don't leave it unattended. You should also have a candy thermometer to keep the temperature constant. It shouldn't be smoking, and it shouldn't reach any temperature over 390 degrees.

  • Pour the wax into molds or other containers (even a simple plastic food container will work) and allow it to cool. Your wick (or votive candle) should already be placed in the mold, so be sure you don't cover it with new wax.

  • Let the wax cool overnight, and when the sinkhole forms in the middle, fill it with more wax and allow that to cool. You can even fill the sink hole with a different color wax and make a bi- or tri-colored candle.

  • You can also add the wick or votive candle (after the main body of the candle has cooled) by drilling through the bottom. Drill all the way to the top of the candle, thread your wick through, pour in more wax, then let it cool.

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