Adding fresh spices to a candle not only adds color, but a hint of scent as well. When making candles for the first time, regular paraffin wax is a good choice for beginners, as it is easy to work with. It works especially well for container candles. As you get used to making candles, experiment with different types of waxes and different types of containers and molds.
Things You'll Need
- Double boiler or two pots, one smaller than the other
- 1 lb. paraffin wax
- Candy thermometer
- Stirring stick or craft stick
- Candle dye, optional
- Crushed spices
- Candle safe fragrance oil, optional
- Measuring spoon
- Pre-tabbed wick
- Hot glue gun or glue dots
- Wick holder
- 8-oz. jelly jar
Add water to the double boiler and heat to a simmer. If you are using two pots, put water into the larger one and put the smaller pot on top. Make sure the smaller pot is not sitting in the water. If it is, remove some of the water. Let the water come to a simmer, but do not boil.
Cut the paraffin wax into chunks and add to the top pot of your double boiler. Attach the candy thermometer to the pot.
Stir the wax with a stirring stick or craft stick until it is melted. Heat the wax to 170 degrees.
Add in the optional candle dye. Add the dye a little at a time and stir until you have the desired color.
Add 1 tbsp. candle safe fragrance oil when the temperature reaches 140 to 50 degrees. Be sure the fragrance oil is meant for candles. It should state clearly on the bottle that it is safe for candles.
Add 1 tbsp. crushed spices you have chosen. Stir completely. Do not use whole spices, which will float and can become a fire hazard when burning the candle.
Add a little glue on the bottom of the pre-tabbed wick with the hot glue gun. If you are using glue dots, simply put the glue dot on the bottom of the pre-tabbed wick. Put the wick into the bottom center of your jar, pressing firmly, but avoid bending the wick. Place the wick holder over the wick and set it on the top of the jar. Line the wick up in the center of the wick holder
Pour the wax into the jar slowly. The slower you pour, the less likely you will see air bubbles. Pour to about 1 inch from the top of the jar. If there are air bubbles in the wax, gently tap the candle on the counter or work surface to remove the bubbles.
Allow the candle to cool completely. If--after the candle has completely cooled--you notice that the candle has shrunken or has a sink hole around the wick, re-melt any leftover wax to 180 degrees and stir completely. Pour a thin layer over the top of the candle. Let cool completely.
Trim the wick to ¼ inch from the top of the candle. You may now burn your candle.
Tips & Warnings
- A 6-inch pre-tabbed wick with a 20 mm tab, also known as 44-24-18 Z, would be the best choice for a standard 8-oz. jelly jar.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
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