Beginner's Candle Making

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Candles come in all different shapes and sizes. Find out all about beginner's candle making with help from a candle making professional in this free video clip.

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Hi. I'm Jeff Shumacher, cofounder of Pure Integrity Soy Candles. In this video I'm going to show you an easy way to make a candle if you're a beginner. Candles come in all different shapes and sizes. Now if you've never made a candle before I'm going to show you how to make the easiest simplest and best burning candle for a beginner. The easiest candle to make is just a simple jar candle. So I'm going to take you through a step by step process and show you how to make a great burning jar candle. We're going to start out with just a plain jar. This jar is 3 and a quarter inches wide and we're going to use a single wick in the center. In this size candle we're going to need a fairly large wick and that's what I've selected here. Now we want to take our wick and we need to use some kind of adhesive to hold the wick down on the bottom of the jar. I have these nice little glue dots that I love that I just put on the bottom of the wick tab and then I'm going to take this wick and I'm going to slide it into, here I'm using a copper pipe. But you can use almost anything that you can slide a wick in that is long enough to reach the bottom of the jar. But I'm just going to slide the wick in and as you can see here I am able to turn the jar upside down and center the wick and press it right on the bottom. And just fully press until it's secured. Now you can take the wax and melt it on an electric burner or a double boiler. Once the wax is completed liquid and melted you can take it off the burner and allow it to cool down and get just slightly cloudy. And then you're ready to pour. To keep the wick upright you're going to need a device such as device that we use here to hold the wick upright. Once your wax is hardening you'll want to trim the wicks to about a quarter of an inch and your beautiful brand new candle is ready to go. As you can see this is very easy to do. Once you're comfortable with making this jar candle you can start experimenting with colors and fragrances and different combinations. It's a lot of fun so enjoy.

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