How to Melt Wax for Candles. Melting wax may sound like an easy task, but one must keep safety in mind and do it right, or risk ending up with a big mess.
Things You'll Need
- Ice Picks
- Baking Soda
- Paraffin Waxes
- Candy Thermometer
- Double Boilers
- Pot Holders
- Wooden Spoons
- Fire Extinguishers
- Pot holders
Make sure the pot that the wax will go in is clean and completely dry.
Break up the paraffin block with a hammer and/or ice pick so that you have smaller chunks to work with.
Make a double boiler by filling half of a large saucepan with water and placing a smaller saucepan or a coffee can inside. No water should be in the smaller pot.
Put several chunks of wax into the top of the double boiler and set the heat on high.
Stir the wax frequently as it heats.
Use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature of the wax. The melting point of paraffin is about 125 degrees F.
Prepare to pour the wax when it reaches its pouring temperature. This depends on the mold material. Metal molds require the wax to be between 180 and 200 degrees F. For paper cartons, glass, rubber, etc., the pouring temperature is 130 to 150 degrees F.