Starla's Candle Making - Homemade candles

Gives free instruction, below, on how to make homemade handmade candles at home.
     Use these instructions for your own enjoyment. We explain how we make our candles and hoped it would help you make some of your own.  We are actually in the candle making business.  They are not hard to make, you don't need to pay for classes. Plenty of free basis instructions in the art of candle making right here. 
Bundt - bunt cake
bundt cake candle
Relaxing, working with wax as a hobbie can be fun and profitable.  After all, we have made it our living.  We started in our garage at home, just playing around.  The next thing we knew, it was a full time business! Let us give you some basic candle
making instructions tips, ideals. Candle making, even for a beginner, is a way to let the creative person in you out. Just don't make it harder then what it is. can always melt the wax back down and start over. It's so simple, you don't really need expensive candlemaking instructional classes on making candles or pay for expensive kits.
Beginners Candlemaking
How to make homemade candle instructions.

We melt our hard wax in a double boiler at around 180 or 200 degrees. 

We use a Hamiliton Beach roaster; they have thermostat control. The roasters were not made to melt wax, however and you need to supervise the melting process.  Never leave wax melting without adult supervision.

My mother cooked Thanksgiving Day turkeys in them, but now we cook wax.

Making candles as a beginner, I know of some who use a coffee can in a pan of water, with a candy thermometer for temperature control.

2. Once the wax has completely melted, we add color wax dye, if color is wanted. We then let the wax dye melt for about 5 minutes.  Stir it until it is completely disolved and mixed in. 

Some scents, I have found, have their own unique colors and do not need color added. like Gardinia, it comes out a shade of green.

Try to remember that wax is hotter when it has melted, then when it is melting.  Why? Because some of you try to make this "instant wax melt" and this takes time.  If it is smoking, you have the temperature to high. 

Once again - wax will catch fire if it gets to 390 degrees or there abouts.  It is like grease and burst into flames on it's on if you have the temp. to high.  Use your common sense.  It is no dangerous then cooking, but you have to have common sense.  Wax takes time to melt.  That is just how it is.

One block of dye will color up to 20 pounds of wax.  It comes out a nice pastel color.  You must use more a deeper color.  But remember, too much will spoil your attempt at making a candle.

     3. We add 2 and 1/2 ounces of scent, by weight, (this if very important as every scent weighs differently - see our About Our Scent page in our blue links section) per 5 pound block of wax.  We stir till dissolved.  We use a high price digital scale now, but in the beginning we used one of those food scales.  You have to be careful with the scent, as I have found it can eat through some plastics and it will remove paint!

     4.We pour the wax mixture into our containers or molds. (Saving a little for later).

We already have our pre-tabbed pre-waxed wick placed in the votive molds or short candles, before we pour the wax.   Sometimes if the wax is too hot, the wick will slump over; we just wait awhile and gently straighten them up.

If we are doing taller candles, we just let the cooling process take place without'll see.

Like I said, we let the candles cool over night.  During the cooling process, the wax will contract causing a sink hole down the middle of the candle. (See our secret of making candles trouble shooting page) This is normal and we did nothing wrong.  We just fill the hole in with more wax the next day.  We call this topping off! 

     The amount needed to top off a the candles the next day will vary and you will just have to work it out. I can't say how much because it varies in every single case.

     In larger candles, we've pour the wax mixture in and let it cool overnight.  Then we pop the candle out the next day - drill holes thru the candle with a very long drill bit, push the wick thru the hole, plop the candle back down in the mold and fill it the rest of the way up! See the pictures on the left side.

     We purchased our long drill bit at Lowes.  This assures us of a perfectly straight wick!  No wiggle worming with the cooling process. 

     See, since hard wax expands, when it heats, and contracts, when it cools, sometimes it will make our wick "snake" up during the process.  That is why we like to drill our holes after the first pour and put our wicks in that way.  Kind of like threading a needle.  See our section on Wax Melting for Beginners.

     That is about it. See the basics of candle making instructions are not hard to grasp.

We try to see help make making candles easier for you with a little help.

      After this we can decorate it anyway we want! Caking for cake candles, pouring dripping of different colored waxes over the top for a grunge look, or there is even a medium to mix with acrylic paints and paint your own design.

          We just use our imagination, lots of experimentation, and, of course..........our own unique hard wax - blended by us!

         See all our candle making instructions, like the snowman, the apple pies, and the grunging.  You don't even need a mold for the snowman!
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Christmas Scented Candles
beginner candle making
We use a regular bunt cake pan from Walmart, as the base mold for this one.
We use a Hamilton Roaster for melting our wax.

However, I need to say that Hamilton Beach does not make these roasters for wax melting. 
Hamiliton Beach Roaster for Candle Making
Pouring Wax in Mold for Candle Making
     Candle Making Instructions Tip - Homemade candles are easy, if a little messy.  Remember cover everything with newspaper or cardboard.  That way it won't be hard to clean up.  We set our candles on cookie sheets for easy storage, moving out of the way, ect.

      Let your first candle making instructions project easy to clean up and you will want to do more real soon.

Try some of our other instructions and tell us what you think.

Now here is some things we don't do and you should really follow these instructions!  Candle making instructions for your safety.

Don't use a microwave to melt wax.

Never leave wax on a stove without adult supervision.  Wax has a flash point and will catch fire if it gets to hot!  Just like grease!

If we accidentally spill hot wax on us, we cool with tap cold water.  Brushing it off just spreads the wax and burns more.  This is also why we keep the temperature lower, so we don't get burnt.

We Never, NEVER, pour the liquid wax down our drain.....anymore.  Chris did it once, that was enough. She said it wasn't her brains' brightest shining moment.

Pour scented candles in a well ventilated area, these are chemicals, remember that. 
You wouldn't enhale bleach all day or lysol, would you?

Do not drink the liquid, nor do we let small children around the smells like it would taste good! 

Don't let the wax and scent mixture to linger on the heat as this will evaporate the scent!

Only pour wax into containers made to hold hot liquids - never pour hot wax into cold glass containers. 

Never burn a candle in a container not made to stand high temperatures.

Never leave a burning candle alone.

I guess that covers most of what we don't do anymore..........but we do use our own candle making supply!  O, but read this part here..............

Never have the wax in direct contact with the heat source.  Wax is like grease, as it has a flash point. In general, wax has a flash point of 300 degrees. A flash point is the point where the wax is so hot that it burst into flames all by itself. So I say "IN GENERAL" the flash point of wax is 300 degrees. I tell everyone - if wax is smoking, it is too hot.  The vapors produced are extremely flammable for any heat source like a stove.  Use the double boiler.  Don't melt it in a microwave.  Our wax isn't made for this.  I like my wax at 150 degrees for a variety of reasons.

Most paraffin waxes have a flash point around 300 F. When it reaches its flash point it may not smoke or bubble, it will usually just explode, splattering flaming wax in all directions. To avoid this catastrophe, always use the double boiling method to melt your wax. Water boils at 212 F, which is well below the flash point of any paraffin wax.

Yes, I said this twice in different ways, I want you to get the message.  USE A DOUBLE BOILER!

You can see the exact same roaster I use in the photo on this page. 
Now, saying that -  Hamliton Beach, nor Kitchen Collections advertises these roasters for wax melting.  It is only what I use.

You still can't go off and leave your wax melting without supervision - even if you use a double boiler.  Wax, like grease, ignites all by itself when it gets to hot.  So, if you wax is smoking, it is to hot!  You simply can't be to busy when melting wax, you can't go doing something else in another room.
Pouring the wax into a base mold, using an old coffee pot purchased from a flea market.
Releasing the candle. See the sink hole?
Taking the candle out of the base mold, after it has cooled overnight.
Drilling the hole for wick.
Drilling hole for wick, after the candle has been poured and cooled over night.
Putting the wick in the base.
Free candle making instructions
We drilled our wick holes, placed our wick in. Then poured more wax in the top to seal the wick up and make the top level.
Placing wick in drilled hole.
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