If you’ve recently ventured into the art of candle-making, then you know that a candle making kit is a must-have. Here are some of the basic tools every candlemaker needs in his or her toolbox.
If you want to know what tools to have, know first what kind of candle you’re going to make. This is essential in deciding the tools you’re going to need.
Some of these include the following:
Having a basic knowledge of the different kinds of candles is one of the things most people miss when writing down their candle making kit checklist.
In general, candle wax is what keeps the wick burning and melting before vaporizing. However, there’s more to this than it sounds; there are different types of wax for different purposes.
Wicks draw fuel from the candle and add it to the flame. Their performance is affected by the amount of fragrance, the dye, and the kind of wax you use.
Below are some of the most commonly used kinds of wicks in candle making:
Often, molds or containers are made of three different materials: silicone, plastic, and metal.
Plastic and silicone molds offer more diverse sizes and shapes, making it perfect for making interesting and cool candle shapes. Metal, on the other hand, will often give you the best finish.
Depending on the type of candle you’re making, you might need to purchase vases, tea light cups, bowls, votive holders, etc. Keep your candle wax in mind as some of them are completely unsuitable for certain containers.
A double boiler, otherwise known as a bain-marie, is the most advisable way to melt candle wax because it doesn’t burn the wax. Complicated as it sounds, most people already have the tools they need to assemble one together.
How to make a double boiler:
Needless to say, you’ll also be needing your heat source such as a hot plate or a stove to melt your candle wax.
Fragrance oils make for great additives to any candle since they infuse the candles with soothing aromas of food, spices, flowers, and other relaxing scents.
Typically, you’ll be needing about an ounce of oil for every pound of wax. Most candle waxes have a recommendation for the amount of fragrance oil you need to use on them.
Fragrance oils and other essential oils are readily available online.
You’ll also be needing candle dye if you want to color your candles. Different kinds of dye are easily available online. They also come in different varieties such as liquid, block, and flake.
Remember that dye tends to lighten once it dries up, so it might be better to get a few drops of your melted wax on a white surface to see how it’ll look like once dried.
These include a whole range of other items for measurement, utility, and decoration.
A scale will be useful for measuring your wax, fragrance oils, and dye. A thermometer is also necessary for keeping your melted wax at the right temperatures.
A set of hot glue gun and sticks is also a must-have when positioning the candle wick on the bottom of your chosen container. Similarly, rubbing alcohol, gloves, paper towels, and some newspapers can also come in handy in keeping your work surfaces, hands, and skin protected from hot, melted wax or glue.
Labels and other decorative items are also essential for giving your DIY candles their own unique aesthetic and feel. They’re great especially if you’re planning on using these candles as gifts, as the decorations can adapt to the occasion.
With your candle making kit checklist complete, learn how to make a basic candle with this beginner-friendly guide from eHowHome:
There you have it! Complete everything in the candle making kit checklist above and you should be all set to start making your very own DIY candles at home. Have fun, DIYers!
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