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How to Make Candles & Why a Candle Class is a Must

Lady Adding Finishing Touch To Hand Made Candle

Whether you’re looking to make money or just have some fun, candle making is a gratifying and artistic act that will bring light to anyone’s life.

The possibilities of candle making are endless. You can include every color imaginable and design patterns such as tye dye, marbling, or even add glitter for an extra shine. Further, making candles allows you to pick the scents you’ve always searched for but have never been able to find.

Candle making can be surprisingly difficult, so we’ve decided to guide you through the process. People tend to underestimate how difficult it can be without some mentoring and a supplier that can give you all the ideal resources for getting started. That’s what we’re here for! Read on and follow up by taking one of our incredible classes.

How do you make homemade candles?

Start with the Essentials:

  • Premium Soy Wax
  • Fragrance Oils
  • Wicks
  • Containers

With these four ingredients, you can learn and master the artful process of candle making.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make a candle:

  1. First, you will melt the wax down. Placing a metal container into a pot on the stove is a respectable but old-fashioned way to make candles. We recommend using a microwave. It is highly convenient and allows artisans to utilize tools like Pyrex measuring cups.
  2. Once the wax melts, add your favorite fragrance oil. You’ll provide about a 7% fragrance load for a balanced effect.
  3. Find a wick that suits your purposes by checking out our guide on wick size! Use a wick sticker to make sure the wick will stay put.
  4. Once the wax cools to about 135 degrees, pour the wax into the container you chose.
  5. Let it solidify, and there you have it! A bringer of warmth and light for you or a customer!

How to make a candle burn evenly

The most important part of the candle making process is priming the wick. You want to ensure the wax has a consistent density so that it burns down correctly without going out at undesired times.

Priming your candle wick

  1. While your candle wax is still in its liquid state, hold the tip of the wick between your fingers and dip it into the natural wax.
  2. Let the wick sit in the wax until bubbles start rising. This takes about 30 seconds.
  3. Put the wick down onto some parchment or wax paper until it dries.
  4. Cut off the part you were holding and anything below that piece that didn’t have the chance to absorb wax.

When done correctly, your wick will make for a perfect burn.

Some other tips for making candles that burn evenly:

  1. If you have a wide container for your candle, consider putting in multiple candle wicks. About 2 inches apart should be sufficient.
  2. Make sure to use candle-grade wax like soy wax or beeswax.
  3. When pouring your soy wax into its container, make sure the container is on an even surface!

How to make a taper candle?

Here’s how to give your candles that classic tapered look:

  1. Tie a small weight to each end of a cotton string.
  2. Grab your string at the middle point and dip both weights into the wax.
  3. Take them out and dip them into a jar of cold water for a moment.
  4. Repeat this process around ten times.
  5. You will end up with beautifully tapered, antique-style candles!

What kind of wax should I use for candle making?

Ensuring you’re using natural wax is essential. Candle Making Melting wax can get messy and will likely get on your skin. Stay safe out there, and use soy wax or beeswax!

Is it cheaper to make candles or buy them?

These days, candles have gone way up in price. Making your own with a candle making kit will likely be cheaper and allow you to include all the customizations you want. Gathering some herbs from the yard to throw is free and fun!

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Indulge your senses in our hands on candle-making workshop! Unleash your inner artist as you create your signature scent, use vibrant colors, and textures to craft candles that are uniquely yours. Gather your friends, bring a date or even a family night out to our studio, for a memorable candle-making experience in NYC. Book the original candle-making class in New York City today!