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Making Homemade Candles
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Making Homemade Candles

This article is a step-by-step guide for making homemade candles. It's an easy process, and will give you a source of light for whenever the power goes out.

SUPPLIES

1) WAX- You need some form of wax for you candles. Avoid anything that is made with petroleum, as these materials may release cancer-causing agents when burned. Beeswax, and the cheaper choice soy wax, are good options.

2) GLASS CONTAINERS- These will house your candles. Glass works well because it doesn't melt or let off toxic fumes like plastic. Wash them before you begin making candles.

3) WICKS- You will need wicks for your candles. They can be bought cheaply at most craft shops, or if you are crafty you can make some homemade candle wicks.

4) COLOR DYE- Use this if you'd like to color your candles. The more of it you use, the stronger the color will be.

5) FRAGRANCES- You can also add fragrances to make your candles scented. Some popular fragrance combinations:

a) Strength- mix fir, juniper and patchouli oils.

b) Peace- mix rose, honeysuckle and peppermint oils.

c) Abundance- mix clove, lemon balm and citronella oils.

d) Relaxation- add lavender oil.

6) A THERMOMETER- to monitor the temperature of the wax as it melts.

7) A WAX MELTER OR DOUBLE BOILER- You will need this to melt the wax. They can be purchased, but it is very easy to make a homemade double boiler.

MAKING YOUR CANDLES

1) First things first- cover your work space with old newspapers. Wax can be messy and difficult to clean up after it spills.

2) Put the wax in the double boiler and place on top of a stove element. Slowly heat the wax up and stir gently. Use the thermometer to monitor the temperature. When it reaches 150 F, the wax should be fully melted and you can turn off the heat. Avoid having the wax exceed 180 F, as it will begin to discolor.

Caution: Always keep an eye on your wax while it is being heated, as it is combustible at high temperatures.

3) At this point in the process, you can add dyes and fragrances to the wax. Stir them into the wax to distribute them evenly.

4) Pour the wax into the glass containers.

5) Quickly add the wicks to the candles. Place them in the center, reaching close to the bottom of the wax, but not all of the way. You should have about an inch of wick sticking out of the top of the candles.

6) Let the wax cool completely. You now have your own candles ready for use!

Good luck and stay prepared!

Cheers,

RamboMoe


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