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Update On Candle Making At Home
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Update On Candle Making At Home

Hello form home projects central, (my new name for these insane projects I have taken on.) I know many of my readers have been waiting for my update on my second home project, "Candle Making At Home" so pull up a chair and lets get it rolling.

How it turned out

The project actually went really well compared to my first project. Before we ( my wife and I ) started we let all the neighbors know what we were up to and asked one of them to watch the cats, (snicker) and the dog in case we ended up with visitors.I made sure I had the fire extinguisher handy and strategically placed the garden hose by the back door, wondering to myself just what I would be creating if I needed to spray cold water on hot wax, hmmm. I am happy to say we did not get any visitors in uniform this time, but we did find out that a digital camera does not float in hot wax, so we are lacking any good pictures. I will say that the picture I found for this article is almost identical to how ours turned out.

The Process

We picked a simple guide to use for directions I found doing a search on Google, and we were lucky as far as me finding a crate in our basement containing a complete do it yourself candle making kit including the molds.We followed the directions to the letter and ended up with some pretty cool candles. The colors leave a bit to b3e desired, but other than that they are all good. We tested one out last night and it burned well.

How difficult was it?

It was pretty easy, besides the time it takes to cool the molds down and get them off the candles. It ended up being an all day project but that was OK as we both had a great time doing it. I believe this is a cost effective thing to do once you invest in all the stuff you need like the wicks, the wax and the molds.

What is next?

Well, it will be soap, but this time we were thinking of making some of our own home made laundry detergent and dish soap. It has to be easier than bar soap but just in case I have set aside a bit of cash in case we need to invest in a cleaning company.

Thanks for reading and please feel free to share this article and leave any questions and comments below.


Street Talk

Shawn, I think I need to learn how to make candle since we owned a funeral back home in the Philippines (not shame to tell you). I used candles everyday for my altar. Thanks!

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  about 9 years ago

I have some spares, lol

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  about 9 years ago

Nice article! Happy to get an update. I sort of gave up candles for the moment - I'm with my folks right now and my dad's on oxygen:-) The idea of making candles interests me because I use unscented candles. That takes some doing, finding unscented in a world of every possible scent of candles - unscented gets left out (or sold out?:-).

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  about 9 years ago

I have some1 LOL Sorry bout your dad, hope he is OK

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks!

  
  about 9 years ago

This sounds like some fun, Shawn. Burning down the neighborhood--singeing the cats--cameras in hot wax--watta party! My favorite has always been beeswax candles that are made from rolled-up sheets of the hive-cells--they cost a bundle, but they last longer, have a better light, and they don't leave that smog cloud when you blow them out. But I can't imagine how in the world they make them. One of my FB-friends is a beekeeper, if you want a link..

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  about 9 years ago

Wow, yes please toss me one

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  about 9 years ago

Good article, Shawn,. I've been interested in making candles for a long time. Think I'll try it as soon as time permits. I saw something a few years ago on making candles where crayons were put inside the jar where the candle was poured and it made a very pretty and unusual candle.

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  about 9 years ago

I did read about that a while back. I do have a whole box of old crayons. My wife will not throw anything remotely labeled as possible craft staff away, witch covers everything but raw garbage, lol

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  about 9 years ago
Golfspice  

As well as a website, you could start your very own cottage industry. This is probably how Wallmart started!

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  about 9 years ago

lol

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  about 9 years ago

You damaged your digital camera.... You'll have me in tears, that is so much more important to have than candles, please go and buy a new one....

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  about 9 years ago

It is funny, when I typed that the link showed up automatically from my amazon account. How it passed the screening I do not know.

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks for the information Shawn look forward to reading about how the laundry detergent goes. Did you use anything to add scent to the candles.

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  about 9 years ago

No scent this time, but next time it will be vanilla, I love the smell of a vanilla candle!

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  about 9 years ago
Joan S  

What do you use for color? What kind of wax do you use? We go through candles like crazy. Probably would be a good idea to make some. The soy candles last a long time. Have you made some with bees wax? Nice article.

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  about 9 years ago

I used the wicks and wax that was in the kit, but I know you can buy it at the craft store and you can also mix in old candles. For the color they had this stuff in a bottle that was really weird, like food coloring, only it did not mix very well, or we did it wrong

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  about 9 years ago
AJ  

Glad to hear the fire department wasn't needed and the only damage was to your digital camera. I have a recipe for soy candles I've been wanting to make, probably in glass jars as I don't have molds. I need to figure out where to obtain some wicks...I'm guessing any arts / crafts stores will have them, but I haven't checked yet. Thanks for another inspiring article!

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks AJ. You can get wicks at any craft store

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  about 9 years ago
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