Candle making is not at all complicated and candle making instructions can quite easily be followed. However, this involves an artistic element that you will obtain only from practice. You will need some wax, a few wicks, candle making molds and you are all set to make a candle. You can even go in for some fragrance and color, if you want your candle to look and smell good. You can make either a container candle or a molded candle and candle making instructions state that both are equally good choices for a beginner.
Step # 3. As you are waiting for the wax to melt you are going to want to prepare the wick and the mold. Make sure that the mold is free of dust and hair. Now string the wick through the wick tab if this is not already done for you. When this is done then simply put the wick tab at the bottom of the mold. Many people use glue to hold the wick tab in place, this is a great idea as otherwise the wick tab may fall out of place as you pour the gel wax in.
Use a dropper when you add liquid color dye. Using a dropper will enable you to come up with a mixture that is precisely proportioned which is very useful if you need to reproduce a candle with the same color shade. Let your creative juices flow as you mix colors.
Would you be surprised to learn that Candle making wax consists mostly of oil? Yes it’s true. Gel candles consist of 95% oil with 5% resin powder added to form a gel. Gel candles require different equipment and are slightly more difficult to make then the typical wax candles. The melting point of gel is very high usually being around 200 degrees F. However it varies depending on the density of the gel.
I know you are asking yourself this question: What if I want to make strong scented candles and heavier embed materials, what grade will I be using? Don’t forget that you still have one density candle left. And this density gel will answer your question. The High Density candle, also known as the CHP grade can hold up to 5% of fragrance and hold your embeds strongly because it has a high polymer quantity.
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Next in line is the Medium density, also known as the CMP grade. Medium density gels are probably the most widely used. It can hold up to 4% fragrance and can hold your embed materials pretty well because it has medium polymer quantity. If your embeds are light then this is a good gel to use. In addition, this kind of candle can melt and pour easily.
After you have added your dye and fragrance it will be time to pour your candles. It is recommended that a gel candle should be poured between 185 and 200 degrees. Try to pour slowly to reduce the amount of bubbles forming inside the candles. Pouring at a lower temperature will add to the amount of bubbles you end up with. You are now going to allow the candles to cool down for a couple of hours. After letting your candle cool down for several hours you will have to trim the candle wicks and that’s it you have just completed your very first gel candle fell free to try out different colors sizes and scents.