how to make perfumed scented candles?

Question by hardambil: how to make perfumed scented candles?
perfumed flavoured scented candles

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Answer by kittenspurr2
CREATING YOUR CANDLES

ITEMS YOU MAY NEED TO PURCHASE

Wax—-Wax can be found anywhere from the supermarket to craft stores, and comes as plain paraffin.

Wick—Available at most any craft or hobby shop in varying sizes.

Scent–This is not required but does add a nice touch to candles. Once again, this can be found in most hobby or craft shops. There are many different varieties of scents you may purchase–such as oil based perfumes, potpourri oils, etc.

Color–Chips of color may be found in craft or hobby shops. There is a very wide variety to be found, according to your own taste.

ITEMS YOU MAY HAVE AT HOME

Heat Source—your stove will do just fine

Double Boiler

Thermometer—Preferably a meat or candy thermometer. It must have a clip that will fasten to the side of the boiler.

Candle Mold—Sturdy coffee cups work nicely. Some requirements: The mold must not be larger at the bottom than at the top–the candle will not come out if this type of container is used. Also, make sure the mold has smooth, even sides.

Kitchen Skewers–If you don’t already have these tools, they can easily be found at most any supermarket.

CREATING YOUR CANDLES

1)Have all your equipment ready and together. Cover the work area with old newspapers so your clean up will be easier.

2)Put the wax into your container and place the container in a pan of water to act as a double boiler. Place the pan of water on the stove top at medium heat. Boil gently; DO NOT let the water boil so hard that it splashes water into the wax.

3)As the wax melts, it is time to ready your mold. If using the suggested coffee cup, make sure it is clean. If using a standard candle mold, prepare it according to manufacturer’s directions.

4)After the wax has completedly melted place the thermometer into the container so that it does not touch the bottom or sides. When the wax has reached one hundred seventy five degrees Farenheit, it is ready to pour.

5)Add the color chip. A good tip: Add only a small piece of the chip at a time to ensure your wax will have the color you desire. You can always add more if you choose, but if you have too dark a color for your liking, it is very difficult to add more wax to tone down the shade. Wax changes color as it cools, so remove a small amount of the colored wax and allow to cool to check for color approval. A cupcake paper works fine, but you can also use a small dish or bowl.

6)Add the desired scent. About a half a teaspoon of the scent will work fine; if too much scent is added be aware that your candle may not burn properly. After adding the scent, stir very well and then pour the scented, colored wax into your mold.

7)Carefully lift the wax container from the water and dry the outside with a clean cloth. (This will keep water from getting into your candle.) Slowly pour the wax into the mold until you’ve reached the proper height. Return the wax to the water and keep hot until the candle is done.

8)As it sets, the wax will shrink. You’ll need to add more of the liquid wax. First, use a skewer to poke the candle, inserting it into the candle as it cools. Do not touch the sides of your mold. This process will add air into the candle, which helps keep its shape when removing it from the mold.

9)Poke the candle several times, at twenty minute intervals. Then, pour more liquid wax from the pan into the hole that’s been created from the skewer. When completely cooled, at about four or five hours, you can remove it from the mold. If the candle sticks to its mold, place it in the refrigerator for an hour; this helps shrink the wax. Do not place in freezer as this will crack the candle.

10)If using a cup, insert again the skewer into the center of the cup as the wax begins to skim over. Being held upright, the skewer will provide a hole for the insertion of the wick. Turn the skewer several times each time you insert the skewer; this helps in keeping the skewer from sticking to the wax and allows for easy withdrawal when the candle is done.

11)To speed up this part of the process, you can place the poured candle into a cold ‘bath’–this is necessary for many kinds of wax. It ensures that bubbles stay out of your candle. Using COLD water, place the mold into the sink. The water level must be higher than the candle level–this will keep your candle free from a water line when it is finished. If using a cup, as suggested, there should be no problem in the wax floating. A heavy cup should keep itself submerged.

12)Inserting the wick is relatively easy. If you do, however, have trouble inserting it after the removal of the skewer, ‘wax’ the wick by dipping it into the liquid wax, letting it harden before placing it into the finished candle—this will ensure that it is straight, most necessarily at the end that will be cut.

13)Depending on the length of the wick, trim it as necessary. Candles burn longer and better when the wick is kept trimmed. This also helps in keeping the flame from buring too hard, which can put a black smoke into the air.

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2 thoughts on “how to make perfumed scented candles?”

  1. I’ve used the remainder of old candles, melted into a mold, using a piece of string as a wick and adding a couple of drops of oil that I use in an oil burner. It’s a good way of getting rid of all the small stubs of candles and you can create crazy shapes that smell great.

  2. Making scented candles isn’t difficult at all. It’s basically melting wax, adding color, scent and other additives, wicking, pouring and cooling.

    There are so many good sites you can learn from:

    You can actually take a free online course in candle making here:

    http://artisanschool.com/courses/

    Candle Making Techniques has very good explanations and pictures of different subjects, especially the basics stuff:

    Basics: http://www.candletech.com/basicinstructions.htm

    A VERY easy way to start is buying a starting kit. They come with everything (including was, wicks, dye, fragrance, etc.), and you can make “real” candles by using them. Check online or just browse your local craft shop.

    Now to get a good scent, it is recommended you use fragrance oils that are dedicated for candles. The standard amount you should use is 1oz (weight) of fragrance oil for 1 pound of wax – unless there are special instructions for that wax or fragrance oil.

    And for all sorts of daily ideas, projects, news, tips and more candle making related information, you can visit my candle making blog, and subscribe to the free newsletter:

    http://candle-making-update.blogspot.com/

    And – the most important thing – don’t forget to have fun too 🙂 Good luck!

    Eran
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