Friday, March 19, 2010

Candle Dipping

For the longest time now, I have wanted to dip my own candles.
Reasons?
A: I love learning new skills
B: I enjoy burning candles frequently, but buying 'good' candles are pricey.
C: I want good candles, not the dollar store variety.
D: Beeswax candles burn clean and smell sweet like honey.
E: Learning how to make candles just adds to my list. My list is a mental list I keep of things I wnat to learn to do for myself and/or my family.

So I gathered my supplies.
You need some type of double-boiler.
You need your wax.
You need wicking.
You need somewhere to hang the candles.

Melt your wax in your double-boiler.
This can take a while unless you have the wax cut up in smallish sections.
You want your inside pot to be a bit tall so you can make longer tapers.
The shorter the pot, the shorter the candles will be.

Next, measure your wicking and double it with an extra inch or so. You are going to fold it in half and dip two candles at a time.
Make sure your place to hang the candles to dry is tall enough also, so your candles don't hit the counter-top.
Now begin dipping.

There is no easy way around it, it takes a while and every little bit adds up to the final product... so you just have to keep at it.
Dip it, hang it, dip it, hang it... over and over til you get the candle you are looking for.
You once and a while have to stop and form or pinch off, those parts can be a bit tricky... but that is all
part of the learning experience.
When you have achieved what you are looking for...
Then in the evening, it gets even better...
Simply beautiful!
I have my all-natural beeswax candles in my etsy shop right now if you are interested in having some in your home.
Have a lovely day!

2 comments :

  1. Chas,
    Where did you get your supplies and do you think it is cost effective to make them?
    We have been wanting to do it, but can't seem to find a decent place to buy beeswax.
    Emily

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  2. Chas, you're so crafty! The West Ladies would be tickled with your new skill, lol! Fabulous job. :o)

    Wawa

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