The Problems Experienced When Making Candles At Home And How To Solve Them

Posted on Saturday 1 January 2011

The craft of candle making never loses its fantastic appeal and suits experts and novices alike. As with all hobbies though there can be hiccups and problems. Experienced candle makers will know all about this but people starting out may become discouraged and just decide to do something else to pass their time. If beginners do stick with it however they soon find out that these seemingly insurmountable problems actually often have quite simple solutions. You can imagine then that it is advisable to start out making basic candles before progressing to making a wonderfully fragranced candle that would have pride of place anywhere.

The most foolproof way to make great candles is to use great ingredients. There is a saying that says ‘you cann’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear’, its exactly the same with candles. If you use cheap low grade wax then don’t be surprised if you make a cheap low grade candle. The quality of the wax is very important but so is the way the wax is used in making the candle. Melting temperature is very important, not hot enough and when its poured the wax won’t form correctly, but heat it too much and this will affect its lustre and overall strength when set.

When you make a fragranced candle they can totally change the mood of a room, how disappointing then, if you lit one and all it did was fill the room with smoke. The simple reason for this is that the candle has been made with the wick too long and what a simple remedy, just get any candles you have already made and cut the wick back. Then learn by your mistake and make any candles in the future with a shorter wick – simple.

Some candles have a wonderful scent, but they look unattractive after only a few uses because of a crater that formed in the centre of the candle, despite the fact that the sides are untouched. This problem is caused by a wick that isn’t wide enough. There isn’t much that can be done for previously made candles except melt the candle to retrieve the wax and start over. A solution is to buy a wick that’s wider or simply braid three wicks together to make a more suitable thickness. A good rule of thumb is the broader the candle, the wider the wick will need to be for your candle to melt evenly.

Under no circumstances when it comes to cooling the candle that the process is accelerated, using running water for example. Cooling that candle in this way could damage the candle and reduce its strength. Bubbles could also form in the wax especially on the top and in the middle, this could cause the wick to extinguish as the bubbles fill up with melted wax. It is very important that the candles are allowed to cool in an area that is flat and not in direct sunlight, you should ensure that you will not use this area to allow the candle to cool undisturbed. It is also an advantage to keep the cooling area away from heating or cooling vents.

If when making jar candles you notice the wax pulling away from the jar then heating the jars in a microwave or oven for one or two minutes before filling them will help the melted wax stick to the jar correctly with a really smooth look around the jar.

There are some basic and fundamental steps that must be followed for successful candle making, if these steps are followed then beginners should have no problems. Experimenting with different techniques will help a beginner to gain experience and confidence in working with different waxes. However, it is always a good idea to make a few candles to begin with in case things go wrong, materials can be expensive to replace. If things do go wrong however, or you are not happy with a finished candle you can easily melt the candle and start again, this is all part of the learning experience.

Looking to find how to start candle making, then visit www.swankeecandles.com to find the best advice on candle making crafts and necessary equipment.

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