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How To Make Candles

Candle Making For Beginners

My Vote is for Votives

Step 1 Choosing the Proper Wax

There is no need for additives to the 3 waxes mentioned below.

Chandler, assistant to candle making educationVotive/Pillar Blend Wax CBL-141
A quality, consistent blended wax designed to hold large amounts of fragrance. Good release from molds.

143 Melt Point Wax 4045 H
This is a great wax to use when you want to make mottled candles.


Step 2 Selecting Scents

When making paraffin candles, any one of the 160 fragrances we offer is suitable including Ultimate Scents, Scenti Masterbatch, standard fragrances and our various scents on sale. For a good scented candle a 5% fragrance usage level is recommended. A 5% usage works out to about 1 ounce per pound of wax. If purchasing one case of wax you may want to consider up to 2 ½ - 3 pounds of scent.


Step 3 Coloring Your Candles

For smaller batches and color consistency the color buttons are the way to go. There are many tremendous colors including white and black.

Step 4 Working With Wicks

There are many things that go into sizing the wick including the wax you select, how much scent and even the color of your candle. The flat braided wicks generally work best with Votive Candles.

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Wax Type
Wick Type
OK-6228 or
44-24-18 zinc
44-20-18 zinc
44-28-18 zinc
4045 H 44-24-18 zinc
44-20-18 zinc
44-28-18 zinc


Step 5 Shaping Up With Molds

Votive molds are pretty basic. The only real variation is the shape you want to create. Your options include:

The standard Steel Votive cup
There is a Square Votive Mold
and an Octagon Shaped Votive Mold

Step 6 The Right Tools for the Job

When making any type of candle it is important that you have all the necessary equipment to make quality candles.

Pouring Pots
These are needed to take your liquid wax and pour into your molds or containers.Votive pin for centering wick

No candle shop can be without this important tool.

Votive Pin
This pin allows the wick to be centered on each and every pour.

Mold Release
This silicon-based mold release should be poured into any type of mold to make it easier to get the finished candle out of the mold.

Candle Display Box
This display box holds 24 standard votives. Each box is marked with "Handcrafted Candle by ___" with a blank spot to allow you to personalize your shipments.

A good book will serve as a reference tool as well as including safety precautions.



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