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How to Make Candles, Candlemaking Instructions, and Product Recommendations


Candle Making for Beginners

Candlewic Mascot: Chandler

Welcome to Candle Making for Beginners. It's the section of our web site dedicated to helping new candle makers understand the products and processes required to make candles.

Get Started!

If you just want to make candles as a craft project, this section can help you too. Just select one of the candle making kits, follow the instructions and you'll be on your way to making unique candles for your craft project. The kits are a great way to learn to make candles. They also make great gifts.

IMPORTANT: Because this section is designed for beginners, it does not include all of the various methods that can be used to make candles. We have deliberately simplified the processes to help people get started. For more detailed information and instructions about our products, please browse our candlemaking supplies pages.

Need Advice? Just fill out the Ask Chandler form, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

The Legend of Chandler

Chandler is Candlewic's Mascot, but do you know how he became a friend to the candle making community and Candlewic's most senior employee? Many of you may recognize Chandler from boxes used for shipping merchandise or seeing his picture on letterhead or in catalogs. Chandler now has a new assignment. Promoted to Assistant for Candle Making Education or ASCME, Chandler will be a guide and resource primarily for those new to candle making as well as those candle makers who may need help from time to time.

Chandler's involvement in candle making dates back to the early seventies when the founders of Candlewic, Betty and Bill Binder, were traveling in California. Attending an art show, they met an unknown artist and cartoonist named Charles Schultz who had more than he could handle with a dog and a bunch of kids. Mr. Schultz suggested to Betty and Bill that they hire Chandler. After giving the suggestion some thought, Betty and Bill agreed knowing they would need help with their new company, Candlewic. Of course it was good for Mr. Schultz also, because it would free up his time so he could pay more attention to his dog and kids. Chandler wants to hear from you via email. He can be reached at Please write: Attn: Chandler in the subject line. Please, no phone calls.

6 Responses to "How to Make Candles, Candlemaking Instructions, and Product Recommendations"

Miriam Gomez

4:09 PM on June 22, 2016
I would like to know if there is a video on how to make a snow ball candle. Thank you

Candlewic Staff

12:00 PM on August 9, 2016
Unfortunately, we do not have a video. But we did feature how to make the snowball candles in a past issue of our Enlightener which can be found in the link below for "View Candle Making Newsletter Back Issues".

V Mcmillan

1:11 PM on August 13, 2017
When making a gel candle and considering scent, what exactly do you mean by 1-3% scent? Also, I've read not to use essential oils for candle making, what scent/oils will burn best for gel candles?

The Candlewic Company

10:31 AM on August 14, 2017
Hello V,

The 1-3% refers to the amount of the candle component. For example, if mixing a 100 pound batch and you have 1% fragrance load of the 100 pounds, 1lb would be fragrance and the 99 pounds would be gel. If 3% fragrance load it would be 3 pounds of fragrance and 97 pounds of gel. In a smaller scale it can be difficult to effectively weigh these out but generally if mixing in a 4lb pound pouring pot and you want a 3% fragrance load it would be 1.92 ounces of fragrance and 62.08 ounces of gel. Definitely DO NOT use essential oil with gel wax.

Thank you!

shirley galloway

12:47 PM on October 31, 2017
How do you know what wick goes for each container candle? can you measure them someone gave me some wicks and I am not sure what size of container it will fir? THanks

The Candlewic Company

4:54 PM on November 1, 2017
Hi Shirley,

Wick sizing is always the biggest challenge to making candles. The type and melt point of the wax you are using, the diameter of the finished candle and even the color/fragrance can be a variable in determining the proper wick. Using the proper wick will reduce the smoking, sooting and other negative properties of the candle burning. The chart below can serve as a starting point to determine which wick will work properly in your application.

In addition the article in our Newsletter can also help you choose the proper wick.

Thank you!
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