Candle making is a fun and rewarding hobby. Making your own candle puts you in control of the scent, colour, shape and size of your candle. Shaping a candle requires a mould, such as the flexible silicone type. These moulds can be purchased specifically for candle making through candle supply shops. However, you can also make a silicone mould from items you probably already have around the house, as well.
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Things you need
- Silicone cake pans
- Silicone muffin pans
- Silicone candy moulds
- Candle wax
- Double boiler
- Candle fragrance oil and colourants (optional)
Look around your kitchen cupboards for silicone cake pans, muffin pans and even candy moulds. These moulds withstand high temperatures and work well as silicone candle moulds. Consider what size and shape you want your candle to be, use a cake pan or muffin pan for traditionally shaped candles, or use a candy mould for fun and whimsical candles.
Place your double boiler on the stove, and melt your wax.
Cut off enough candle wick so that it rises about 1/4 inch over the top of the mould. Place the wick into the mould, leaving that 1/4 inch sticking up.
Make sure the wax is thoroughly melted. (If you are adding fragrance and colour, now's the time to do it.) Carefully pour the wax into your prepared mould.
Allow the candles to harden for four to six hours, then release from the mould (carefully) by gently twisting the mould and removing the candle.
Tips and warnings
- Remember, a big cake pan will make a big candle which you may not want. On the other hand, you can add chocolate or vanilla fragrance to the candle wax. Then drizzle coloured wax on the finished candle and decorate it to look like a cake.
- Only use silicone pans for candle making that you no longer want to use for making cakes or candy. The wax, colourants and fragrance used in candles will likely ruin your pan for anything other than candle making from that point on.
- Be extremely careful when working with hot wax--it burns. Consider wearing protective gloves when making candles to spare your skin an accidental and painful burn.
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