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6 Tips For Beginner Candle Makers

Candle making can be a fun, relaxing hobby, or a profitable business. However, it can also be tricky for beginners. In this blog post, we will discuss 6 tips that will help you get started in candle making and resources to help you learn more about the art of candle making. So, whether you are just starting out, or you have been making candles for years, these tips will help you create beautiful and successful candles every time!

Tip #1: Choose the right vessel for your candle.

The first step to making a great candle is choosing the right vessel. There are many different types of candles, and each type requires a different type of container.

-Jar Candles: Glass jars are the most common type of container for jar candles. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colours. Make sure to choose a jar that is heat-resistant and has a wide mouth for easy pouring.

-Tea-light Candles: Tea-light candles are small, round candles that are meant to be burned in a metal cup. These cups can be purchased at most craft stores.

-Pillar Candles: Pillar candles are taller, thinner candles that can be made in a variety of different types of moulds. Silicone moulds are a great option for beginners, as they are easy to use and release the candles easily.

-Votive Candles: Votive candles are small, round candles that are meant to be burned in a glass holder. These holders can be purchased at most craft stores.

-Coconut bowls candles: Choose a coconut that is big enough to fit the wick through the hole in the bottom. The bowl doesn’t need to be deep, but it should be wide enough to catch any melted wax.

Tip #2: Choose the right wax

There are many different types of waxes available for candle making. The most common type of wax is paraffin wax, but there is also soy wax, beeswax, and coconut wax, which are our favourite waxes here at CocoCandles. Each type of wax has its own unique properties, so be sure to choose the one that is best suited for your needs.

Paraffin wax:

-it is the least expensive type of wax

-it has a high melting point, so it is easy to work with

-it holds colour and scent well

-unfortunately however despite its benefits, as a byproduct of petroleum refining this wax releases harmful chemicals into the air when burned and contributes to environmental pollution

Soy wax:

-is made from soybeans, which are a renewable resource

-releases fewer harmful chemicals into the air when burned than paraffin

-is biodegradable and environmentally friendly

-has a lower melting point than paraffin wax

Coconut wax:

-has a beautiful, natural aroma

-is environmentally friendly

-burns clean and doesn't produce soot

Bees Wax:

-is a natural wax

-has a beautiful, honeyed scent

-is environmentally friendly

-is non-toxic

Tip #3: Choose the right wick

The type of wick you choose will also affect the quality of your candles. The most common type of wick is made from cotton, but there are also wicks made from paper, wood, and even metal.

Cotton wicks:

-are the most common type of wick

-are easy to find and relatively inexpensive

-burn evenly and produce little soot

Paper wicks:

-are made from recycled paper

-burn quickly and can create a lot of soot

-are not as common as cotton wicks

Wooden wicks:

-create a beautiful crackling sound when burned

-are made from sustainable sources

-can be more expensive than other types of wicks

Metal wicks:

-are made from copper, zinc, or tin

-burn evenly and produce little soot

-can be more expensive than other types of wicks

Tip #4: Choose the right fragrance

When it comes to choosing a fragrance for your candles, the sky is the limit! There are literally thousands of different fragrance oils available on the market. However, not all fragrance oils are created equal. Some fragrance oils will smell great in the bottle but will not hold up well when burned in a candle. Others may smell fine when burned, but will not throw well, meaning that the scent will not be very strong. And still others may smell great and throw well, but will cause your candles to discolour or even crack. So, how do you choose the right fragrance oil for your candles?

The best way to find a good quality fragrance oil is to buy from a reputable candle supply company. There are many great companies out there that sell high quality fragrance oils. If you are unsure of which brand to buy, ask around in your local candle making community or do a search online for “high quality fragrance oils”. or check out our very own tried and tested range here at CocoCandles.

Tip #5 Use a pouring jug to evenly pour your candle wax

Pouring your candle wax into the mould can be a bit tricky. If you pour too slowly, the wax will cool and harden before it reaches the bottom of the mould. If you pour too quickly, the wax will splash and make a mess. The best way to avoid these problems is to use a pouring jug. A pouring jug is a specially designed container that has a spout on one side. This spout allows you to control the flow of wax so that it pours evenly into the mould.

Tip #6: Trim your wicks

Be sure to trim your wicks before each use. This will help ensure that your candles burn evenly and safely. Use a wick trimmer, or scissors to trim the wicks to about ¼ inch. If you let your wicks get too long, they will start to smoke and produce soot. If you let them get too short, the flame will be extinguished. Wick trimmers are a great tool to have on hand, but if you don’t have one, a pair of scissors will do the trick.

Now that you know these five tips, you’re ready to start making your own candles! Just remember to take your time, be patient, and have fun! If you make a mistake, don’t worry – it’s all part of the learning process. Happy candle making!

What tips do you have for beginner candle makers? 

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