Customize that Candle, be Creative!

by Helene Malmsio

If you are in the process of learning how to make candles, you will also want to know how to decorate candles with trimmings of all sorts.

Through time, the uses of candles have been changing. For some countries, they are basic tools for worship. They would always be found on churches, temples and other worship places.

Cakes come with candles too; this gives them the “symbolic” touch. This makes them as part of ceremonies such as inauguration, commencement activities and the like.

Today, candles are a part of a growing industry. They are making it big on the market especially the “gel candles”. What makes gel candles so in demand for costumers?

Well, since it is made of mineral oil and plastic polymer, it could last long and in fact, it is so easy to make. At home, one could try making these gel candles without too much hassles and expenses.

You could follow the steps below:

1. Find a container that would best hold into form the candle you have in mind. Make sure that you will be using non-flammable containers. Use glass if available, they could show the gel.

2. Plan to have the wick like about 1.5 inches from the sides and dribble a spot of hot glue on the bottom of the container you used.

3. Stick the wick on the hot glue and let it cool down for a few minutes. Don’t use cotton as core wick, zinc is the best choice.

4. For the gel, cut the gel wax into small parts or cubes and place it into a container and heat it up. Make sure that the heat is not too hot or too cold. 200 Fahrenheit could make it melt well.

5. Maintain the advised temperature until such time that the wax would melt and turn into a smooth and a bit thick liquid. For more attractive effects, you could use coloring materials that would create a better effect to the product.

6. Do not use coloring materials that would make the gel lose its transparency. Ignore the use of water-based and paste dyes as a combination. They do not complement each others components.

7. Pour ¼ of essential oil or gel scent for more effects that would make the candle “marketable”. When pouring such, add more wax cubes if there is a “cloudy” effect on the liquid.

8. Scents you use must be alcohol-free.

9. When you are about to pour the candle liquid on a container, set a level mark and make sure that the liquid will not pass over it.

10. Make it a point to preheat the container (150 degrees). This would minimize the presence of bubbles that may ruin the form of the finished product.

11. Then pull up the wick and be sure that it goes up in the center of the candle. Let the candle cool down for 3-4 hours. Trim the wick at about ¼ inch.

Then it is time to consider if you want to decorate your candles. You can cover the candles with dried flowers or paper embellishments or simple leaves or even lace.

Just apply the trimmings to the candle and then coat it with a clear layer of melted wax. That will embed the trims and they will glow beautifully when the candle burns down to that point of the column candle.

You can also simply trim the candle base with pine cones and ribbons; or place it in a bowl of pot pourri.

Another way to be creative with your candle is to glue or tie a wide decorative ribbon at the base of the pillar candle. Make a big bow and it will be totally unique to you.

These steps are so easy to follow. You do not need to let go of your cash every time you need candles at home. You could pour out your own artistry and put a personal touch in the candles you use.

This would be a very good past time as well as a way of cost-cutting. In the long run, this may be a great start of putting up your own candle business.

With just a low amount of capital and your determination to make it big, you may have the heart of an entrepreneur beneath your chest.
Learn more about how to make candles and also how to start a candle making business here: How to Make Candles!

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