Candles for home decoration are among the most preferred accessories. Leave their functionality aside, we prefer candles in our living spaces, even for aesthetic pleasure only. Also, the candle is always a good gift. You can give away candles you make as handmade gifts. Your loved ones will adore these colorful, fragrant candles!
What you need to make candles
- Wax or beeswax
- Food coloring
- Vegetable oil
- Candle wick
- Little heat-resistant glass jar(s)
Step 1: Prepare the area where you will work
Wax/beeswax melts and drips; so, cover the area you chose for making candles with an old towel or newspaper. Since candle making is a fast process, keep materials such as candle wick and jars ready for use.
Step 2: Melting the wax
Firstly, add plenty of water to a large saucepan. Place as much wax as you wish in a heat-resistant glass container and place it on the saucepan. You should take care that water does not come into contact with the bottom of the container. While the wax melts, you can facilitate the melting by breaking down large pieces with a plastic spatula.
Step 3: Fixing the wick
While wax continues to melt, fix the wick in the jar. The bottom of some wicks is sticky; if your wick is not sticky, you can attach and fix the wick to the bottom of the jar with any strong adhesive. Note that you have to adjust the wick length longer than the jar length.
Step 4: Adding the vegetable oil and food coloring
Add 4-5 drops of the vegetable oil varieties you choose to the melted wax. Then add it to the wax from the food dye of your choice, according to the desired color intensity. Mix with your spatula for 30 seconds. Completely mixing of oil and paint with melted wax is important for candle making and your results. If you have not fully understood the intensity of the color in the melted wax, drip a drop of the mixture on a cold surface and wait for it to harden. After the drop hardens, the color you will achieve after the candle making stages will be revealed. If you want to intensify the color, you can add more paint to the already melted wax.
Step 5: Molding the Wax
After adding coloring and oil, cool the melted mixture for a few minutes. Gently hold the wick and after make sure the jar is centered, then pour the mixture slowly into your jar. Wait a few hours and shorten the part of the wick outside the wax after the wax mixture has hardened. It is enough to leave 1 cm of wick from the surface of the candle. Now your candle is ready!
After all these steps, you can ornament the outside of the glass jar if you wish. Or you can burn your fragrant candle that will add warmth to your room without waiting.
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