Monthly Archives: October 2010

What About Palm Wax?

Palm Wax for candle making is another natural wax similar to soy wax. The raw ingredient comes from palm trees primarily grown in Malaysia. Palm trees grow berries which are harvested and sent to palm oil mills for processing. Eventually the oil is turned into products ranging from edible products including cooking and frying oil […]

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The Benefits of Soy Wax

Soy wax is the favored choice of a lot of candle making experts for a number of reasons. 1. Soy wax is cleaner burning. Paraffin wax comes from petroleum processing while soy wax comes from soybeans. 2. It is biodegradable and a renewable resource. Using soy products also helps support American farmers. 3. Soy wax […]

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Candle Making with Soy Wax

My first soy candle came out very nicely too. I had fewer problems with doing a layered one this time, in part because of what I learned doing the first one and in part because the soy wax acted differently than the paraffin. This time I was more patient and really let a hard top […]

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More Candle Making Clean Up Ideas

On my last project, the layered pillar candle, I experimented with some other clean up ideas. The idea of putting the tools in a warm oven from my post, Tips From a Candle Making Beginner, worked really well. In the meantime, I’d burnt down one of my first candles, the little one in the votive […]

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Pillar Candle Making

Here’s my first pillar candle made in a hexagonal mold. It came out great, although not exactly as planned. I used premium candle wax and the wick that came with the mold. What you see took about a pound of candle wax. Be prepared for some physical work when you break the block of wax […]

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Tips From a Candle Making Beginner

OK! I made my first candles in containers and I learned a couple things not mentioned in the book. #1. The wax melts slowly if you put it in the double boiler in large chunks. My first time, the wax got too hot so I had to turn off the heat and wait for it […]

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How Much Does It Cost To Do Candle Making?

Candle making start up costs are really not very high. You need some basic tools but once you’ve bought them all you need to buy from then on are the candle supplies. Here is a list of the basic tools you’ll need and what they cost me at a local Maryland craft store. Pouring pot: […]

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Welcome to Candle Making DIY

Have you ever wanted to try candle making yourself? You’d be surprised how many people do and how easy it is to make your own candles. You just need a few things to start: Basic instructions Some tools and Candle Making Supplies Pictured above are my first two attempts and I have to say they […]

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Candle Making Kits: the Easy Way to Get Started

One of the easiest and fool-proof ways to get started is with a candle making kit. For the cost of the pouring pot alone you can get the pouring pot plus the candle making supplies needed to make your first few candles. This kit is available through for $16.95 and will have you on […]

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