Making decorative and scented candles and selling decorative and scented candles can be a wonderful business. Actually candle making is one of the best work from home businesses. You can start the candle making business with a small investment and you can perfect the candle making technique easily.
If you are interested on making decorative and scented candles, here is an easy guide to make scented and decorative candles. Once your candles are ready, you can easily sell online and offline.
The candle making begins with melting wax. You can melt the candle wax in various ways. One of the easiest ways to melt wax is by putting wax in a cup and then heating it in the microwave. However, not all kind of wax can be heated in this way. The wax such as soy wax that has a low melting point can be heated in a microwave.
You can melt wax in a double boiler. However, if you do not have a double boiler, you can create your own impromptu equipment for melting wax. Place a saucepan on the stove, pour water and bring it to simmer. Put wax in a container and place it in the saucepan. As the water in the saucepan heats up, wax inside the container gradually melts.
If you are making colored candles or scented candles, you will have to add colorants and scents after the wax is melted. You will have to stir properly.
Color and Scents
You can make scented candles by mixing commercial candle scents, fragrance oils, essential oils, aromatic herbs and flowers with the melted wax. While essential oils and aromatic herbs and flowers are 100 percent safe, synthetic scents like commercial candle scents and fragrance oils might be hazardous to your health. Therefore, you should choose the candle scents wisely.
In order to get the desired shade of the candle and match with the burning characteristics, you have to use the right color formulations. When you see shooting in a candle, it is not because of colorants but instead caused by the disturbances in the flame and length of the wick. The colorants you use in the candles are easily affected by the fragrance and other additives you have used. Color is also affected by heat and light.
You have to attach a wick to the candle mold or candle container. You can make your own wick from a cotton thread and treating it with wax, o buy wicks.
When you are making candles, you will have to first melt the wax. When the wax is melted, you will have to add candle dye and scents (in case you want to make colored/scented candles), then after, you will have to pour the mixture in the molds or the candle containers. You can use various kinds of molds and containers for your candle.
A lot of care should be taken while pouring the melted wax because this is where an accident can occur.
Use the right equipment while pouring. Follow the method properly. For instance, wear rubber gloves, spread paper sheet on your working desk, and use tools to hold containers.
It does not take too long to solidify the wax, however, it takes quite long for the wax to harden. There are two basic ways of candle curing. Either you let it harden on its own by storing in a cool place for 2-3 days, or put in the fridge for 2-3 hours and let it harden.
Trimming the wick
Wick determines the burn ratio of the candle. Therefore, you need to trim the wicks before your candles are ready to use. You will have to leave at least half inch wick for tapered candle whereas around one inch for a container candle. Use a scissor to trim the wick.
If your primary purpose of making candles is to sell candles for profit or give it to your friends and families, you will have to add a label on your candles and place it inside a box. However, if your candles are for yourself, there is no need to have a label, however, you need a box for the proper storage of your candles.