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Arts and Crafts

Friday, September 14, 2012

Materials For Candle Art

If you would like to make your own candles then you will need wax which can be found galore online or in craft stores.

Melting the wax is a rather messy business and a wax melter would come in handy. You may also need a wick trimmer, a wick center holder, molds, a stabilizer to inhibit the color, dry glaze which is a wax hardener and makes is more opaque, a wax additive to enhance the scent throw, and stearic acid to harden the wax.

You can also opt for a candle making kit which contains all you need to get started and as far as ideas, instructions, and workshops go; there is no lack of them and they are easily found, just like some craft books on candle making.

Depending on what type of candle you are making, there are several different kinds of wicks you can choose from;
- Flat wicks burn very consistent and pretty much trim themselves as they burn by curling. They are excellent for use in taper and pillar candles.
- Square wicks have almost the same characteristics as flat wicks, but are more rounded, prevent clogging, and a bit more robust. They are great for when you use beeswax and like to make taper and pillar candles.
- Cored wicks have a strengthened core to keep them straight as they burn. They lend themselves very well for jar candles, votives, and pillars.
- Special and oil lamp wicks are specifically designed for oil lamps, but can also be used for candles with insect repellant attributes.

There are a few more materials available which you may need or want to use and I will shed some light on those soon!

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