There are several types of products available for candle making supplies. The types of fragrances and dyes that you use, the equipment, and even the type of wax that you melt down for the candle making process are all decisions that you need to make when you buy your candle making supplies. The following will explain a few of the different varieties of candle making supplies that you can choose from among the large array of products.
Candle Making Supplies: Waxes
One of the most important decisions that you will need to make is what form of wax you prefer to use. The type of wax that you can buy can be in either flakes, slabs, or in blocks. If you are making only a few candles at a time, then wax flakes will be the best choice since they can be melted down quickly in your microwave, and they are easier to work with.
Candle Making Supplies: Wicks
Next, you will need to look into the types of wicks. The wick is one of the main components that will establish how your homemade candle will burn. It always must be the correct size for the candle container. You can find many suggestions online and in books, but more than likely, the best way to choose a wick is through basic trial and error.
Several types of wicks work in the many different types of containers available, and each time you use a different container, you will need to reevaluate the candle wicks. Wicks come in untabbed, pre-tabbed, or in spools. The pre-tabbed type of wicks are the easier of the three to use, but you will need to handle these sticky wicks with “wick stick-ums,” if you decide to use these. Wick stick-ums will help you stick the wick to the bottom of the container before you pour the melted wax there. You may want to consider using wick bars as they sit across the top opening of the candle container, which will hold the wick in place while the wax hardens and cools.
Candle Making Supplies: Containers or Molds
There are several different types of containers that you can use while you make your candles. The jar candles are popular, and they are the easiest to find. The more classic choice of classic candle container is the apothecary jars. If you want a more modern feel to your candles that you make, the best choice would be cube jars or tureen jars. You can even use travel tins for candles, as they are the best for portability. There are also various molds that you can use to create candles in all shapes.
Candle Making Supplies: Fragrances and Dyes
To give your candles the lovely scents, you will need to purchase fragrance oils. There are several choices for scents for your candle making process. There is such a wide array of scents available; from food scents such as banana muffins to flowery scents like lilac. These are only two of the hundreds of scents available. For those of you who want a more natural candle, you can even choose natural oils.
You may decide to keep your candle the natural white in color, which would go perfectly if you are using natural oils. You can even choose many different types of colored dyes and hues to color the wax, or even blend your own colors for a unique, one of a kind color.
Candle Making Supplies: Miscellaneous
If you are selling your candles, you will also need to purchase warning labels for the bottom of your candles, as they are required by law. A few more miscellaneous items that you need would be candle molds if you like to produce candles of various shapes and a pouring pitcher if you are inclined to make a large quantity of candles.
All of the various options in candle making supplies may appear to be quite overwhelming once you first begin this hobby. When you begin, choose one type of wick, wax, and container before you decide to branch out. A rewarding and fun hobby, candle making will provide you with years of enjoyment and a way to make gifts and additional accents to your house.