SMALL SCALE INDUSTRY: HOW IT IS MADE
HOW TO MAKE A CANDLE
2. Protect your work area by putting newspaper, wax paper, or towels and rags down on the surface you will be working on.
3. Cut the wax into chunks or shavings
4. Fill a medium or large pot halfway through with water
5. Place the wax chunks or shavings in a smaller, heatresistant container. Place this smaller container inside the larger pot, creating a makeshift double boiler.
6. Use a thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature of the wax. Paraffin wax should be melted until it reaches between 50 and 60°C Soy wax should be melted until it reaches between 76.6 and 82.2°C. Beeswax should be melted until it reaches roughly 62.7°C. Old candles should be melted at around 85 degrees.
7. Add scent to your melted wax
8. Add coloring. Purchase oil-based dyes at your local craft store.
9. Place a wick in the center of the candle mold. The wick should be in the center of the candle mold with about two inches sticking out of the candle.
11. Cool the wax. It is best to cool them for a full 24 hours if possible. The longer you let them cool, the better they will be.
Paraffin candles generally take 24 hours to cool.
Soy candles generally take 4 to 5 hours to cool.
Beeswax candles generally take 6 hours to cool.
12. Remove the wax from the mold and trim the wick down to 0.64 centimeters.
13. Light the wick, burn your candle and enjoy your masterpiece.