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Candles- It is easy to make your Own

Most people, especially women have a special
affinity for candles. The candle-lit dinner, the
relaxing bath by candlelight, even the candles on
the kidís birthday cake are but a few of the ways
we enjoy candles. Candles can set the mood for
almost any occasion, even if the occasion is
simply to forget the day and relax.

If youíve purchased very many candles, youíve
learned the cheapest candles are not necessarily
the best, nor are the most expensive candles the
best. The problem often comes between the candle
color and fragrance. You may love the color, and
hate the fragrance, or you may hate the color and
love the fragrance of the candles. The best
solution for these problems with candles is to
make your own.

Making Hand Dipped Candles is not as hard as you
may first imagine. With just a few materials, a
bit of time, a little creativity, youíll have
perfect candles to enjoy.

You will need: paraffin wax, a double boiler,
wooden spoon, candy thermometer, coloring, scents,
wicks, and a stove. The size of the wick you
purchases is important to the size of the candle
you want. The size of wicks increases in Ĺ inch
increments. A good rule of thumb is to buy the
size of wick that you want your candle to be. A Ĺ"
wick is suitable for a candles that will be Ĺ" in
thickness. A 1" wick is suitable for candles that
will be 1" in thickness. The materials for making
candles can be found in most craft shops.

Making Hand Dipped Candles
1.Cut or break your wax into small pieces.
2.Bring the water to a gentle boil. Place the wax
in the double boiler.
3.Stir the wax until it reaches a temperature of
160 F (Test the temperature with a thermometer
that is placed in the center of the melted wax).
4.Add small amounts of your color until you have
reached the desired shade. The shade will be a bit
lighter when it cools. You can test your candles
for color by allowing a spoonful to dry on a
plate.
5.If you want scented candles add the scent. Make
sure the wax stays melted. Check to make sure the
temperature of the wax is staying at 160F.
6.Next, cut the wick to the desired length of
candles plus a little extra to hold as you make
the candles. Example: If you want two 6 inch
candles, cut about 15 inches of wick. You will be
making two at the same time. Double the wickover
your finger.
7.Dip the wick in the wax for a few seconds then
lift out. Allow the wax to cool between dippings.
At first, this may be a little tricky as the wick
floats on top of the wax until it becomes more
weighted. Be careful to make sure the wet candles
are kept seperate from each other.
8.Continue on with the repeated dipping and
cooling. Repeat this until the candles have
reached the thickness that you desire.
9.Gradually increase the temperature until it
reaches around 180 F and then dip the pair into
the wax for one final time. Now gently lift them
out and let them cool completely. Once the candles
have cooled, use a sharp knife to trim the bottom
to create a straight bottom for your candles. 10.
Cut the wick. Your candles are complete and ready
for use.

About the Author

Marjorie Slaney is the owner of
Find Candles, Inc. which is
a premier source of information about Candles. For more
information, go to: http://findcandles.com

Majorie Slaney