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  • Any candle makers present?

    I've recently gained an interest in making my own candles. Mostly for my own use, but maybe for gifts as well.

    Beeswax is my preference as it will help support the beekeeping industry, but it seems like soywax is actually quite good for low smoke & scent diffusion (I'd like to make some scented candles too). Finally, a use for soy!

    Any resources/books people can direct me towards would be great. It looks like the process is quite simple, just need to learn more about wick sizes and find the right prices. I'm hoping to thrift some tea cups for tea cup candles .
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    I made a candle once with a shoe string and melted crayons.

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      I used to make candles as a hobbie about 12 - 15 yrs ago. I still have bricks of wax and tons of containers in the basement. I hope to get back into after a couple kids graduate.

      I have one or two books about it but I'd have to dig around when I get home and I'll let you know.

      I used to use those cardboard frozen juice container when I'd make small pillar candles. They were great because you just peeled the cardboard off after they set-up.

      People would save all kinds of containers for me to reuse/recycle. I don't think I spent a penny for those kind of things.
      Some people just need a sympathetic pat... On the head... With a hammer.

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      • #4
        I'm mostly interested in container candles, like in teacups or small jars. Seems like that's the easiest way to get started.


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          Yep, I agree. That's what I started with also.
          Some people just need a sympathetic pat... On the head... With a hammer.

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          • #6
            Candlescience.com is a good resource. I have had good luck with their products too. I would be leery of picking up your supplies from stores like Michaels as I don't think the quality is as high. I had problems with the colors and soy wax I got from there.

            I use soy wax and have been very happy with it. I do both pillar and container candles (different waxes) and it is very satisfying and really cheap compared to the cost of buying them.

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            • #7
              Thanks that site looks great! They even have stuff on Amazon with Prime shipping.


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              • #8
                That DOES look like a nice site!
                Some people just need a sympathetic pat... On the head... With a hammer.

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                • #9
                  Geez, I think I've got the bug to dig my stuff out now.
                  Some people just need a sympathetic pat... On the head... With a hammer.

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                  • #10
                    I have a friend who makes candles in wine bottles. She buys pretty ones...drinks the wine, the cuts off the top sands the edges and make candles in them. She sells them for enough to keep her in wine!

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