Candle Making Equipment, Tools, and Wax Info

  1. Candle molds: preferably metal molds, the useful life of the molds is much longer than that of the other molds and the results are excellent. Any shape or size you want.
  2. Candle thermometer: you will need to determine the exact temperature of the wax.
  3. Double rotisserie: used to melt the wax. Make sure the water does not boil dry. Note: There are a few options you can use depending on how much wax you are melting. For a small amount of wax, you can use a large soup can or a large coffee can placed inside a saucepan filled with water and can easily be substituted for a double grill.
  4. Kitchen scale: used to weigh wax.
  5. Mold sealer: used to secure the wicks and seal the holes of the wicks in the mold best wax melts.
  6. Release agent: used to line the interior of the mod to facilitate the extraction of candles. Note: You may also read in other how-to guides that you can use vegetable oil as a substitute, however in my experience vegetable oil dulls the exterior of the candle and gives it a not-so-pretty look. It is also a bit messy.
  7. Pencils or skewer sticks – used to hold the wick in place while creating the candle.
  8. Metal spoon: used to mix dyes and scents in wax. Make sure to clean the old wax from your spoon before starting a new project.
  9. Metal Pouring Container – Used to hold and pour wax. It can also be used as a double grill.
  10. Wicks or primed wicks: (whichever is easier for you, the wicks that are not yet prepared you will have to prepare them yourself). For best results when making pillar candles, use square braided wicks or flat braided wicks, the wick size you choose will be determined by the diameter of the candle being made. Do some research on wicks before purchasing for optimal candle burning results.
  11. Candle Tint Chips / Liquid Tint / Tint Blocks – Any of these work well to achieve color. If you choose Candle Chips they are already in small form, add 2 chips at a time, dissolve in melted wax before adding more to get desired color. Liquid Dye is the easiest to work with and provides the greatest depth of color, however be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions to achieve your desired color. Blocks of dye work well too, in my experience it’s best to shave or cut the blocks into small chips for better blending results. Again, when using any of these items, read the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results to achieve the color you want.
  12. Wax Paper – Used to cover and protect your work surface.
  13. Wax: for this project we will use low melting point paraffin wax. Be sure to pay attention to the melting point of the wax before purchasing. High melting point wax (hard cone candle wax, etc.) versus low melting point wax (soft abutment wax) has different effects on the finished product. You want to make sure you choose the right one for your project. Or it will be fine to make Pillar Candles, again for this project we will use a low melting point paraffin wax.

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