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Candle Making Staples: The Candlemaker’s Cheat Sheet

Ready to imbue the room with your chosen therapeutic vibe of the day? Throughout time, candles have always been loved because they’re flexible, simple, and multifunctional. At the light of a match, these objects add an immediate change to a room’s atmosphere, whatever the season.

Whether you’re a first-time hobbyist or a seasoned pro that wants to review the basics, this list will help make sure you’ve got all the necessary supplies for candle-making to craft these easy-to-make home must-haves.

 

The Complete List of Supplies for Candle-Making

 

Lovely candles are expensive. Making your candles is a fun and relaxing activity that will save you a lot of money in the long run. It does require you to invest initially, but the benefits along the way are worth it.

You’ll have no trouble finding supplies for candle-making since they’re sold in stores and on popular e-marketplaces. Add these to your next trip to the store or order them online for convenience.

 

Kit Essentials

Wax

It forms 98% of the candle’s body, depending on whether you’d want to add more objects for art. There are different kinds of wax for candle-making. The cheapest and most commonly found wax is paraffin. However, it’s also the most toxic, sending harmful gases into the air as it melts. Other popular options are soy wax, palm wax, and coconut wax that are more sustainable.

 

Candle Wicks

It’s usually made of cotton, braided, and placed in the middle of the candle. The wick is the part that’s lit and holds the flame. It also keeps the candle burning until the fire’s put out. You can also create your wicks from other materials, such as newspapers or scraps of a shirt, but affordable ones are available.

Opt for high-end brands when you have a better understanding of how their materials interact with different kinds of wax and affect the candle’s overall quality. When you purchase wicks, they usually come with their glass or metal base. It keeps the wick standing in the middle of the wax throughout the candle-making process. If you’re new to this, stick to the wicks that come in your candle-making kit like Hearts & Crafts’ candle making kits.

 

Tools/Equipment

Wax Pouring Pot/Pitcher

This is where you melt the wax chips. Its light and thin build allow you to weigh the wax while inside the container. The body is made of aluminum that will enable it to conduct heat well without damaging it. There should also be a small spout opposite the handle for pouring the wax. They usually come in a size that can accommodate a few pounds of wax.

 

Candle and Soap Scale

It’s easy to go for the food scales you already have at home, but those aren’t as accurate. Investing in a scale meant for candle and soap-making will be worth it to get those precise measurements. It’s not necessarily expensive as affordable ones give you several functions you’d most likely need.

Remember to choose one with the TARE feature so your scale will measure the candle wax only and not the container. To do this, weigh the empty wax pouring pitcher first then press the TARE button. It automatically resets the scale to zero. Your scale will automatically disregard the weight of the container when you place it on the scale again with wax inside.

 

Wick Bar/Centering Device

It holds your wick in the center while the wax cools and solidifies. Some wick bars have slots that keep it to the side or hold more than one wick in place, depending on your design. At Hearts & Crafts, we have metal and wooden tabs that are bundled in our wax kits.

If you don’t want to shell out for a wick bar, an alternative would be to use chopsticks or pencils, which you can get for free with your order of takeout from most local Asian restaurants. They’re more of a hassle, but you get them without spending an extra penny.

Glue Dots

Yes, they’re dedicated adhesive supplies for candle-making. In some cases, the bottom part of the wick with its metal base would move off-center. The circular sticky pieces keep them in place.

Stick them to the bottom of the glass or metal base of your wick before you place them in the mold. It’s incredibly helpful to use a mason jar or some other container to keep the candle in.

When buying them at a store or searching online, always specify you’re looking for candle-making glue dots, so your order isn’t confused for a different adhesive. Now you don’t have to use messy glue guns.

 

Double Boiler

This kitchen equipment is used for ingredients that are too delicate to be heated directly. It’s two pots stacked, one on top of the other—place water in the bottom. Once you heat the bottom one, the steam from the water will heat the second.

A great alternative would be to get two pots with one smaller than the other. Place the smaller pot inside the big one then, voila! You have a double boiler.

 

Thermometer

Getting the temperature right is crucial for making candles. Each step relies on a specific temperature for execution before you can move forward. It’s also important not to overheat the wax for best quality candles.

While other thermometers work, a specialized one is best so you can leave it in the wax as it melts without worrying about damaging the thermometer. It should also be long enough to stick out of the container so you can read the temperature without the risk of burning your hand.

 

Wooden Spoon

A spoon is handy when checking on the solidity of the wax chips left to estimate how long it’ll take before melting and mixing ingredients, like dye and oils. Make sure it has a long handle to stick out of the pot. You’d want one spoon to be dedicated to candle-making only. Store it in a place where it won’t get mixed with other kitchen utensils and be used for food.

 

Candle Molds

Mason jars look great, but with a candle inside, they look just as pretty, especially when you become more comfortable and start to add more design. Pillar candles are lovely on their own. Molds will hold the liquid wax until it cools, and you’ll be able to easily slip the candle out once it has taken form and fully solidified. Some molds allow the candles to take different shapes.

 

Extras/Add-ins

When you’re feeling a little “extra” and want to take your candles to the next level, these are go-to supplies for candle-making.

 

Candle Dye

Add a little color to your candles! If you thought candles change a room on their own, wait until you play with color. Dye chips are economical and melt quickly in your wax, but take note of the right temperature to add the dye. Get a set of 20 vibrant dye chips when you head over to our store.

 

Mason Jars

If you have a jar lying around the house, peel off the label and clean it up. Then you’ve got an instant elegant decor for your home. Add your label like a quote, a mood, or the name of the scent if your candle has one.

 

Oils (Fragrance or Essential)

Don’t you love walking into a room that smells nice? Scents are a nice touch to the home. Candle-making with essential oils is very therapeutic and fulfilling to the end. Essential oils are eco-friendly and offer health benefits, compared to fragrance oils, but they’re a lot more expensive. For economic purposes and a more pungent smell, choose fragrance oils.

 

Glitter

Glam up your space without spending a ton on expensive furniture or decorations. Include glitter when making your candles. Be sure to use a kind that’s explicitly fine to use in candles.

 

Finally…

When you’re new to the art, focus on the basics. It won’t take long for you to be confident in working with other materials. You’ll be surprised to see your list of supplies for candle-making expand as you explore more creative ideas. Unleash your inner artist!