One of the first questions every #candlemaker should be asking themselves is, “How do I make candles?” The second question every candlemaker should ask themselves is “How can I make candles easier?”
There are dozens of blogs that will answer the first question, but this entry will focus on the latter. While it’s true, anyone can make candles at home with pretty much everyday household items, there are small inexpensive ways that will help you in the long run to make your task so much easier.
Whether you are just doing this as a weekend project or you intend to give the big boys a run for their money, These #tools of the trade will simplify your hand-pouring endeavors in so many ways.
This one may seem like a waste of money, but I would suggest that not only are these special little guys required for candle makers, but also candle enthusiasts as well.
For those not in the know, The best way to burn a candle is to ensure that the wick is trimmed to ¼ inch length for the best quality. Otherwise, as the wax melts, the wick burns putting off soot, which will stain walls and the glass vessel itself.
All of this, as well as lost security deposits, can be avoided with the purchase of a decent pair of wick trimmers.
Failing this, I would recommend at the very least investing in some fine quality sewing scissors as they are tough enough to withstand the tough wicks over a longer period of time. Their only downside is that sewing scissors are a little less reliable as far as getting that perfect ¼ inch length just right.
This tool has been invaluable to me when pouring my little #handcrafted darlings. While stirring your #wax as you add your various #dyes and #fragrance oils, You have to be particular about the type of instruments you stir with. Candles are a temperamental lot and depending on the ingredients you use, your tools can affect the end product.
Case in point, I always use a metal bar spoon as opposed to a wooden spoon because it can affect the fragrance oil I am using. And some fragrance oil is temperamental as it is. So even if you aren’t one to engage in a “spirited evening” every so often, I’d recommend you get one of these.
Warning: If you do like to mix drinks and have one of these on hand, I’d recommend storing it away from your liquor cabinet as once it touches the wax, it is no longer fit for human consumption. That bad boy is on the wagon because it’s drinking days are over.
Bonus tip: You can use the spoon to direct the pour of your FO into you pitcher as the oil tends to come out of the bottle and adhere to the bottle like a momma’s boy on the first day of school.
This one is more geared for the candlemaker looking to getting into mass producing. Certainly, this could mean trying to go into business or just making them for family and friends for #birthdays or #holidays.
While using a double boiler is certainly easy enough, getting a wax melter will make hand-pouring in bulk so much easier.
This along with a metal pitcher will have you cranking out huge numbers in no time. You can even set goals with how fast each batch goes!
Here is an excellent video by Jeff Standley of Standley Handcrafted where he shows you how to convert a Presto Pot into a wax melter with very little effort and minimal supplies for those that want to get their side project on.
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Otherwise, there is an affiliate link to buy one outright.
Glass Measuring cup
Just like the metal bar spoon, the glass measuring cup has similar usefulness in that none of the fragrance oil will take on any of the properties of a plastic measuring cup. They are cheap enough to acquire given that you probably already have some in your kitchen.
Warning: Just like the bar spoons, once you have used the glass measuring cup for candle making or any other non-safe food application, store it separately. Food and candles make terrible bedfellows.
This tool is probably the only item you may not already have readily available at home unless you practice #mealprep or you want to keep the butcher shop on its toes. (charge me for the plastic container? my red fanny!)
Depending on the type of scale you are looking to get, you may get into a serious investment, however, it is the single most important tool in your handcrafting arsenal, especially if you intend to turn your candles into a business.
You can easily calculate your wax to FO oil ratio with a scale. My one suggestion is to get one that calculates in grams and precise ounces. Otherwise, the math (bane of my existence) can get a bit tricky.
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