My Latest obsession has been making candles with embeds. These are so fun to make and the possibilities are endless. I wanted to give a very basic DIY on how to make candles with embeds that I think you will find very easy to make and very affordable.
**Refer to my first blog Glitter Candles to see where you can get some of your supplies from.
So lets get started!
- Candle Dye
- Fragrance Oil
- Kitchen Scale
- Cookie sheet lined with foil
- Candied or infrared thermometer
- Stirring utensil
- Plastic cup (For Fragrance Oil)
- Fine Glitter (Optional)
- Wick stickers
- Glass jar candle
- Box Cutter
*As I do not give out my exact recipe to my candles, I will be using the example of 16oz of wax.
Note: You can divide the wax into several candle jars or just use one big one.
I love all things sparkly. So it occurred to me, "why not make some glitter candles?" So then I decided that since I wanted to create my very own blog site, that my very first blog would be a DIY on how to do your very own glitter candles. I will also be giving out tips throughout the blog that you will find handy especially if this is your first time making a candle. So lets get into it!
- Wax (Beeswax, soy wax, paraffin wax)
- Candied thermometer or infrared thermometer
- Melting Pot or a heat proof Pyrex measuring cup
- A jar for your candle
- Wick sticker (optional)
- Stirring utensil (Skewer or chopstick works just fine)
- Kitchen Scale
- Paper cups (for Fragrance oil)
- Fragrance Oil (optional)
- Fine Glitter
- Blow Dryer (Optional)
Here is where you can get some of these items listed above
- The above stores are all great, but I recommend that if you are just starting to make candles, then go to Amazon and the Dollar Tree Store to get most or all of your items. If you are looking to turn this into a business, then I recommend the other two as they have a lot of great items, but best to be bought for a business.
**I do not give out the exact recipe for my candles as I believe candle making and other crafts alike are very personal, however I will give you enough information to where you can make these candles yourself. For the sake of this DIY I will use the example of using 16 oz of wax.
Step 1: Weigh out your wax and fragrance oil. To find out how much fragrance oil you use always look at the percentage rate that the supplier of your fragrance oil recommends, it can be anywhere from 9%-12%.
Tip: Use Formula to figure how much fragrance oil you use: Qty of oz of wax multiplied by % of Fragrance oil. So I'm going to say I use 10% recommended supplier usage rate for fragrance oil, so the above equation translates to 16oz(How much wax) X 0.10(Percentage of recommended fragrance oil usage) = 1.6oz of fragrance oil. The rule of thumb is every pound of wax which is 16 oz you use 1oz of fragrance oil. I go by the percentage because that seems to be more effective for me.
Step 2: Create a double boiler and place your weighed out wax that's in melting pot in the water. While your wax is melting down, prepare your candle jar. To prepare your jar, you just need to clean it out, and then center your wick in the middle of your jar. You can use some melted wax, glue gun, or even wick stickers to properly secure your wick down to the jar.
Step 3: Continuously stir your wax and take temperature readings until your wax is melted all the way down.
Step 4: Once wax has melted all the way down, turn off your heat and add your candle dye.
Tip: Use as much candle dye as supplier recommends. To determine the color that your candle will be, you can take your stirring utensil and wipe some on a white piece of paper towel to give you an idea of what the color will be like.
Step 5: Place melting pot on cool surface and take a temperature reading. When your temperature is below flash point, you can begin to add fragrance and mix well.
Tip: Flash point is the maximum temperature that you want to pour your fragrance at. If you pour your fragrance at too high of a temperature or above flash point you can disturb the way your fragrance behaves in your candle. Best to pour fragrance 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit below flash point.
Step 6: When your wax has cooled down to pouring temperature, it is time to pour your wax in your prepared candle jar. Pour slowly to avoid air bubbles.
Tip: Check suppliers guide on recommended pouring temperature.
Tip: If you are using a glass jar, be sure to heat your jar with a heat gun or blow dryer to insure that your wax adheres to the glass properly so that it will not create white blotchy spots on the outside. If it's for personal use it's not a big deal, but if you are selling them it's not an attractive appearance.
Step 7: After you pour your wax into the jar, tap the jar or even spray with rubbing alcohol to get all the air bubbles out.
Tip: Make sure that your candle is in a cool dry area with no light shining directly on it and there is little to no disturbance. It insures that the candle will set well.
Step 8: Leave your candle alone for about 15 minutes after you have poured your wax. Then go and sprinkle as much glitter as you like on the surface of your wax.
Tip: If you notice a lot of glitter sinking to the bottom, then that means the wax is still too hot and to wait a little longer.
Step 9: Once your candle has set take a picture and be sure to share your beautiful creation. Happy Candle Making!