It is not known when the first candle was created. According to historians, candles were invented by the Egyptians in 3,000 B.C. Tutankhamen may have had a bronze candleholder in his tomb.
Candle making is best done in the kitchen. You’ll need heat to melt the wax and somewhere to let your candles cool. You may consider getting your child involved in candle-making, but for now, the kitchen stove is sufficient.
While we can provide some basic information, you will need to read more before you get into candle-making. A kit may be a wise investment in this craft. It will provide all you need to make your very first candle, and you can decide if you and your child are interested in continuing the hobby.
Never place wax directly on the stove burner when making candles because it can smoke, crackle, and pop off the stove burner, resulting in burns. It will smoke even if it is in a double boiler. Never leave it unattended without a child.
Age: 8 or up
Materials Required: You can make a double boiler using the old pot and the can.
The double boiler should be filled with enough water to ensure that the can does not float. If the water evaporates, add water to the pot. Do not let it boil.
To coat the wick, cut a length and dip it in the wax several times. Wrap the wick around your pencil until it is the right length for the mould.
Once the wax has melted, you can pour it into the mould using a potholder. Hold the container at an angle while pouring the wax down one side. Put some of the melted wax aside for later.
Place the wick right in the middle of the mould. Heat the remaining wax. Make holes about halfway down the candle’s depth then pour the wax into the original fill line. Repeat this process two to three more times.
The easiest way to get children involved in candle-making is with sheets of beeswax. These can be rolled, layered, or cut into shapes. Once you have made a candle, add a wick!
For container and moulded candles, a mixture of three parts block beeswax and one part paraffin wax is a good choice. You will need to choose the melting point of paraffin wax that is right for you. For poured candles, there are three types of wax: mould wax (139-1430F), container wax (1300F), and dipping wax (1450F). These waxes will be used to make dipped tapers.
You can also add additives to harden, prolong or alter the burning time of candles. You can also experiment with stearic acids, luster, clear crystals, as well as other materials. You can decorate the candle’s exterior with dried flowers, coffee beans or cinnamon sticks. You can also colour and scent candles.
There are many types and sizes of wicks. Specifically, there are three types of wicks: flat braid, square braid, and metal core. The wick’s diameter will vary depending on how long or small the candle burns.
There are many moulds to choose from, including metal, plastic, soft rubber, hard rubber, and acrylic. Moulds can also be made from items you have around your homes such as milk cartons and canning jars. Containers that work well are small, galvanized buckets and terra-cotta pots.