Making Column Candles / It’s Easy And Fun
If you have been making Tapers why not try making Column Candles. They are similar to Tapers, but are wider and usually shorter. Their top isn’t pointed like a Taper is. Actually it looks sort of like the top of a plateau. Column Candles are a very pretty and distinct Candle that has a very classic and timeless look to them. One of the unique aspects of the Column Candle is that it has a ridged design rather than a smooth design like a Taper Candle. They will add charm and beauty to any occasion or environment.
Making Column Candles Is Easy And Fun
One of the best features of making Column Candles is that they burn for hours, thus making them a great investment of both your time and money. On average a Column Candle burns for about thirty five hours (35). Column Candles do not produce smoke or dripping, thus making them very popular. At times some individuals have trouble finding holders to put their Column Candles in. Don’t worry though. They will fit nicely in all standard Tea Light holders, as well as spiked base holders.
- Wax, of course
- Heat Source ( I recommend using an electric hot plate) open flame can be dangerous
- Solid safe work surface
- Double Boiler ( you can make your own) I’ll show you how
- Candle Thermometer
- Mold Release ( You can get the same result by using a non stick cooking spray)
- Color Chips or Dye
- Fragrance (This is an option, but certainly adds appeal to your Candle)
- Oven Mitt or Pot Holder
- Old clothing ( in case of spills)
Let’s Get Started With The Candle Making Process
To melt the wax properly, you will need a double boiler. You will want to make sure you use high quality paraffin wax to make your column candles. Heat your wax to the temperature your supplier recommends for the wax you are using. Most often your wax will be at a temperature of about 145 degrees F (2.778 degrees C). Bees wax looks great, but does not hold up well with the structure of the column candle. Too much heat will cause a column candle made of bees wax to drip all over, creating a mess as well as a candle that isn’t too pretty to look at.
To ensure the design of your column candles is perfect, coat the inside of the molds with mold release.
Tip: You can also get the same results using a non-stick cooking spray.
Insert your wick from the bottom of the mold. If you are not using pre waxed wicking be sure to dip your wick in the hot wax and coat it thoroughly.
You can keep it centered in the mold by using a Wick Holder Bar that you can purchase from your favorite Candle Making Supplier. They are very easy to use. Just wrap the wick around the Wick Bar, then turn to tighten the wick.
Tip: If you don’t wish to buy a Wick Holder Bar, you can use a popsicle, or craft stick with a hole drilled in the center to do the job.
When your wax has reached the proper temperature, usually about (145 degrees F) (2.778 degrees C) It is at this point of the process that you will want to add your color, and or fragrance to your melted wax. Be sure to mix the color and fragrance into the wax very thoroughly. I suggest about twenty stirs in both directions.
As soon as you have mixed in you color and or fragrance, that is if you are using them, pour your hot wax into your molds. You do not want your wax to start cooling before you pour because it will cause your candles to have lumps. Be sure to let your candle cool completely before removing it from the mold. Trim the wick to ¼ inch from the top of the candle.
Tip: You can get a little creative by adding crushed ice to the mold just before pouring the hot wax.
Column Candles have an unique appeal as center pieces, and add to any décor. They make great personalized gifts for just about any occasion. And they are easy and fun to make. So go ahead have fun making these unique Column Candles. You might even think about making them for profit. You can find everything you need to make these unique candles by Clicking Here Now
One final note. If you are going to sell your Candles, or give them as gifts be sure to label them with a burning instruction sticker or place a burning instruction tag to the Candle for safety purposes.
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