Making Hand Dipped Candles / For Fun Or Profit
Making Hand Dipped Taper Candles is a great hobby or even a good business endeavor once you get the hang of it. For those of you, who have all the basics down to the TEE, consider experimenting with the art of making Hand Dipped Taper Candles.
These lovely creations will take more time, but they are absolutely stunning. You can make them even more stunning by using several colors on each Candle making it very unique.
There are some basic tools and items you will have to have to make Hand Dipped Taper Candles
- You will need a large amount of paraffin wax
- A double boiler to melt it in. (You can make this yourself)
- Wooden spoons or Stir Sticks
- Dipping Pots
- Candle Wicks
- A Candle Making Thermometer
- Color Chips, Cakes, Powder or Liquid Dyes. The colors available for Hand Dipped Candles are too numerous to name. These colors come in various forms including cakes, chips, powder, or liquid.
- Candle Scents. Once again, the Scents available for Hand Dipped Candles are too numerous to name
Preparing Your Wax
You prepare your wax for Hand Dipped Taper Candles in a Double Boiler in the same manor as you do for making regular Candles. You will need to heat it to a temperature of 160 degrees F. When it reaches that degrees, lower the temperature to about 110 degrees F to keep the wax in a liquid state.
Now is the time to add Color to your wax. Start out with a small amount at a time adding sparingly until you reach the color you desire. Be sure to stir it until it is completely dissolved. About twenty times.
Tip: Your hot wax will be lighter than the color of your cold Candle. Drip a little wax on a paper plate. Let it harden to see the actual color, and adjust accordingly. (Ok, you can use any plate that you like! I like to use a paper plate so that I can just throw it away when I’m done.)
Now is also the time to add a Scent to your wax. This is optional. If you don’t desire the Candle to be scented, skip over this part. Let me caution you though. Only use a Scent in moderation, (a small amount only.) Using too much Scent will result in the Candle not burning properly as well as the Scent will be over powering as the Candle burns. I normally don’t use Scent in my Taper Candles.
Now cut the wick for your Candles, keeping it about five or six inches longer than the Candle length you want. If you are making a lot of Candles the same length, it is important to cut the wicks exactly the same length. Or you just might want to have a lot of random lengths. If that is the case cut your wick lengths accordingly.
Dipping The Candle
Run the wick through your fingers a couple of times to help straighten it out. Then dip the wick into the hot Candle Wax, making sure to coat it thoroughly. This is how you will build your Candles diameter. Each dipping will build up the size of your Candle. Let it cool while you are dipping more Candles. After they cool for a few minutes, dip then again. Each time you do so, the candle will grow in size.
Tip: Be sure to keep track of how many times you dipped it to make the candle the size you desired. That way all of your Candles will all look the same
If you want your Candle to burn dripping different colors, you can do so by having more than one color of wax ready to use. Once your Candle is close to the desired thickness you want, you may want to form the top giving it a pointed look. Then dip your Candle a few more times to give them a smooth finish.
I find that in many cases my candle looks just fine without any shaping of the top. But that will have to be your decision.
Creating Hand Dipped Candles is a great hobby as well as a very good business venture. I admit the process is time consuming, but what you create is beautiful. Learning to make Hand Dipped Taper Candles can be a tricky and time consuming process.
This is not the best type of Candle for a beginner to try to learn Candle Making. The process will cause newbie’s to quickly become frustrated. We don’t want that! Get a little Candle Making under your belt, and then practice by melting the wax from the candles you are building and use it over and over again until you have perfected the process.
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