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Among the many hobbies that millions of people are engaged in with the intention of decorating the world with their own hands, that of making candles themselves is certainly one of the most colorful and fragrant. It is certainly not the simplest of DIY projects, in fact it is not recommended to carry out this activity to children, it could be dangerous because unfortunately it is easy to get burned.

 

To make a candle at home, you must first procure the necessary material, normally available in color factories:

  • white wax
  • two small pots of different sizes
  • wooden ladle
  • colors for wax
  • essential oils
  • wicks (usually they are sold in "balls of cotton")
  • long needle or wooden stick (used to hold the wick on the mold)
  • molds
  • decorations (optional)
  • olive oil or spry lubricant

 

The two small pots are used to melt the white wax with the "bain-marie" technique: in the larger one the water will be boiled (no more than 4 cm in height), in the second the wax to melt will be put. It is important that the pot with water is not very high and that even the water level is quite low so that the boiling does not make the saucepan move too much with the wax, which could splash out at very dangerous temperatures.

 

How to proceed? Start to melt the wax slowly. While you begin to prepare the mold, or the molds, that you have chosen. In the molds that can be found on the market, there is a hole specifically designed to insert the wick, which is presented as a thick cotton thread. Put it in the mold and once the operation is finished (remember to leave at least a couple of extra cm for the ignition) make a knot at the base of the cord. On the other hand, however, you will have to make sure that the wick remains in a vertical position, and then remain in the center of the candle once the operations have been completed. Thread the long needle into the cord, so that the needle perpendicular to the wick and parallel to the mold. In this way the needle will be placed on the edges of the mold, while the thread will remain vertical. Often the molds have two slots in which to position the needle so that it remains firm.

 

Go back to check the wax, if it is melting well, it is time to pour the pigments of the color you have chosen: pour and mix. The color must be homogeneous, to check the shade you can pour a little 'wax on baking paper and wait for it to solidify. Add little color at a time, because darkening is a simpler process than reverse. The color can be in the form of a wax tablet, a coloring powder or even a wax crayon.

 

The wax is very loose and the color is right? Well, add essential oils now if you wish and then wear protective gloves to remove the pot from the water: be very careful not to hurt yourself! The wax must be immediately poured into the mold, obviously with extreme caution and trying not to move the wick from the central position where we had previously placed it. The mold must be completely filled to the brim. When you have finished, place the mold in a place where the wax can cool and solidify without being hit.

 

Leave to rest for at least an hour, after which you can proceed with the extraction. Remove the needle from the wick and cut the knot that had been made with the cord at the bottom of the mold. Now start pulling the candle, gently pulling the wick towards you. To facilitate this operation, you can brush the mold with a thin layer of olive oil or, even more practical, use a spry lubricant.

 

Important: never put the candle in the freezer or in the fridge to make it cool!

  • 24/08/2018