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I love candles and if they weren’t such a fire hazard when I leave a room, I’d have them burning all over. Sounds spooky and romantic all that the same time, to have candles burning all over your house.

A candle, consisting of an internal wick and a column of solid fuel, illuminates the surrounding area. Step into a store, and you are sure to find candles that are of different colors, aroma, and shapes. But I can tell you from experience, making your own candles is a lot of fun and can make great handmade gifts.

There are of course things you will need like paraffin wax, melting system, candy thermometer, molds, and scales to measure the amount of water and wax are required. Ladle and spoons are used for stirring and pouring wax. A chemically treated wick that burns for a longer period of time is used. Since wax is soft, stearic acid is used to make it solid. Color dyes are used to make the appearance brighter.

Whatever mold you choose, you will suspend the wick in the center and then dissolve stearic acid and color dye in a container and heat the wax to 190 degrees. Combine the stearic mixture with paraffin and stir it continuously to blend it. Pour the mixture in a mold, allow time for it to cool and then remove it from the mold. Sometimes to get an even pour with limited bubbles you will do this in a step by step process and gently tap the mold after each pouring.

But there are other options like a gel candle. All you need to get are a container, gels, pans, wicks and the basic necessary items. While selecting containers, it is best to use a heat resistant glass. Gel wax, paraffin, candle scent, dye, wick, wick clip, and wick base are the other requirements. Different colors can be mixed together to form a new color according to your taste. The oil-based liquids; pellets and wax solids are the sources of scent. The scent has to be added before pouring the candle to avoid evaporation.

Items like buttons, marbles, toys, and jewels can be added in the candle but do avoid inflammatory items because you don’t want to create a big first of fire.

Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

The Rebels Den

Author + Artist, a Goal Coach + Business Strategist. Petra helps freedom-seeking Rebels + Creatives to follow their intuition, embrace who they are while they taking action towards their dreams + goals - whether it’s writing a book, starting a business or just focusing on personal goals. Petra uses her personal story to inspire and motivate people into doing the work they need to do to create change because she believes that your excuses are just avoidance. You can have the cake and eat it too if you're willing to show up for it!

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