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« on: July 17, 2012, 11:37:33 AM »

I love candles and I wondered how easy is it to make my own in my favourite FO's. What do I need?  what is the best wax to use? Do I need to add anything to the wax? and wicks?
Any ideas tips would be great, also do you need to have SA's for candles? how do you test etc?
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2012, 06:07:59 PM »

I will start to make my own candles as well.
In think soy wax is a good choice As it is full in trend at the moment.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2012, 06:42:12 PM »

I have made my own wax melts for my burner and they turned out very well.  There used to be a really good candle resource on the main site somewhere.  It was wrote by Kevie and it was good to follow.  If you can find that it will be a good read for anyone wanting to start out making candles.  I have found it, here it is http://www.fresholi.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=593:wax-melts-and-candles-introduction&catid=25&Itemid=51d

It is under members articles, there are a couple of articles to browse  :buttrf:
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2012, 11:59:45 AM »

Anything you need to know just PM me.

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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2012, 02:00:55 PM »

thanks guys! xxx
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2012, 04:47:05 PM »

 Smiley

No problem, have fun  :buttrf:
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2012, 04:52:37 PM »

with soy wax, you'll need a bigger wick than an equivalent candle made with parafin as it burns cooler. make sure you make lots of testers and test burn them and take notes (for all containers and different fragrances). legally, you need to have a warning label on the candle. keep the wick short too. if I remember anything else, I'll come back. ooh, with soy wax, stir the fragrance (8-10% for FO) in very well, at least 2 whole minutes. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2012, 12:16:15 AM »

Lovely, soya wax sounds so much nicer, do you have to add anything to it, or is it just a case of melt and pour?
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2012, 09:16:10 AM »

pretty much melt & pour, but don't pour when too hot, wait a while.
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2012, 09:44:21 AM »

Also, save some wax after your first pouring, wait till the top has set and prick gently the top as you might have a 'dip' so you can pour some of your saved wax into the small cavity.  I have read you might have to this twice.  Unfortunately i didnt put what i read into practice  :mwaha: and my nice candle had nice cavities!  still light well though lol :mwaha: :buttrf:
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