Three Surface Techniques for Candle Making

Candle making is a fun, easy craft that allows you to experiment with a wide range of materials and scents. You can even recycle old candle containers and give them a new lease on life. However, if you want to take your candles up a notch in style and appeal, there are several surface techniques that can dramatically alter the appearance of a finished candle. In this article, we will explore three of these and will demonstrate how they can be used with very little effort.

First, select the type of wax you would like to use (a simple paraffin is the traditional choice as it melts quickly and easily, cleans up relatively well and can be colored or scented). If you are a beginner, consider using a paraffin wax that contains 10% stearin. This will help the wax contract when cooled and will make it easier to remove from the mold.

Once the wax flakes are melted, add your desired essential oils. The amount that you add will determine the intensity of the scent when burning. Be aware that some oils are not compatible with candle making; check out the Bramble Berry collections of Fragrance Oils and Essential Oils for a good selection that is safe for this project.

Next, center the wicks upright in each of the jars. Secure the wicks with clothespins or a pencil (the clip portion works best). Pour the melted wax into each container, taking care to avoid air bubbles and to ensure that the wick stays upright during the cooling process. Then let the candles set for a few hours, ideally overnight. When they are ready, the wicks can be removed and the jars cleaned.