Candle Making

Nothing sets the mood in a room like a candle, this is perhaps why candle making is such a popular and rewarding craft. Candles make an excellent gift for any occasion throughout the year but are especially appropriate during the Christmas season. We have found links on the history of candles as well as instructions for making them including recipes for scented and special holiday candles.
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Historical Information About Candles

There is no actual historical record of the first candles, however clay candle holders dating from the fourth century B.C. have been found in Egypt.

Early Asian candles were made with wax derived from insects and seeds molded in paper tubes.

In India wax skimmed from boiling cinnamon was used.

Native Americans burned oily fish (candlefish) wedged into a forked stick.

In the southwestern United States wax was skimmed from boiled bark of the Cerio tree.

Settlers in New England used the same technique to obtain wax from Bayberries. Bayberry candles are still common today.

Tallow, made by rendering animal fat was another common candle making material. . With the advent of paraffin in the 1800's tallow became obsolete, and it is rarely used in candles anymore.

Beeswax has always been popular although it is expensive

The Chemical History of the Candle

The Art Of Burning A Candle

How To Take Care Of Your Candles

How To Burn A Candle Safely

Candle Making Instruction

Dictionary Of Candle Making Terms

Online Free Candle Making Course

Candle Decorating How To

How To Break Up A Slab Of Wax

How To Melt Wax

How To Make Container Candles

How To Make Hurricane Paper Lanterns

All About Gel And  Gel Candle Making

How To Make A Pearsonalized Candle

How To Make A Rolled Beeswax Candle

How To Make FLoating FLower Candles

Do It Yourself ELectric Wax Melter

How To Make A Chunk Pillar Tutorial

Cut and Carve a Candle Video

Candle Making Tools Online

Conversion Table For General Amounts

Free Trouble Shooting Guide

Candle Wick Chart

Online Calculator For Estimating Burn Time Of A Candle

Round Pillar Wax Calculator Online

Online Measurement Converter

Learn About Different Kinds Of Candle Wax

Candle Wax Information

How To Work With Beeswax

Parafin Wax Instruction Chart

Candle Making Downloadables

Free E-book Guide to Wax Art For Fun or Profit

Candle Making Projects

How To Make Aromatherapy Candles

Make a Wax Rose Candle

Hand Rolled Cinnamon Bun Candles

Cookie Cutter Candles

Flower Pot Candle Project

Caked Type Candles

Chocolate Chip Cookie Candles

Cupcake Candle

Gourd Candles

Grubby Candles

Ice Cream Cone Candles

Marbalized Candles

Photo Candle

Scented Primitive Hang Tags

Spiced Pumpkin Tart Candle

Zodiac Candles

Candle Making Recipes
Candle Making Projects For Holidays

Christmas Pine Cone Candle

Green Beer Candle St. Patricks Day

Other Wax Projects

How To Make Scented Wax Tarts

Wax Pinecone Firestarters

How to Make A Wax Dipped Teddy Bear

Wax Dipped Rag Balls

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Candles are used in 7 out of 10 U.S. households.

Candles generally can be categorized into 11 basic types: tapers, votives, pillars, container(or jar) candles, tealights, liturgical candles, outdoor candles, floating candles, novelty candles, utility candles, and birthday candles.

More than 1 billion pounds of wax are used in producing the candles sold each year in the U.S.

Avoid drafts: Burning candles in drafty areas can cause uneven burning and excessive smoking. Not to mention that your candle will burn faster. If you notice the flame of the candle flickering in any direction other than straight up, there is a draft. Prevent drafts by keeping burning candles away from heating and air-conditioning vents and open windows.

Cleanup: If wax has spilled on the carpet the best way to remove it is with paper and an iron. Place a paper towel or brown grocery bag over the spill. Place a heated iron over the paper towel. The heat from the iron will cause the wax to melt and be absorbed into the paper towel.

Extinguishing the flame: To blow out a candle, a candle snuffer works best. If you don't have a candle snuffer readily available, you can blow out the candle by placing an index finger in front of the flame and blowing gently. This causes the air to surround the flame and minimizes splattering of hot wax from the wax pool.

Refrigerate them: Candles that are cold will burn slower. To cool you candle, first wrap in foil or cling wrap to prevent the wick from absorbing any moisture. Pop them in the fridge for about an hour and light! Make sure you don't put them in the freezer instead. They will break!


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