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New at this #186023 03/28/05 03:34 PM
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I am very new at this whole candle making thing. I thought it would be a fun thing to start doing, something interesting to fill the time when my boyfriend works on the weekends. I got a starter kit for Christmas that includes a big chunk of wax, a thermometer, wicks, small metal molds, colors, and scents. I bought a metal pot that looks like it could be used to pour the wax into the molds. I have a few questions about this.
1- I know I need a double boiler. However, can I use the metal pot I bought and use a bigger pot to make a double boiler?
2- How much of the scented wax do I add?
3- How much of the colored wax do I add?
Thanks, I look forward to starting this and I am hoping to get good enough to actually be able to sell my candles at local flea markets! <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Re: New at this #186024 03/04/06 05:26 AM
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Yes you can make a double boiler like that also you can go to Wal-Mart and get one of the big measuring cups(thick ones) for about 4 dollars and use that instead of two pots. The scent depends on what size container you are using so does the color.


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Re: New at this #186025 03/04/06 06:04 AM
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Bettagirl,

Using your pots is fine. Later on you can select other ways to melt your wax, especially if your going to produce candles in larger quantities.
If you are using a quality wax and fragrance then you should need about 1 ounce per pound of wax(6% by weight). Typically you want a 3-8% range by weight. Check the maximum fragrance amount your particular wax will hold by weight.
As for color, that also depends on the concentration of your color. Use about 1/2 oz. in increments for 15 pounds of wax. The kit you received for Christmas should have a color guide of some sort. If it doesn't then do what I do, just wing it. Anything you make is going to aid you in your development as a candlemaker. The most important thing to remember is to have fun with it.

Re: New at this #186026 09/06/06 02:04 AM
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What else is great just starting out is Presto Pots!! or even a turkey Roaster... you can keep it on warm, and leaves it at a perfect pour temp!!

Re: New at this [Re: Bettagirl] #313098 05/13/07 03:40 PM
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Hi i to am new at this i am trying to do sand casting. where the sand sticks to out side of wax . hope to hear from others that do this hope to hear from anyone doing this my e-mail is dondavidson9@aol.com i live in Paducah, Ky.

Re: New at this [Re: dondavidson] #490459 02/02/09 11:04 PM
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I live in Paducah, KY too! Great to see a local "face" on here!


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Take a look at my article titled, "Making sand mold candles." This will give you some ideas on your candle making project. Let me know if you have any questions.


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Re: New at this [Re: noktor] #575277 01/03/10 05:13 PM
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I've always wanted to try candle making, but have a concern for the ingredients that are used. How safe are they?


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