Making Candles

Making candles can be fun with this charming illustrated guide.

| July 2012

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  • Making Candles
    Follow this step-by-step guide on making candles.
    Courtesy Storey Publishing
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  • Making Candles
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Making candles can be a cinch with this illustrated guide excerpted from Farm Anatomy (Storey Publishing, 2011) by Julia Rothman. Follow each step with accompanying images in the Image Gallery[link], and make candles in no time. 

1. Use double the length of wick for the size candle you want to make. Hang the wick over a frame or stick so there is an equal length on both sides. Tie a washer or nut on both ends to weigh them down.

2. Heat the wax in a double boiler to about 155 to 165 degrees. Add color and scent.

3. Dip the wick in the wax for a few seconds, then let it cool. Keep repeating until you get the desired thickness.



4. Cut off the weights and cut the wick to separate the candles.

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