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Making Candles

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By Julia Rothman | Jul 3, 2012

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Looking for a beginner homesteading project? Making candles is a great place to start.
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Follow this step-by-step guide on making candles.
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Dissecting everything from tractors and pigs to fences, hay bales, crop rotation patterns, and farm tools, Julia Rothman’s “Farm Anatomy” gives a richly entertaining tour of the quirky details of country life. From the shapes of squash varieties to the parts of a goat; from how a barn is constructed to what makes up a beehive, every corner of the barnyard is uncovered and celebrated.
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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.

    More farm life

    Find more great content from Farm Anatomy in the following articles.

    • Oatmeal Crisps Recipe
    • Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
    • Maple Fudge Recipe


    Excerpted from Farm Anatomy(c) by Julia Rothman, used with permission from Storey Publishing.

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