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How Do I Get Started in Candle Making?

Our answer to this question is different than most because before we can make recommendations, the questioner needs to answer some things on their own and do some general homework first. We suggest you do the following first:

1. Decide what type of candle you would like to make. For example, waxes used in pillars are different than waxes used in container fills. This also applies to the type of wick that will be needed, etc.
2. Decide if this will be a hobby or a business. The quantities needed will vary greatly depending on your plans.
3. Determine where you will make your candles. If you decide that the place will be your kitchen, make sure you can properly protect the area because you will spill and drip wax.
4. Purchase a book that describes in detail all the safety rules needed in order to make a candle safely.

 
   
  More Frequently Asked Candle Making Questions

How do I get started in candle making?
Are there any good candle making books?
How do I select a wick?
What is "neck height" on wick assemblies?
How do I wick a polyurethane mold?
What type of wax melter should I use?
What is the best wax to use for containers?
What is granulated wax?
Do I need instructions on my candles?
Is there an easier way to make votives?
How can I increase votive burn time?
What is the best candle pouring temperature?
What are essential oils?
How do I know which gel to use?
What causes clouding when I pour gels?
Are additives needed to make wax mottle?
Can I get mottling without the candle sweating?
How do I reduce air bubbles?
How much fragrance should I use?
How much fragrance can be added to gel candles?
What causes my candles to fade?
When I pour my soy wax I get a crusting on top of my candle or it looks like my color bleeds why is this happening?

   
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