Candle Making Supplies 101

Whether you decide to take up candle making as a hobby or as a business venture, you first have to know what materials you need before you can actually start the process. Here is a list of candle making supplies that you have to put together to make your own candles.

Wax: The foremost candle making supply that you must have is the candle base or wax. There are different kinds of waxes available, depending on the kind of candle you want to make. The basic kinds of waxes include paraffin, beeswax, soy wax and vegetable wax. The most commonly used of these is paraffin. You can buy wax in bulk as slabs, usually for a cheaper price. There are also less conventional choices, such as palm wax and gel, which you may want to try out.

Wick: Wicks come in different sizes and thicknesses. Thicker wicks are best used for bigger candles. This allows the entire candle to burn cleanly, melting even the edges. Although there are a variety of thicknesses, most craft stores only sell a couple of sizes. At the very least, stores sell wicks that can be used for candles of standard sizes, and those will work well with the molds they’re selling. Also, the stores will probably have pre-trimmed wicks with a piece of metal at one end, which are best used for votive candles.

Dyes: Dyes for coloring your candles can be bought in blocks or chips. Add a chip of dye while the wax is melting; don’t put in too much, because some dyes tend to give a strong color even when only a small amount is used. Make sure you don’t get anything on your clothes or other fabric, as candle dye tends to stain permanently.


Scents: Scents that you can use for your candles typically come in small glass containers. These scents are manufactured chemically, and may give off a very strong scent; it is best to add only a few drops while the wax is melting. Start by using the most popular scents, such as vanilla, cinnamon and floral scents.

Molds: A wide assortment of candle molds is available from most craft stores. Take your pick – from basic shapes, such as cylinders, cubes and pyramids to more complicated shapes and figures, such as hearts, stars, roses and even Santa Clause. These molds are available in both metal and plastic pieces. The best part about this candle making supply is that, although these molds are available at stores, you can make them on your own using materials at home! There is no limit to what you can do!

Other Supplies: The aforementioned items are the essentials in candle making; however, there are other candle making supplies you can use. You can buy containers in different sizes where you can place the glasses for better packaging. You can also use stamps and stencils to give your candles great designs. Try them and make your candles stand out!

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