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Candle Making Basics: How to Make Jar and Other Container-Based Candles


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Melt the Candle Wax
Melt the candle wax in a double boiler.

Melt the candle wax in a double boiler.

Erin Huffstetler

With all of the prep work complete, it's now time to start work on your candles. Let the melting begin!

Assemble Your Double Boiler
For safety reasons wax should always be heated in a double boiler. What's a double boiler? It's essentially a pan inside of a pan. You fill the first pan with water, and then place the second pan (with the wax) inside of it.

If you don't own a double boiler, you can create one by placing an empty can, pan or glass container inside of one of your pans. Just make sure you're not attached to whatever you decide to use – it'll be covered with wax when you're done.

Place Wax in the Double Boiler
Cut the wax into small pieces, and place it in the double boiler. Then, heat over medium heat until the wax is completely melted.

Add color
Decide what color you want your candles to be; then, add bits of crayons in your chosen color to the wax, and heat until melted. Continue adding bits of crayon until you are satisfied with the color.

Tip: If you're not sure how the color will look when it's dry, dip a popsicle stick into your wax. The color on the stick should be a good indicator of your finished color.

Add candle fragrance
Add fragrance to the wax if desired. Then, turn off the stove eye.

Note: Do not leave the stove unattended while heating wax, and be sure to keep a fire extinguisher nearby as a safety precaution.

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