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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How to Make Hand Dipped Candles ( Free eBook)

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Making Hand Dipped Candles

Candles in the current scenario are used for several purposes like decoration & gifts. They are always an indispensable part of the festivities and usual home decor. Candle making is a great pastime for special moments as well, for instance parents making candles together with their children, or gifting the same to your family & friends on special occasions. These are also an excellent craft to sell.

Hand dipped candles add elegance to our homes, act as a gracious center piece for the dinner tables, add vibrancy at the wedding receptions, and appeal one & all with varied colors and scents.

Yet, making hand dipped candles is not recommended for the beginners. In order to get to these, one must have the basics of candle making right under their belt. Also the process is very time consuming that might frustrate the beginners.

With unique color schemes hand dipped candles form a rare style of candle making. For interesting ideas and inspirations, just log on the internet or look out in the near by library or book store to search for books that are filled in with pictures and ideas to make interesting hand dipped candles for all occasions. On the online sources many a times you might also come across the gorgeous pictures of hand dipped candles along with the step by step instruction manual to make them yourself. The candle making books and online stores also offer interesting color palettes and charts to make newer shades for your hand dipped candles.


    • A large amount of paraffin wax
    • Wick
    • Double boiler for melting the wax
    • Wooden spoons
    • Bowls
    • Good quality thermometer
    • Color-There are various sorts of colors available for the hand dipped candles-namely chips, cakes, liquid, powder, etc.
    • Fragrances (optional)- While adding fragrances to your hand dipped candles ensure that the scents you use are pure oils with absolutely no alcohol or water base.

  • Heating the Wax
Just like the regular candles, heat the wax at 160 degrees Fahrenheit in a double boiler. Check with a thermometer for the temperature. Once the wax has reached the desired temperature, minimize the heat so as to maintain the wax in a liquid form.

  • Add the Colors and Scents
When the wax is heated at the right temperature, add the color dyes. Start adding from little quantities and keep on adding more only if required.

Beware that too much of scents also disturb the quality of the candle burning, so watch that the scents or aromas you add must be mild enough.

  • Wick
Now cut the wick just a little more than required. In case you are planning to make a set of candles, make sure to cut equal lengths of the wicks.

  • Building the Candle
Dip the wick in the candle wax and make sure that you coat it properly. It is the key step involved in building the hand dipped candles. Every time you dip the wick, be sure that you coat it well enough, let it cool for a second or two and proceed for another dip. With each dip the candle grows in size.

In case you want the candle to have more than one color, keep the wax of another color ready for the dip.

  • Completing the Candle
After the candle reaches the desired width, shave it using a soft blade. Keep the tip pointed. After shaving, dip your candle just a few more times in order to smoothen its body.


Your hand dipped candles is ready to use!




Making hand dipped candle is quite consuming, but looking at the final creation, the toil, effort and time is all the worth!

In order to practice economically that is without wasting any materials, melt the wax from your waste candles or those you are freshly building. Use them over & over again, unless and until, you perfect the process.




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