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Learn to Make Hand Dipped Candles


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This time honored tradition is no longer just for exhibitions and history books. You can make candles the old fashioned way in your very own home. Keep them for yourself or give them away as gifts. Then you'll have the satisfaction and pride in saying you made them yourself.

Candle Making Tools

• Double Boiler or Wax Melter
• Wooden Spoon

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• Cotton Candle Wick
• Candle Wax

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There are several ways you can prepare your wick for dipping. You can cut pieces of wick and tie them to a wooden spoon. You can bend the wick in two and hold it at the bend while dipping, or use the method I prefer, as depicted to the right.

By using a double hitch I have 1 long piece of wick left over after I cut the dipped candles off. This is preferable to having 2 small un-useable pieces of candlewick left over had I just tied a separate piece of wick for each candle. This method provides space between the wicks so the candles won't touch while hanging between dips. Since the wicks are attached to the wooden spoon, you don't need to have your hand directly over the candle wax.

Learn to make hand dipped candles step 1
Melt the wax you are going to use to make these candles in a wax melter or a double boiler system on the stove. With the wick tied to the wooden spoon handle, dip it once into the pot with the wax.
Learn to make hand dipped candles step 2
This is what your candles should look like after 5 dips, like immature string beans. Allow the wax to cool completely between dippings. Rest the spoon on two stacks of books so they can cool while hanging. Pull gently on the bottom of the wicks to straighten the developing candles. Learn to make hand dipped candles step 3
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