Candle making is an activity that is growing in popularity in the United States. There are various types of candles that you can make, and one of newest types is the gel candle. They are beautiful to look at, and it takes them a longer time to burn than usual.
Gel candle making supplies are a bit different than those used in making other wax candles or soy candles, but not to worry, you do not have to pay much to get hold of these supplies. The following items are needed to make gel candles: gel, zinc wicks, liquid color dye, fragrance oils and embeds. You also have the option to buy gel candle making kits. These kits contain all the items that you will need. You can buy such kits from your local craft stores, or you can buy from candle making kit sellers online and have them mail the items to you. The latter is a popular way of buying candle making kits in the United States.
How to Make Gel Candles
1. If you bought your candle making supplies separately and not from a candle making kit, choose non-flammable products. Remember that you will be using heat in making it, Chemical guys trim gel so you have to take the necessary precautions. Also, keep a fire extinguisher handy.
2. Do not replace zinc wicks with cotton wicks; the latter can absorb the gel. Your gel candle will not burn well with these. Also, you can glue your wick to the bottom of the container to make sure that it sticks to the center. Do not trim the wick yet, leave it long enough to let it reach outside the container.
3. Cut the gel into small strips, this will aid in melting the gel faster. You can use a double boiler or a multiple cooker in melting the gel. Control the temperature. Do not leave it too high, or the candle can lose its gloss.
4. Wooden spoons should not be used for stirring the gel candle wax, as they can cause bubbles in the mixture. You do not want bubbles in your candle.
5. Once the gel becomes smooth, pour the liquid dye into the mixture. You do not need to pour a lot of the liquid dye; a small drop is all that is needed to add color to your gel candle. Gel candles pick up color more readily than other candle waxes. You can also skip pouring the dye altogether, and keep your the candle clear.
6. To make scented gel candles, you can add scents or fragrance oils to the gel mixture. They can come in low, medium and high densities. The higher the density, the more fragrance it can hold. This also holds true for embeds. You have to keep in mind though, that with a higher density gel candle, the gel will also be thicker. So, it will take a longer time for the gel to melt.
7. Prepare the container that you will be pouring the gel into. Containers used are preferably those that are made of glass, in order for the design to be displayed as well as any decorative embeds. You can also make use of wine glasses and vases.
8. Before pouring the mixture into the container, heat it in the microwave oven for about a minute. If you want embeds to be at the bottom of the container, add these embeds before pouring the mixture into the container. Embeds are great additions to your candles. The embeds that you use can include glitter, crystals, seashells or marbles.