Calling all Chandlers!

I confess that I don’t make candles.

 

It’s not that I dislike them or that I have no interest.  In fact, I’m more and more tempted all of the time to give it a try, but it seems overwhelming to learn everything.  I would need to know which wax to use, how to choose the proper wicks and wick size, and then I would have to test each type and scent.

If you were my teacher, how would you guide me?  Is there a certain book you’d point me to?  A website?  Would you suggest one type of candle that is “newbie friendly?”

How did you start out?  Did you dive right in, learning by trial-and-error, or did you have a mentor guiding you along?

Share with us!

 

 

 

Comments

10 Responses to “Calling all Chandlers!”
  1. val says:

    I started out by making a plain soy candle in a jelly jar.

  2. Sue Grier says:

    I started with making candles from Soy. There were no books and alot was trial and error but find a good candle making supplier and most of their business pages have lots of great information on them. Google or You tube are also a great way to find out how to do things. Since I am Australian Based I originally found lots of information at Natural Candle Supplies but I now do more dealings with Natures Garden in America. They have great ideas etc and the girls are fantastic.

    Have fun with candle making. I started with Soy Candles in jars. The most easiest ones to do.

    Sue

  3. SavonTalk says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience, Sue. I’ll look into those sources; your advice will be helpful to other readers, as well.

  4. SavonTalk says:

    Thank you. With yours and Sue’s advice, it sounds like soy in a jar is the way to start. :-)

  5. ladybugYolanda Mayse says:

    I started by buying a few books on candlemaking. I bought my wax from the (gasp)craft store. I didnt know there was a local supplier. :-) I nearly burned my place down. …..twice! Using a coffee can in a pot of water. That wax was so flammable luckily i had taken safety precautions. The internet became my bff. This was back in 2003. The worst part is the candles sank when they cooled. [bummer]:-) If at first you dont succeed……try, try not to burn the place down? LOL My advice is to take a class and buy a kit. Trial and error is the pits.

  6. SavonTalk says:

    Terrific advice! Thanks for sharing your experience.

  7. Ken Colwill says:

    I started with soy wax, liked the idea of all natural. I read for over a month everything that I could find online. I found the most up to date info is online, most books on candlemaking are outdated, even the newer ones. Things seem to change kinda fast when it comes to soy candle wax and such. I found http://www.candlescience.com has great supplies at reasonable costs and their shipping comes out cheaper than most, they don’t jack up the shipping costs, most others do. Have fun! Oh yea, I started with pillars and votives why not start out with the hardest stuff first…LOL!

  8. Shomo says:

    Good Afternoon Savon Talk,

    I’ve been studying candlemaking for a few years and my first suggestion would be to find a wax supplier close to where you live that can provide you with the supplies and tech advice. Since I live in NY, I have to purchase most of my supplies in Pennsylvania. My preferred supplier is Candles and Supplies (they also have workshops and an annual conference). Craft stores such as Michael’s and Moore are good sources in terms of designing ideas but the materials are overpriced.

    Advanced candlemakers are not really hard to find but we are becoming a rare breed. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. I would be happy to answer them.

    -Shomo

  9. SavonTalk says:

    Thank you, Shomo! Such good information. You might be kept quite busy with questions! ;-)

  10. Beth says:

    All great Advice! Get different brands of wax depending on what kind of candle you are going for. All natural (soy, palm), blends, paraffin, etc Then pick your wick..Cotton core, paper, zinc core, wood (lots of choices!) and your container. Pick a few selected scents, and test test test! Alot of it is personal preference. Some waxes will work better with some fragrances then others. It will be all up to the chandler to keep the scent or to dro pit nd work on another one! Not every wax, wick, color, scent combo is a sucess! I would say Trial n Error will bring you the most satisfaction at the end of the whole process.

    -Beth

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