Getting Started With Your Kit
Making candles has been on my crafting to-do list for years, and decided to finally buy this kit as a birthday present to myself. My craft area is in my basement so using other kits that would involve using my stove would be a lot of walking up an down the stairs. I decided to go for this one that I can just conveniently plug in downstairs where all my supplies are located.
1.) First, take everything out of the box and separate the wax warmer machine from all of the miscellaneous parts. Give the inside a quick wipe through to make sure you are starting with a clean pot.
There is a nut and bolt in the melting pot, I would grab pliers and give the nut a soft tighten to prevent wax drippage through the valve before the entire pot of wax is melted. You don't have to do this every time, just the first time using it.
Read through your directions that came with the kit to make sure everything is included and set up correctly and also to be aware of the precautions to prevent any injuries.
2.) Next, turn your machine on, and the light will let you know when it is preheated and ready to go. This is when you will add the wax. I like soy wax the best because it melts a lot faster and is better for your health. Once the wax is melted go ahead and add your essential oils and coloring if you choose to do so. Old broken pieces of crayon have been my favorite thing to use for color.
Which mold to use:
Included in the kit are two plastic molds that once you fill, it takes about an hour to harden. Once they have hardened and cooled down, you will unscrew the bottom of the mold to be able to push the candle out with ease.
Glass jars from GoodWill, Target, or the Dollar Store are my favorite thing to use when making candles that will last much longer. Plus, using jars are a great way to make a homemade gift for someone else. Just a little ribbon or twine, and your gift will be as beautiful as possible with minimal effort. So, in this tutorial I have used jars as the mold.
Once you decide which mold or jar you are going to use, grab a wick that is long enough. I would either use a bit of tape to the bottom of the wick to hold it in place or a dab of hot glue before adding the melted wax. once the wick is attached, be sure to stabilize the wick so it stays put while you are pouring in your meted wax.
To do this, you can take a craft stick (small or large, depending on your jar size) and make a snip with scissors on one of the ends to get the craft stick to split a little…encourage this split (but don't completely break) so you can get the tip of your wick in between to use as a wick stabilizer.
Using your wax melting machine:
Once you have your jar (with the stabilized wick inside) lined up under the valve on your machine, open the valve and let the wax slowly pour in. Keep an eye on your wick to make sure it is standing straight as it fills.
If your jar does not fill all the way, close the valve and add more wax to melt. Add more essentials and colors just as you did for the first half. Once it is all melted, you will be ready to open the valve again and top off your jar until it is full. Then, remove the candle and set on a flat surface to set, cool, and harden. This will take an hour or two, depending on the type of wax you used and any additives.
Below is a photo of the first two wax candles I made with my machine! Incredibly easy, fun, and super addicting.
As you can see I have added colored twine around the top of the jar to add a simple decoration.
That is how you make handmade candles with this Wick Maker Candle Kit. Again, please read the directions and warnings that come with your kit. There are helpful tips for cleaning your machine and troubleshooting too.
Remember you can always try different types of wax, dyes, essential oils, and decorations to make your candles truly original. Hope you have as much fun as I did!
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