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Gel Candle Making at Home

Instructions for Making Your Own Gel Candles at Home

Gel candles make great gifts. You might be surprised to find that you can make these bright and colorful candles in your home. It is relatively easy to learn how to make gel wax candles. A bit more skill is required compared to some other types of candle making, but it won’t take long for you to master the art once you start trying it hands on.

Gel Candle Making Instructions

The following instructions are the basics. Always follow the wax manufacturers’ instructions carefully, as products may differ.

  • Before starting, you need a way to keep the wick centered in the middle of the candle during the pouring process. Secure the wick at the bottom of the container at least 30 minutes to an hour before you would like to start pouring. Some people use a bit of glue to keep it in place. Others use some wax. Some have found that if you use wax to secure the wick, the wax may melt when you pour the candle, and the wick might float around slightly instead of staying put. Experiment a bit to see which method works for you.
  • Melt the wax. Always use a non-reactive pot such as stainless steel. Don’t exceed the optimal temperature for the wax or the clarity may become cloudy. Check to see the manufacturer’s suggested temperature.
  • Pour slowly to avoid bubbles. Pouring quickly may cause air to get mixed into the wax. The air bubbles can’t easily escape the thick wax and the wax can harden around them, trapping them and becoming unsightly. Smooth wax is preferable to bubble-ridden wax for most projects. Try pouring carefully and slowly down one side of the holder to help prevent bubbles.
  • Once you pour the wax, make sure the wick is held straight up while it cools. A good way to do this is to tie one end of the wick to a pencil or stick, and suspend it above the candle holder. We often use two food cans on either side of the candle to hold up the pencil.
  • Let cool and trim the wick. That’s all there is to making a simple gel candle at home. Always ensure the containers you pour the wax into are heat proof and approved for candle making use.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 February 2009 )
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